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

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Old 03-15-2020, 12:46   #1
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Hi all, I,m on a few forums, hunting, machining, and the like, but I've not seen the amount of knowledge and willingness to share it as I've seen here on this site! I know I appreciate it, as I'm sure many others out there do also.

After reading here for a while, maybe 2 hours or so, I knew I needed a mini 14. So I started at my local gun shop and there it was. Stainless steel ranch rifle synthetic stock. I wasted no time when I got home firing it just to get a feel for it. 20 rounds had me hooked. You all talk about this gun being fun to shoot, that's an understatement. I've got a 10/22 I've had since I was 16 years old. I'm almost 70 now, and all the guns I've had, and still have, next to my 22, my mini is the most fun to shoot. So I did a bit of work to it. Polished the trigger. I didn't remove any from the seers, just a good polish. I made a new gas bushing, .043, brass goes about 8-10 ft. Installed an amegaranges mount. Then I tried a Holo site, didn't like it to much, so I bought a trijicon 1 to 4 scope for it. I mounted it last night and shot it today. 4 shots got me on the bulls eye at 30 yds, 1" high. I'm looking forward to better weather so I can shoot the s...t out of it.

I'll post some pics when I figure out how.

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Old 03-15-2020, 13:44   #2
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Sounds like you made a good purchase.
However I see no pics so not sure it happened
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Old 03-15-2020, 14:16   #3
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Yup....though many, many years ago....I still remember what love at first Mini-14 feels like.

You will soon find out that Mini-14 Rifles have a lot in common with Lays Potato Chips....you can't have just one!
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buggsy, first of all, welcome to the forum from Central Virginia!

I hope you cleaned "your precious" before first firing! Ruger puts a bunch of gunk on them when they leave the factory. That gunk is tougher to remove if you shoot it first!

Check the gap between the upper/lower parts of the gas block: they sometimes leave the factory uneven, which will affect accuracy.

Blue loctite on the rear-sight screws goes a very long way. My recent 583 Mini purchase came with a small tube of it. Same with the P-Rail should you choose to mount...If the rear sight bugs you, consider Tech Sights - they are far better!

As Jump pointed out! I'm on my third!

Factory mags are most reliable.

Minis are the most fun you can have with your clothes on!!!

Pics when you have enough posts (10?).

Lots of tweaks here of a fine carbine!

It is not a sniper rifle! But some here make it a pretty great substitute.
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Welcome aboard. Keep us posted on your Mini adventures!
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:11   #6
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Welcome to the forum, buggsy. Sounds like you have your new Mini set up well.

I know about weather frustrations. Although we had a mild winter here at 6600 feet, now it seems we are getting all the rain and snow. At least now when it snows overnight it melts off quickly, staying above 38 at night.
Bluebirds, Gnats, Killdeer, and patches of green, buds on the trees, spring is just around the corner.

Hang in there, you'll be able to break that Mini in properly soon !
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Old 03-16-2020, 05:36   #7
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Thanks for the reply's, I got the gun used. I did clean it though. I forgot to say that I removed the lip on the OP rod also and put a 1911 buffer in front. Do you think I need one in back too? Just figured out how to post pics. More to come.
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:23   #8
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Glad you decided to run a front buffer, those are the most important, but many guys only use a rear buffer for reasons unknown.
Use a rear buffer too, just make sure the guide rod inside the recoil spring goes back in with the pointy end UP towards the hand guard. Putting it in pointed down will cause cycling problems, as in it won't cycle smoothly or at all.



Ditch the fugly worthless Ruger handguard and get a Choate. Only $14, lighter, better cooling and much better looking. That stupid cover over the op-rod on the factory handguard isn't needed.
No one has ever injured their fingertips by letting them touch the moving op-rod, that's just Ruger's lawyers covering their posterior.

Or better yet, get an Ultimak railed handguard. Yes, they run $140, but are the very best place to mount an optic on a Mini. Keeps the red dot or scope away from the action and ejecting brass, and helps stiffen your barrel like a strut.
Allows you to mount the optic nice and low, as opposed to way high when mounted over the action.
And gets the optic away from your eye for increased peripheral vision, eliminates "tunnel vision".

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buggsy, it looks like you did a great job on lip removal!

Agree with Sandog, a buffer at the rear, too. They'll last forever!
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Old 03-16-2020, 13:11   #10
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It says I need 5 posts before I can post a picture? I posted 2 earlier, what's wrong?
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Old 03-16-2020, 13:12   #11
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I only had 2 posts.
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Old 03-16-2020, 13:14   #12
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Now I have 5. Lets see what happens.
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Old 03-16-2020, 13:19   #14
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It worked. I removed the lip on my bridgeport. Then I polished it on a special buffing wheel I have.
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Buggsy, looks like your second pic was from Australia!
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