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Is there a FAQ somewhere on the Mini-14/30? Something that covers model differences, serial number ranges, things like that?

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Hey Tdog, the best I can do is give you this chart, and say that everyone that sells stocks, state; they will not fit the 180 series hope this helps.


Ruger Mfg Dates
Mini-14, Ranch Rifle, and Mini-30

Year Mini-14------------Ranch-------- Mini-30
1974 180-00001
1975 180-05101
1976 180-28282
1977 180-59251
1978 181-07488
1979 181-48351
1980 181-84879
1981 182-45601
1982 183-03581-------------------- 187-00001
1983 183-40455--------------------187-02611
1984 184-17175-------------------187-13218
1985 184-26063--------------------187-27226
1986 184-95448--------------------187-50919
1987 185-14140-----187-59308-----189-00001
1988 185-50455-----187-70033-----189-15143
1989 185-56556-----187-84127-----189-17652
1990 185-81009-----188-01157-----189-25005
1991 186-05029-----188-30499-----189-38805
1992 186-18250-----188-50902-----189-51041
1993 188-66901-----188-66901-----189-52528

2000 196- -------------196--------------?-
 

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Thanks cajungeo. That helps a lot. Was there a hiatus of manufacturing between 1994 and 2000?

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The mini-14 shoots .223 Remington or 5.56 x 45 nato, the mini-30 shoots 7.62x 39mm, the Ranch is designed for a scope, i.e. it ejects brass to the right, the receiver is groved, & comes with scope rings. The mini-14 was origionally manuf. post ban, i.e. before 1994 so Ruger made some 20 rd. mags. They are some out there. Also other manuf also made some. The mini-30 is harder to get decent hi cap mags. Hope this helps.
 

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Hey Tocodog, sorry I missed your last question. I asked my papy what was a hiatus, and he said it was the thing between my ears. There was no hiatus in manuf. between 1994, and 2000. It was an older list that stoped in 94, and I added mine which was a 196- . I just don't have an updated list to fill in the gap. Sorry for the confusion.
 
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