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Old 09-15-2003, 17:35   #1
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Welcome to the Mini-14/30 Forum New Members. Weather you've been a "Lurker" for a while or Just found us, this Sticky will help you get a jump start on using this forum.

There are 5 sections in the Mini-14/30 Forum:
Gallery - Pics of some awsome Mini's. Post your own Pics. Read Sticky Pic. Posting 101.
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Accurizing - Topics related to accuracy.
Shooting Contest - Monthly contest in 2 classes. Enter, it will make you a better shooter.
Mini-14/30 Talk - Other Mini Related topics not related to the other 4.

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The group here are from all over the free world. All are helpful. We all have the Ruger Mini-14 or Mini-30 in common. We share our knowledge, and opinions freely, but in a polite mannor. Slamming, personal attacks, and foul language will not be tolerated. We do have some Ladies, and young uns aboard.

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Old 01-29-2007, 09:19   #2
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I think I'm going to like it here !
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:40   #3
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glad to be here

finally got my dream rifle ive been wanting forever-reminds me so much of the m-16 years ago in basic-but she's wood and thats good!
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:44   #4
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what kind of wood is it? Wood Stock

the manual or site states it is American hardwood,but what is it exactly or some Minis of this and come of that? thanx!
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Old 02-01-2007, 20:30   #5
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Originally Posted by stormryder View Post
the manual states it is American hardwood,but what is it exactly?
The typical Mini wood stock is birch.
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Old 02-06-2007, 15:08   #6
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glad I found this forum, think I'm gonna like it. I have mini-30 also.
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Old 02-23-2007, 22:33   #7
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precisionmag aftermarket 30 rounders

hi guys,just picked up a 30 round mag today and gotta say is it me or does Hercules himself load these things?... spring has like 300 lbs of torque and suggestions or input would be greatly appreciated(reliability -general jamming etc..) also maybe years spanning these guys circa pre-ban? hey thanx, Rich
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Old 03-31-2007, 23:28   #8
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Thanks! This looks like a great forum and I am glad to have found it!
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Old 04-02-2007, 20:26   #9
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Welcome Aboard Marine!!!

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Thanks! This looks like a great forum and I am glad to have found it!
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Old 05-20-2007, 19:05   #10
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Been a Mini-14 user for years. I've had 4 of em since '82. Current one is a 186 Stainless that I have had since '98 or '99. Glad I found this place.

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Old 05-22-2007, 13:02   #11
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hi all
i own a mini ranch rifle all weather and i love the little carbine
i shoot the dutch ipsc (npsa) and other practical games with the mini
have a look here and see the pics (hope i dont violate rules now)
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Old 06-09-2007, 14:10   #12
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I've been lurking for a while now and enjoying the info. My Mini is a 180 series that I bought in 1976 (just before the Bicentennial Model came out). It's probably had less than 500 rounds through it because it's never been accurate enough to suit my tastes. Looks like I'm about to bed my first stock!
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Old 06-25-2007, 13:01   #13
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Thumbs up wonderfull

have been soaking up info here for a while.You folks are just the best!Am a mini14 man and have gotten so much great stuff from ya.Seems like I just got happy knowing that you are all out there.Am looking forward to try and contribute.Thanks to all.
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Old 07-14-2007, 19:13   #14
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Seeing all the mini mods, I think my Mini is going to be my next project. Why is it that the older we get, the more expensive our toys become?
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Old 07-21-2007, 17:59   #15
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Just swinging by to say Hi! After years of looking I finally landed my first Mini - a 195-series stainless. She goes to the range tomorrow for an initial test.

I've been lurking for the past few weeks, soaking up all the good info, but now that I've actually purchased a Mini I figured it was time to sign up and ask some specific questions.

Good to be here!
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Old 08-04-2007, 09:39   #16
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Thanks for the welcome Cajungeo! This is a great site and have learned much already. Looking to make the mini14 all it can be. It has issues for sure. We all need to be some what of a gunsmith.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:39   #17
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Thank you for the Welcome

Thanks for the friendly welcome. I hope to learn as well as share with the members.

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Old 09-15-2007, 18:05   #18
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been lurking in the background for a while before deciding to post, am really impressed with most posts and discussions. I apprecciate these forums, and the information that you all provide...very valuable to me, thank you all
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Old 09-28-2007, 16:34   #19
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Introducing myself, retired LEO from So,Cal. presently on a security team for Alabama State Senate. I have enjoyed reading all of the posts on this forum and am glad a friend and fellow Mini 14 enthusiest recommended this place. When working alone in Riverside County as a deputy Marshal I use to carry a Winchester 30cal. rifle. This was prior to rifles in patrol cars. I saw the need then as well as now. When the Mini 14's became available I replaced the old lever action. I still enjoy shooting the Mini. And I have a Mini 30,but as you know the rounds for it are not readily available. Ya'll be safe.
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:07   #20
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hey ,good folks...
it's good to finally be a member here ...lot's of good advice from all over the free world....i'm proud to be one of you!

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Old 10-20-2007, 18:06   #21
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Hey, Been a lurker here for a few weeks, just bought a Mini-14 Target today. Hope to learn alot from this site (and I'm sure I will!).
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Old 10-25-2007, 17:25   #22
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I have been looking for a good mini forum for a long time now. This is great.
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:04   #23
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Makes me miss mine

Hey y'all...reading this makes me miss my mini-14...sold it a few years back for a big gun. I remember it felt great in my hands and looked like a dream. I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it. Best I could get was right around 5 inches at 100 yds. Being a former infantry marine, I was good with it-it wasn't an M-40 right! My only problem was the anemic 5.56 round. If Ruger would just offer this rifle in the new 6.8 SPC or 6.5 Grendel? How does the mini-30 shoot? I've always liked the 7.63x39 round...especially at close range.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:48   #24
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Welcome to a great forum Sinrman. I really like my mini 30. I have found that it is more accurate than my mini 14. With the cheap scope I have on it I can get 2" and smaller groups at 100 yds. Of course the accuracy would depend on the ammo also. I also like the 7.62x39 round. My mini 30 seems to shoot the 123gr the best. Whereas I get better results with 55gr in the mini 14.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:56   #25
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Glad to be here.Been a mini-14 shooter for a long time.So much info here on the mini,great!
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