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This is a discussion on Thinking of buying a 583 series Mini 30 and selling my 183 series within the Ruger Semi-Auto forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; I could barely tell that's a Mini without carefully looking at the gas block in your photo RJF. That looks really neat with that stock. ...


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Old November 12th, 2015, 07:52 AM   #31
 
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I could barely tell that's a Mini without carefully looking at the gas block in your photo RJF. That looks really neat with that stock. Yeah I'd don't think I'll have luck on that bayonet lug unless I go custom. My idea was a custom bracket that mounts onto the barrel and barrel strut but I don't have a milling machine! I'd pretty much need one or know someone who has one to do it.



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Old November 13th, 2015, 03:54 AM   #32
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Yea, well it's starting to look more like a SAW than a carbine. Or something out of Star Wars. It wasn't my intent. It's an ATI stock and is about a pound heavier than my wooden Choate folder. Add on the strut and the bipod and its about two pounds heavier. I hemmed and hawed over getting it for about six months. I really wanted an adjustable LOP and I also wanted an easy provision for a bipod and a hand guard P-rail. It gave me all of that for about $100 and it really isn't a bad stock for what it is. But it's not something I would want to carry around the woods and fields all day. For "patrol duty" on the farm, I just slap on the Choate folder, or carry my USGI M1 Carbine. At least I can still fix a bayonet on that!

As much as a PITA it is to form the strut around the lug (I don't have a milling machine or access to one either), there are some bennies: I can use the lug as a means of keeping the strut from sliding forward during recoil, so I don't have to dimple my gas block and use securing screws. At least in theory... I will also see if I can forego using red loctite on the barrel.

I want everything to be completely reversible to original, since I've had this gun since 1980 and it was my first firearm.

Would still like to affix a bayonet lug to the front of the strut - perhaps I'll do that with version 3 - if I ever get around to it... I have been looking for "T" metal that I could weld (or have welded) to the front of the strut but it isn't readily available here. Then, just yesterday, I went under the house and found two old garage door openers I put down there years ago and discovered the rail for those is exactly what I've been looking for.

Ideally, I'd have the end of the strut machined to have a lug, but we're starting to talk bucks then and I'm not ready for that. Kind of a personal challenge.

If my desire to fix a bayonet on my GB exceeds my accuracy desires, I can now remove the strut by unscrewing the clamps and off it comes.

Of course, I haven't yet fired it with the strut on so I may be all wrong about how secure it is...Or how it holds up! But it keeps me off the streets...

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RJF, I heard about durability issues with the ATI stock but if that is just an overblown internet tale it wouldn't surprise me. Is Choate folder like the AC556 stock? If so I may be interested. In another post I noted I was interested in getting the original AC556 stock for my Mini 30... someday. I mean come on, I what people to shout "ATEAM" at the range lol! No seriously that's cool and before I forget I never dimpled my gas block for my barrel strut. I put a few hundred rounds with it on and haven't had issues. Just loctite the bolts and it should be fine.

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Newr Mini 30

I have a 583 mini 14 and it DEVOURS Tula in PRO MAG and RUGER mags but all 14's do well with it!!!
My BFF (brothers for 42 years) has a 2015 MINI 30 that chews thru Tula and we have had no "Light Strikes" after 300 or so rounds of Steel Case Tula only but we only used 20 round RUGER factory mags with it!!!
I have heard thru some YT Video Gun Guru's that the new 580 lines have more success with TULA from the RUGER Factory and others have told of spring upgrades etc!
I hold to your philosophy, "Why a 7.62 X 39 that only eats Brass?". I can honestly say that I would buy my BFF's Mini 30 with full confidence that with Ruger mags, I would have no worries on a stock 580 plus MINI 30but if any ARE encountered, they can be easily remedied!!!
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those are some sharp looking rifles.thanks for the photos.
It made me smile!
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