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I picked up a 180 series Mini 14 a few months ago. I've only put a couple hundred rounds threw the gun and got a surprise yesterday. The extractor blew apart and I only found a few pieces. I'm the 2nd owner of this Mini 14 and the gun only has about 500rds threw it total. I tried looking online for parts but everyone is sold out or back ordered. I took the gun to my smith and he said that it'll take about 3 weeks for the parts to arrive. He said Ruger is notriously slow at sending out parts???

:confused: Is there any truth to this? I'm pretty miffed that i just got this gun and something is broken on it. I have a stainless steel Mini 14 that has over 7000rds threw it without a single thing breaking or falling off.
 

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Soda the 180 is the first series, and some parts for the 180 are different than 181 to present. I hate to say it but I did'nt think any parts were available for the 180's. Seems someone said Ruger would take a 180 and replace it with a newer series rifle at little or no cost to the owner. You can do a search I think another fella posted about a broken 180 series awhile back. Anyway let us know what Ruger says I'm curious myself on this. I hope I'm wrong on the parts situation and parts are available.
 

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Soda. I have a friend that has been looking for an extractor for his 180 for a couple of years now with no luck. Please let us know if you happen to find a source for parts. Sorry for the discouraging news.
 

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I know a gunsmith locally here that made me a new hammer and trigger for my Ruger Bearcat. This was before they started making them again and Ruger had no spare parts for them. It cost me about a hundred bucks to have this done.

If worse comes to worst and you cant find an extractor, this might be an option to explore. By all means save that broken extractor to give a smith something to work with!
 

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Whoops!!! Sorry for the mis information fella's I think my Mini 14 is a 182 or 183. I don't know much about the whole production history and just refer to the older ones as 180s:rolleyes:

Give me a break I just know how to shoot them not talk about them.:confused: :D

I don't have it here so I can't give you the serial number. I just got some rolling eyes when I talked to my smith. He hates dealing with Ruger.

By all means save that broken extractor to give a smith something to work with!
Umm..... I couldn't find it. I found a little stub in the gun but the spring and whatever else was gone.
 

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If it is NOT a 180 series,and they are easy to tell apart,especially if you have one to compare with,then you have a totally different situation. I would call Ruger or email them and advise them of the problem and see what they say,maybe they'd send you one. Ruger is well known for their outstanding customer service!
 

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Yeah I'd try Ruger first also. You'd have to wait as long as the gunsmith would and wont get the markup since it may be free to you.

You might even be able to install it yourself. I got three of em and have never disassembled a bolt fron one so cant tell you how to do it but I bet instructions are downloadable somewhere. It cant be that hard. If you give me the actual series prefix of it I bet the parts numbers are right in my manual for it. Probably need the little plunger & spring too.

I just glanced at one of mine and you say it broke into multiple pieces (2 or more?). Made me wonder if it was factory or reloads that you were shooting. It dont look like something that should break too easy, fairly thick little part.
 

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I was shooting my reloads and they never broke anything on my SS Mini 14. I believe the extractor consists of 3 pieces. There is a spring the extractor and a little collar piece. I've been told that they are a bitch to take apart and you need some kind of tool to do it right.
 

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Hey soda, sorry to hear about your troubles, but you came to the right place.
(1) Here is a new extractor for $6. 49 (double check the part number matches your mini series) http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/Home/default.aspx
(2) Here is a schematic to go buy: http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/Schematic...aspx?schemid=25
(3) Here is the instructions ( Work in a large ziplock bag, and use glasses): http://www.perfectunion.com/forums/showthr...place+extractor

Hope ya get yer mini back up, and shooten soon. ;)
 

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I don't heat up my Mini 14 like I heat up my FAL or AR, but I don't expect my Mini 14 to explode with my reloads or military surplus.

While we're talking about my newest Mini 14.......................

The one I have is a standard model. I picked it up with a cheap 4x scope, B-Square scope mount and 2 PMI 20rd mags for $450. My other Mini 14 is a Ranch model and I have't had one freakin problem with the scope or rings on that.


Whats the reputation for the B-Square mounts on the standard models? If the mount is crap I might just sell it off or shelf it. I can shoot about 4 MOA with the irons and thats good enough for me.

Is the mount worth anything?
 

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Oh, 1 thing I forgot to mention, is reloads. Since no two rifles are the same, especially if the reloads are near the upper pressure, I personally wouldn't shoot them in another rifle till I reduced the powder, and shot up to pressure, then down to the sweet spot for best accuracy. Maby in your new mini the reloads excedded the max pressure? I don't know what ya have, just thought I'd mention it.

You can also do a search on the B-square mount. Just enter key words, and several threads on that subject will come up.
 

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I broke the extractor on my 185 after 10 years and many thousands of rounds. Sent the bolt to Ruger and they fixed it and sent it back to me next day air at no charge. The customer service was good enough to sway me to buy a model 77 when I saw one on sale a few weeks later.
 

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That link implies it would be easy as long as it don't go boing on you. Ziplock bag is a good idea. Extra bolts I am considering at this point. Good luck with it and let us know how it turns out.

klutz347,

Nice trick question in your sig line. I'm HVAC trade so felt compelled to answer. I admit it baffled me for about 10 minutes when trying to use the calculator on it, but then realized it was a no brainer when you think about it. No calculator needed and there can be more than one answer depending on your elevation!

If it is zero degrees outside today and it is going to be twice as cold tommorrow, how cold will it be?
The answer is -36 C or -32.8 F!
(Edited to put in the correct answer, one little decimal or conversion not done right will bring down a sattellite!)

Correct? If not pease splain' :D
 

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Originally posted by Soda Pop
Stupid me....

I have the receipt for the gun with the serial number on it.

165-15843

Now what?
Call Ruger, and ask them date of manuf., and if they still have parts for it. (603) 865-2442
 

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klutz347,

Nice trick question in your sig line. I'm HVAC trade so felt compelled to answer. I admit it baffled me for about 10 minutes when trying to use the calculator on it, but then realized it was a no brainer when you think about it. No calculator needed and there can be more than one answer depending on your elevation!

The answer is -36 C or -32.8 F!
(Edited to put in the correct answer, one little decimal or conversion not done right will bring down a sattellite!)

Correct? If not pease splain' :D
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You are correct sir.

I have used that sig. line for about 6 years, on verious sites and I have had only a handful of people try to anwser it (and they all said zero). But you are the first that has anwsered it correct.

A hardy "Well Done" to you.

I got it out of a book that my wife gave to me for my birthday, now it looks like I will have to find it and come up with a new question. :mad:
 

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Stupid me.... I didn't even see your sig line klutz. I guess I couldn't see the forest for all the trees. I will pay more attention next time. ;)
 
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