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Old December 11th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #1
 
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Mini 14 Ranch Rifle serial number question

I have read a little about the older Mini 14s not being very accurate...
Can someone tell me by the serial number when this one was built and if it has the upgrades to be a good shooter.. The gun is for sale and like brand new, just want to see if its worth it or not.. Price $450.

Serial Number: 195-417xx

Any info is appreciated.. I have not had one of these rifles before and am hoping for some good information from you guys.
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Good price. Your mini was made in 1997
Go to Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. you can download manuals and obtain info you need.
Lots of stuff out there to make it a good shooter. Shoot it first then see were you want to go with it.
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The same website has the information on Ruger S/N's for each model Ruger makes and has made
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Thanks guys for the info..

Do you have anything else you want to add, like do you think its worth getting an older version like that for that amount of money?
Is it going to be more trouble than its worth trying to make it shoot accurately?
I am not going to shoot competition just some target shooting..

My opinion is maybe its not worth it but for that amount of money $450.00 it may still be a fun gun to shoot.. stil trying to decide on it please help me..

Appreciate your opinions...
Thanks again..

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I have read a little about the older Mini 14s not being very accurate...
Can someone tell me by the serial number when this one was built and if it has the upgrades to be a good shooter.. The gun is for sale and like brand new, just want to see if its worth it or not.. Price $450.

Serial Number: 195-417xx

Any info is appreciated.. I have not had one of these rifles before and am hoping for some good information from you guys.
Thanks
good buy do not be afriad. should be worth 550-600
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Rocker I would save up a little more cash and by the rifle NEW!!! Yep, we went through that Ruger Mini-14 issue with accuracy a few years ago. I took both our stainless mini-14's to the gunsmith and he stated it would cost at least $900 additional dollars each rifle, inorder for them to shoot 1 inch groups. We got rid of both those rifles, they shot 4 inches at 100 yards from the bench with a 3 x 9 Leupold scope on top. NO DICE!!! Color them gone OK. I also tried reloading for both those rifles but NO CIGAR!!! I think they both had a barrel issue myself.

Now I did recently purchase a new RUGER MINI-14 per the advice of a friend of mine in the military and from reading the reports of those "new Ruger mini-14's the army was testing. Soldier Of Fortune magazine ran a test on these Ruger Mini's and they shot well under 3 inch groups at 100 yards. I do believe the article said something like 2.45 inch groups with military ammo.

I took our new Ruger mini-14 to the gunclub and shot factory ammo through the rifle. I got anywhere from 2.25 inch groups to 3.35 inch groups depending on the ammo shot. I do believe one could handload for this rifle and make it a 1.5 inch shooter from the bench. In any event, those new Rugers are a much more accurate rifle than any of those older ones. The Army Special Forces is supposed to be going to use them for service work in the 6.8 caliber.

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