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Hello all, I've recently inherited a 184 series mini from my dad after he passed a while back. My initial reaction was to sell it as I was pretty broke but after test firing it (discovering it had a bad disconnector and getting it repaired) it grew on me.

I've done quite a bit of reading and familiarized myself with it (disassembly, cleaning, etc.) and I'm really liking this little rifle. I guess the point of this topic is I'm wanting to know what all I can do to upgrade or extend the service life. Id really only use it for defense or going the range/plinking. its already got a choate folding stock which seems to be decent quality and I like. I bought a reflex sight and the rail is on the way. Thanks for any info/input!
 

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To see better accuracy at the range, reloading is a good first step. I saw improvements from increasing overall length (bullets out further) to 2.24-2.25 inches. Also consider a trigger job by GunDoc on here, and a reduced-diameter gas bushing. For further improvement, look into barrel struts and flash hiders to damp out barrel vibrations. If you just want a simple and reliable zombie gun, do nothing to it..
 

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Both. The owner's manual (available online) says 5.56 or .223 is fine for all Minis with the exception of the target model. The target Mini is the only one that requires .223. I think it's something to do with the length of the chamber for 5.56 being infantesimally longer than that required for .223 and the target model has the shorter chamber dimension for .223 for better accuracy. "Shorter" being that the lands and grooves start exactly at the case length for .223 whereas all other Minis the rifling starts at the 5.56 dimension. Someone correct me on that chamber info if there's a problem with it, though I'm positive of the regular Minis shooting both (I believe page 13 if memory serves correctly) Enjoy!
 

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Right on, thanks for the info. I saw the manual online but it just didnt come right out and state that it was chambered for 5.56. I ended up with a few hundred rounds of 5.56 my dad had and was alittle wary of going nuts at the range with it.
 

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Look for the post I had about my mini. I think BWRAVEN posted a list of serial numbers and twist rates and if you could fire either. I would link it but I cant. The link he posted was awesome and very helpful.

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Step one....

Open Wallet. Step 2 chase all threads on struts, optics and stocks.
Step 3 spend a pile finding the EXACT round your mini likes.
Step 4 post results and PICS here
Simple HUH?
 

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Look for the post I had about my mini. I think BWRAVEN posted a list of serial numbers and twist rates and if you could fire either. I would link it but I cant. The link he posted was awesome and very helpful.

Charlie
Here's the post from BWRaven. Great info he put together from several sources.

Combining it all:

180 Series Mini-14
Beginning
Serial Nbr
180-00001--1974--1 in 10
180-05101--1975--1 in 10
180-28282--1976--1 in 10
180-59251--1977--1 in 10

Mini-14
Thin barrel, ejector is in the bolt, no scope ring scallops cast into the receiver.
Beginning
Serial Nbr
181-07488--1978--1 in 10
181-48351--1979--1 in 10
181-84879--1980--1 in 10
182-45601--1981--1 in 10
183-03581--1982--1 in 10
183-40455--1983--1 in 10
184-17175--1984--1 in 10
184-26063--1985--1 in 10
184-95448--1986--1 in 10 and 1 in 7
185-14140--1987--1 in 7
185-50455--1988--1 in 7
185-56556--1989--1 in 7
185-81009--1990--1 in 7
186-05029--1991--1 in 7
186-18250--1992--1 in 7
186-20065--1993--1 in 7
186-31116--1994--1 in 7
186-42502--1995--1 in 7
186-58133--1996--1 in 7
186-66855--1997--1 in 7 and 1 in 9
186-81445--1998--1 in 9
186-87432--1999--1 in 9
*196-06325-2000--1 in 9
*196-44553-2001--1 in 9
*196-80982-2002--1 in 9
*196-99207-2003--1 in 9
*197-12180-2004--1 in 9
* Mini-14 serial numbers rollmarked with Mini-14 Ranch Rifles beginning in 2000

Ranch Rifle
Thin barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer sytem using the recoil spring assembly.
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Serial Nbr
187-00001--1982--1 in 10
187-02611--1983--1 in 10
187-13218--1984--1 in 10
187-27226--1985--1 in 10
187-50919--1986--1 in 10 and 1 in 7
187-59308--1987--1 in 7
187-70033--1988--1 in 7
187-84127--1989--1 in 7
188-01157--1990--1 in 7
188-30499--1991--1 in 7
188-50902--1992--1 in 7
188-66901--1993--1 in 7
188-71086--1994--1 in 7
188-85981--1995--1 in 7
195-06037--1996--1 in 7
195-27761--1997--1 in 7 and 1 in 9
195-44221--1998--1 in 9
195-63542--1999--1 in 9
196-06325--2000--1 in 9
196-44553--2001--1 in 9
196-80982--2002--1 in 9
196-99207--2003--1 in 9
197-12180--2004--1 in 9

New Mini-14 Ranch Rifle
580 Ranch Rifle (early version): Thin barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer sytem using the recoil spring assembly, new tooling resulting in a slightly different look to the receiver (more rounded edges, etc.)
580 Ranch Rifle (later version)-581: Thicker flanged barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer sytem using the recoil spring assembly, new tooling resulting in a slightly different look to the receiver (more rounded edges, etc.)
Beginning
Serial Nbr
580-00001--2005--1 in 9
580-15286--2006--1 in 9
580-32382--2007--1 in 9
580-50951--2008--1 in 9
* 580-76276
and 581-00000--2009--1 in 9
* 581-48753--2010--1 in 9
* 581-71056--2011--1 in 9
* 581-95645--2012--1 in 9
* New Mini-14 Ranch Rifles rollmarked with Mini Thirty Rifles beginning in 2009.

Mini-30
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186-00501--1986--1 in 10
189-00001--1987--1 in 10
189-15143--1988--1 in 10
189-17652--1989--1 in 10
189-25005--1990--1 in 10
189-38805--1991--1 in 10
189-51041--1992--1 in 10
189-52528--1993--1 in 10
189-59348--1994--1 in 10
189-65480--1995--1 in 10
189-75697--1996--1 in 10
189-82126--1997--1 in 10
189-84971--1998--1 in 10
189-89313--1999--1 in 10
189-96162--2000--1 in 10
*196-06325-2001--1 in 10
*196-44553-2002--1 in 10
*196-99207-2003--1 in 10
*197-12180-2004--1 in 10
* Mini Thirty serial numbers rollmarked with Mini-14 Ranch Rifles beginning in 2001

New Mini-30
Beginning
Serial Nbr
581-01002--2006--1 in 10
581-05892--2007--1 in 10
581-06747--2008--1 in 10
581-11910--2009--1 in 10
581-48753--2010--1 in 10
581-71056--2011--1 in 10
581-95645--2012--1 in 10
 

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Hello all, I've recently inherited a 184 series mini from my dad after he passed a while back. My initial reaction was to sell it as I was pretty broke but after test firing it (discovering it had a bad disconnector and getting it repaired) it grew on me.

I've done quite a bit of reading and familiarized myself with it (disassembly, cleaning, etc.) and I'm really liking this little rifle. I guess the point of this topic is I'm wanting to know what all I can do to upgrade or extend the service life. Id really only use it for defense or going the range/plinking. its already got a choate folding stock which seems to be decent quality and I like. I bought a reflex sight and the rail is on the way. Thanks for any info/input!
Honestly,

I wouldn't care what the gun was. If I inherited it from my father, I would NOT sell it ever. The gun would always remind me of my own father and that in itself is good enough not to sell it.

Since it was your dads, I'd fix whatever is broken with the gun and I'd leave it in the last condition your father had it in. For reasons I said above.
 

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Good point dacotua, yeah that's mainly what stopped me from selling it. Its fixed and shoots great and I gave it a good ocd cleaning with cleaning supplies that were my dads no less. He was a super practical down to earth guy and I'm sure he'd want me to hang on to it as he was a big fan of the mini and I that's what I plan on doing. I've always been a fan of keeping things simple and reliable. So beyond optics and a flashlight, Im probably not going to be adding much to it.

Thanks for the serial number and twist info, much appreciated guys!
 

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Honestly,

I wouldn't care what the gun was. If I inherited it from my father, I would NOT sell it ever. The gun would always remind me of my own father and that in itself is good enough not to sell it.

Since it was your dads, I'd fix whatever is broken with the gun and I'd leave it in the last condition your father had it in. For reasons I said above.
Thank you very much!!!

I watch shows like Pawn Stars all the time. Guys go in and say something like, "well my grandfather wore it all over europe in WWII and left it to me when he died but id rather get 20 bucks for it":wacko:
 

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Thank you very much!!!

I watch shows like Pawn Stars all the time. Guys go in and say something like, "well my grandfather wore it all over europe in WWII and left it to me when he died but id rather get 20 bucks for it":wacko:
The guns I own that were my fathers are all cleaned and in one of my gunsafes.

On a particular pistol, I spent more time and money on it to get it in working condition than one probably would. (Its a old gun and after I cleaned it, during a punction test I had two things break. It took me a whole lot of time and effort to find parts. But now the gun works like new like my father would want.
 

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The guns I own that were my fathers are all cleaned and in one of my gunsafes.

On a particular pistol, I spent more time and money on it to get it in working condition than one probably would. (Its a old gun and after I cleaned it, during a punction test I had two things break. It took me a whole lot of time and effort to find parts. But now the gun works like new like my father would want.
My older brother got ahold of my grandpas cheap J.C. Higgins Model 20 pump shotgun. He went and chopped the barrel and hacked the stock. I was sooo pissed when i found out. Its in my posession now but the damage is done:angry:

Only consolation is i got his straight razor before anybody else could get their grubby hands on it
 
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