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Old April 3rd, 2016, 05:48 AM   #46
 
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any compelling reason/s to select blue or ss for a plinker



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Old April 3rd, 2016, 05:59 AM   #47
 
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any compelling reason/s to select blue or ss for a plinker
Yep, your preference. If you're going new, the blued Ranch Rifle has a birch stock per CINC's requirements. They dress up nicely too.


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snubby, you don't show you location, other than too far south. If you lived near the coast, or maybe the humid southeast, stainless would be a good choice.
A stainless Mini makes a great boat gun. You could always get a blued one Cerakoted later, but the inside of the barrel won't be coated, so you'd still have to run a oiled patch through occasionally.
Both blued and stainless will shoot the same. I haven't found the blued ones to be that prone to rust, but where I've lived, mostly Montana and Arizona, are pretty arid.
All Ruger magazines, whether Mini-14 or Mini-30, are blued, and they seem to develop little rust spots more easily. You could at least get your magazine stash together, ( I'd want at least 6 ) then have someone coat them, Cerakote, Duracoat, parkerize, hard chrome, whatever.
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love the look of blued metal and wood stock

love the look of blued metal and wood stock
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Redleg , I hear you about the direct impingement system and totally agree. It does allow for a lighter/simpler system but at the cost of the hot/dirty gases in the receiver.
Given some maintenance it works just fine but as you point out it has its drawbacks.

The gas piston AR platforms may be the best of both worlds within that type. You add a little complexity and weight but not a lot.
Yes. I have the Ruger SR556 and it works great. A little heavier than a standard AR, but it is a piston operating system. The bolt is so clean after shooting I couldn't believe it the first time I broke the gun down to clean it.

I like my Mini 14s but I can see the allure of the AR platform. Room for both.
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My mini-14 has been a solid performer since I've had it. But to do it over again, I would get something different. But not a different platform. I would simply purchase a mini-30 instead.
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I've got a 187 stainless Mini-14 that I got used about 6 months ago. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. After getting all the usual struts and bushings, etc, it's just a great rifle for carrying around the farm. Accurate out to 100 and dead reliable....I just keep kicking myself because I waited so long to get one in the first place!!!
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So it will be a stainless model with an aftermarket stock, one last request for input:

best place to purchase a high end stock
best place to get stuff coated with the preferred coating
list of necessary mods/changes
mini smiths

and any final thoughts before we buy

Appreciate all the info more than I can put into words
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Place a want ad in a few of the Ruger oriented Forums. Many wood stock owners purchase composite stocks and have the Ruger wood laying around. I'd much prefer a Factory stock over after market. Sometimes inletting is required on the after market. In addition to the stock you will need the reinforcement bracket, screws and washers and most likely the forearm insert. Add all that in and you are up another $50 or so. Numrich has all the mentioned parts but if you get a used Factory most likely all those parts will be included.

I purchased the Mini 30 Tactical about a month ago. I also preferred wood so posted a "want to buy" ad on the PU Forum. Member contacted me with a very good condition 189 series Mini 30 stock with all the needed hardware included. The action dropped right in.

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As far as needed upgrades I think the gas bushing is the most required. Lee Hadaway from the Arms Room sells a bushing kit with assorted sizes. 99% of Mini 14 owners find the .045 bushing tames ejection to a reasonable level. Lessening the ejection stroke will soften recoil and stop the gun from being battered by the op rod. The gas bushing and Wilson buffer will make for a happy rifle. OEM bushing is .100, so a big difference dropping down to the .045. Below is a picture of the OEM bushing and Hadaway .050. If you have any mechanical ability at all the gas bushing change is a snap. A few threads listed here cover it.



A professional trigger job would be next on the list for "required" upgrades. I had both of my 14 and 30 triggers done at Brimstone Gunsmith in WA state. $55 plus shipping. They are fantastic and really make the rifle enjoyable to shoot. Several other good smiths that also do the triggers including Hadaway.

http://www.brimstonegunsmithing.com/

Other upgrades are a personal choice and not really required include the Tech Sight, Ultimak front rail hand guard cover and other.

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I have 581 Mini Tactical w conventional polymer stock. I have Palmetto State Armory M4 style AR. I love em both and would buy again but it makes one wonder considering I got the PSA for $100 less than the Mini with two extra mags. But I just don't like anything better than the Garand design
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My mini-14 has been a solid performer since I've had it. But to do it over again, I would get something different. But not a different platform. I would simply purchase a mini-30 instead.
Nothing stopping you from getting a Mini-30 to go along with your Mini-14. Then they could keep each other company.
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I still have my original 181 series Mini 14 bought new in 1977 and no plans of getting rid of it have ever crossed my mind.

Took me a looooong time to cross over into the AR arena. Happy to say I have room for both.
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Nothing stopping you from getting a Mini-30 to go along with your Mini-14. Then they could keep each other company.
I have thought of that, but you know how the saying goes:

"Too many Rugers to buy, Not enough money!"
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I've had my mini 14 since the early 80's , it was made in the late 70's, I bought it used from a friend.
I'd never sell it.
I gave away my AR with the passage of the NY unsafe act, the mini is still legal.
As are my Garands and M1 Carbines that keep it company in the safe, it's one big happy woody family.
I've been toying with buying one of the new ones.
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I have a heavily modified Mini14 target and heck yes I'd do it again.

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