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Old 10-18-2011, 07:40   #451
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Sounds like a good set up.
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Old 10-22-2011, 22:11   #452
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Hey everyone. I purchased my 580 Mini-14 almost a year ago but never got an opportunity to shoot it until recently. I have to say that I love it. I've shot lots of different rifles including M16s and M4s, SKS, etc. and I think this is my favorite. It's just a fun little gun to shoot. That's about it! If any of you are up in the North Country of New York send me a PM and maybe we can work on getting together to shoot.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:41   #453
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Greetings from Salt Flats, Texas

Hey everyone, I joined late last night And thought that I would say hi this morning.
My name is Sabrina, "Brie" for short. I am 61, and retired Army. My sweetie pie and I have been very happily married for going on 19 years now, and we are building our Hanger Home located on a long, thin 80 acres with our own 4,700 foot grass airstrip while we live in it. (We are both pilots, as well as shooters).
I first picked up a rifle at twelve, joined the NRA, and in two weeks went up to Sharpshooter in the youth division.
I have regularly been shooting and hunting since I was fourteen. I shot National Match one year while in the Army, and started shooting SASS in 1993, a year after I started reloading.
My Mini 14 is a "200th year of Freedom" Commemorative that I shoot regularly.
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Old 10-30-2011, 14:19   #454
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What do you fly?
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Old 10-30-2011, 14:37   #455
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I fly a 1940 Taylorcraft BC 65, a 1946 Cessna 140, An Avenger ultralight, and An ultralight Replica of an Aeronca C-2
I am currently building a replica of the Heath Parasol, the Heath Baby Bullet, and the Santos Dumont Demoselle.
What do you fly?
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Old 11-01-2011, 17:23   #456
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I guessed the Taylorcraft and the C-2 replica has me intrigued!

I flew Cessna 172s for a while but ran out of money so now I fly OH-58Ds in the Army.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:31   #457
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happytobehere :-)
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Old 12-06-2011, 21:20   #458
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New from Louisiana. GEAUX TIGERS!!!

And "How 'BOUT DEM SAINTS!"

I'm a new member but have been lurking the mini 14 posts for a long time. I own 2 minis, a model 180 "Bicentennial" blue/wood that I bought from an old lady ($75) that shot it everyday from her back porch. She NEVER cleaned it, other than rubbing the exterior with a rag. I'm still getting copper out of the barrel and I've swabbed it over a hundred times. I haven't shot this one yet, and might not. Not even Ruger makes replacement parts for the very old models anymore.

This is my "when the stuff hits the fan" rifle. I LOVE this rifle! A Mini 14, model 196 SS/poly that I bought new in 1999 for $450. It is scoped with an old Redfield lo-pro 3X9 accu-range on the factory rings. No mods yet except that I honed the trigger sears (it made a difference in trigger feel). I have put over a thousand rounds through it and NEVER had a malfunction. No FTF, FTL or FTE's. And it is fed the cheapest ammo I can find from a factory Ruger 5 round clip, and cheap 20 and 30 round SS clips. Mods in the future include a Mo-rod, a flash hider of some kind (maybe getting the barrel threaded for a AR bird cage), a M14 style rear sight as opposed to the little flip up, and some tall see through rings (I don't like what is available out there now but I'll make my own if I can get my hands on a Bridgeport mill).

Glad to be a member and enjoy reading all of your posts. Lots of good information and ideas. I really like the AR/ Mini rivalries.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:01   #459
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This is from someone who is retired army, and has carried the M-14, and M-16, the 1911, and the 92SB as their carry weapons.
I can take the M-14, or it's little brother the Mini 14, and horizontal butt stroke someone halfway to Pluto with it, ans have NO damage to the rifle. Try that with an M-16 or an AR-15, and you just cleaned off the recoil buffer.
As far as the pistols go, you shoot someone with the 1911, and they go DOWN. I have SEEN people hit with multiple chest shots from a "Wundernine", still shoot back.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:18   #460
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Well Giddy-Giddy-Wop-Wop!! I figured as much when I saw your screen name. Thanks for picking up the torch, when I, and others of my generation handed it to you. I flew the UH-1, the Ch-47, and the UH-60.
I live 80 miles east of Biggs Army Airfield, and shop at Bliss once or twice a month. I am right under the MTR, and every time that I see them fly by, it brings back happy memories. Get your fill of flying helicopters now, because flying them as a Civilian is WAAAY more expensive than flying Fixed wings. I know that I could afford to BUILD a Rotorway Exec, but I don't think that I could afford to keep it flying, and that would be with me performing the maintanance myself.
If you ever get stationed at Biggs, let me know, we can talk ove a cup of coffee somewhere.

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I guessed the Taylorcraft and the C-2 replica has me intrigued!

I flew Cessna 172s for a while but ran out of money so now I fly OH-58Ds in the Army.
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Old 12-16-2011, 14:37   #461
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I have a new mini14 581 series and damn thing shoots better than my old m16 from the Army days! 4 INCH GROUP at 100 yards 4 shots! OPEN sights is the way to go with this rifle it is that good !
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Old 12-29-2011, 22:52   #462
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Noob - So new that the rifle hasn't arrived yet...

I think I am going to like this forum. Thanks in advance!

As titled, I am a new Mini-30 owner, so new that I haven't even seen or touched the rifle yet.

I bought a new Model 5853, which is to say the 18.5" stainless in synth stock with 20-rnd mag.

I will search around for already-answered questions on the forum, but I can say
1) I might be interested in replacing the black synthetic stock with a classic-looking hardwood stock.

2) I hope the thicker barrel shown on the photo on Ruger's web page Ruger® Mini Thirty® Rifle Autoloading Rifle Models for the Model 5806 (same as 5853? with 5-rnd mag?) is also on the Model 5853 that I receive.
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Old 01-12-2012, 17:06   #463
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Greetings from Nor-Cal:
Another noob here.
Just placed my order for my first Mini 30. Decided to cancel my order for a M&P 15 and go with the 30.
Currently have (or have had) Winchester 30-30, Wentworth .243, Kel-Tec SU-16CA .223, Savage BRJ MK-II .22 (tack driver supreme!), various shotguns and a gaggle of handguns, from .22s to .40s. Never owned a .45 but I plan to get myself a commemorative model of some sort when I retire from L.E. in a couple years.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:19   #464
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Hello, new to this forum and the mini-14. I think I'm going to like both.
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Old 01-31-2012, 19:27   #465
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I bought a ss mini 14 ranch recently, and I am enjoying it. It is shooting 1" at 50yds scoped, with a rest and cheap ammo. After I find the cheap ammo that it likes best, I plan to shoot with the iron sights. The ghost sight is a pleasant surprise for me, much better for me than an open sight.
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Old 02-01-2012, 21:32   #466
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New boy from KY...

I bought a used 180 series back in the late 70's and have enjoyed it ever since.

Found this forum and I've enjoyed reading on the latest improvements to the mini. Might have to look at those 581's.
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Old 02-02-2012, 14:48   #467
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Hi everyone. I've been lurking here ever since purchasing my new Mini-14 All-Weather Ranch Rifle early last year.

I am proud of the way it shoots and feels in my grasp. By now I've added a home-made strut to the barrel and just today pulled the gas port bushing, measured it and emailed Gundoc with an inquiry for purchasing a 3-size set. I'm trying to tone down the force of the action a bit.

Just wanted to say this is a great site and I've enjoyed reading and learning from the cummulative knowledge shared here.

Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2012, 15:55   #468
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1st post

I have'nt owned a Mini-14 since the late 80's, but now I've got a brand new fixed stock Tactical and 4 extra factory 20 round magazines. One of the best things I've noticed while lurking on this forum is the lack of "shoulder chips" in regards to AR-15s.

This is my only centerfire rifle, so I've got a little money to spend on tricking it out the way I want. My long term goal is to wind up with a "Mini SOCOM", so any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-11-2012, 10:05   #469
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Hello to all.
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Old 02-12-2012, 18:20   #470
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Hello folks of the mini world.

I am new to the mini. Enjoy looking around at all you folks have done with them and inspired me to spend a few bucks on it. Thanks for having me and taking the time to share what you are doing with your mini's

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Old 02-17-2012, 19:22   #471
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Just got my Mini-14. Sweet. Now to get the right scope, sling, magazines, etc.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:46   #472
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Hello everyone, new here. Have been researching the mini 14 extensively here, and finally made my purchase, thanks to the wealth of knowledge available here.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:43   #473
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Hello, all. Just signed on after lurking for several weeks. I was going to buy an AR, but have had a Mini14 and Mini30 for about 20 years and decided to "build" them both. Will post pics and details soon.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:59   #474
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Hi. New guy. Interested in a Mini-30. Need to do some research here first, learn a little bit more.
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