Question Ruger Mini-30 Ranch Rifle - Shooting Sports Forum

Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

Like Tree5Likes
  • 2 Post By Gray
  • 2 Post By RJF
  • 1 Post By COSteve
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-19-2016, 07:25   #1
Registered Member
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 1
Ruger Mini-30 Ranch Rifle

Hello, long story short i won a ruger mini 30 ranch rifle, i have never shot/held one, so my question is can i shoot a 30 Carbine round out of it? or only 7.62x39? Pretty rookie question i know but just trying to figure it out before i got out shooting. thanks!
ghuggins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2016, 08:15   #2
Full Member
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 154
First, welcome to the forum. Your rifle only shoots 7.62 X 39. Attempting to shoot any other cartridge will be dangerous. I highly reccomend that you visit a gun store for advice and to acquaint yourself with the choices of rounds available in this caliber.
COSteve and flashhole like this.
Gray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2016, 09:55   #3
Full Member
RJF's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Posts: 5,632
ghuggins, what Gray said! To include "Welcome to the forum".

Several members here have problems with steel-cased ammo, like Wolf and Tula. Those usually have Berdan primers, that require just a bit more penetration of the primer by the firing pin to fire (there are fixes to this, but for you, you would probably need a gunsmith that is knowledgeable about Mini-30s). Others don't, but why chance it (unless you are going to be doing a LOT of shooting)? The brass-cased stuff is generally far more reliable, cleaner, easier on the gun, and usually re-loadable (even if you don't re-load, you can share your expended brass with those that do). It is also generally more expensive, but IMHO, worth it. Failures to fire just sort of suck the fun out of shooting such a fun gun. If your Mini-30 works with the commie steel-cased Berdan-primed ammo stuff, great! Perhaps get a small amount to see how well your Mini handles it. It is generally dirtier, though.

Just for perspective, here is some Swiss ammo that is brass-cased and boxer-primed (re-loadable):
Geco 7.62x39mm Ammo 124 Grain Full Metal Jacket

This is from a guy who only has Mini-14s in 5.56, so take this with a grain of salt.
Even Gurus were a rookie once. Don't be embarrassed to ask questions and use the search function.
sandog and tcsafety like this.
RJF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2016, 04:26   #4
Full Member
sandog's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Smack Dab in the Middle of Arizona
Posts: 3,122
Geco should be good ammo, I have only used Geco pistol ammo, but it is good. You could also try Fiocchi or, my favorite, PPU (Privi Partisan).
If you must shoot steel case, Berdan primed ammo for economic reasons, try Red Army Standard.
The few boxes I shot were 100% ignition.
sandog is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2016, 06:00   #5
Full Member
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 415
Only time I have had a serious problem with my mini 30, was shooting hornady steel case ammo. It fired every rd but 3 out of 3 didn't eject but I was running a .070 gas bushing at the time. My biggest concern was the last rd was stuck in the chamber and I had to use some force to get it out. I will not be using it again in My mini 30. At first it sucks when you learn the mini isn't up to shooting steel case ammo. I mean that's the biggest advantage to the 7.62 rd. $5.99 for a box of 20 in my area. I have moved past that I can get the ppu bass case local for $10.99. That's still cheaper than most any other 30 cal ammo in my area. I am going to leave the steel case to the Sks.
Southernhunter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2016, 06:44   #6
Kevin's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,714
30 Carbine and 7.62x39 are totally different cartridges.

Will not work.
Kevin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2016, 06:50   #7
Full Member
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Azle, TX
Posts: 250
Take Gray's advice. People at the gun shop will show you how to disassemble it too.
flashhole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016, 14:56   #8
Full Member
COSteve's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,364
Originally Posted by flashhole View Post
People at the gun shop will show you how to disassemble it too.
Or better yet, you can watch the Ruger Arms made YouTube videos for the Mini-14 (same as the Mini-30 but a different caliber).

Dissembling the Mini-14

Reassembling the Mini-14

Cleaning the Mini-14

Going to the source, if possible, is always a good place to start. 👍
RJF likes this.

"Noli nothis permittere te terere" - Various
"No Matter Where You Go, There You Are." - Confucius
COSteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 15:09   #9
Registered Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4
Mini-Thirty & 7.62X39

The 7.62 ammo KICKS more than the .30 Carbine does! Be ready and lean into it a bit. You will shortly get used to the kick. It is about the same as a .30-30, and ballistically they are nearly the same.......................elsullo
elsullo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 16:22   #10
Full Member
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 71
Welcome! And congrats on the new mini-30. I love my older ('99 vintage) mini-30 and it's one of the lucky ones that eats anything I throw at it, including yugo spam can, Tula/brown/silver/golden bear, you name it.

I added an accuracy systems adjustable gas port/barrel stabilizer and really like being able to adjust the gas to keep the action from beating itself to death with hotter loads.

I just started reloading for the mini-30, too and it's generally a fun rifle to tinker with and inexpensive to shoot. Hoping to take my son on his first hog hunt soon and he'll either use the mini or my old model '94 30-30 lever gun.
SBH2OMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2016, 14:25   #11
Full Member
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 415
I'd be interested in hearing a accuracy report. Congrats on the new gun.
Southernhunter is offline   Reply With Quote


30 carbine, 7.62x39, mini-30

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 13:51.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
All information is copyright by unless already under copyright.