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Old May 2nd, 2016, 07:05 AM   #121
 
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At the end of each Ruger owners manual there is a parts list. If the parts have an asterisk * next to them that part is a factory install only. The neighborhood gunsmith is out of the picture. This is a long standing bone of contention for some ruger owners.

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I would buy my Mini 14 Ranch again. Bought a new one last year. Never shot it much till recently. Finally put an old 3X9 leopold scope on it and took it to a tactical bay at an outdoor range to sight it in. Max range available was 50 yards. Resting the fore end on a pistol rest, I got some 4 shot groups of 3/4". Can't wait to try it at 100 yards with a proper rest. It likes 55 and 60 grain bullets. Tried heating the barrel with 30 rounds at some clays then some target groups again. The groups opened some, to 1 1/4" with the most accurate load and the POI didn't change. I'm pleasantly surprised with this rifle, sort of rediscovering it now.
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Absolutely, I have a SS Ranch, syn stock it has NEVER miss fired. It shoots very well. Only complaint is how far it throws brass. I think you can reduce gas pressure. Everyone needs a Mini Like to have a Mini 30
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I have to say I've found this thread very interesting. I have been wanting an AK type platform for awhile and have done some decent research. Unfortunately I live in NY and with the idiotic "Safe Act" I can't really own an AK that has the features that I want/need. I have been looking at the Mini's for awhile and I finally pulled the trigger yesterday.


I ended up with a used Mini 30 from approx. 2000 according to the serial number look up. I have often looked at the AR and AK platform mini and decided to go with the 30 for the better ballistics. (IMHO). I am hoping to get it out today for some testing with some Wolf ammo with the Berdan primers. I hope it works out.


I am not opposed to putting a few more dollars into this gun because it just looks cool and I like the Old School looks. Hopefully I won't need the strut and the undersized gas ring but if I do I will do it.


I want to thank CoSteve especially for the sound advise in a point by point format. Clear and precise. That gives me great hope for this rifle.

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I confess. I sold my Mini. It just didn't do it for me. Basically I just needed to justify spending some money to build an AR. But I'm a bolt action rifle shooter at heart. Enjoy your Minis guys. They really are fine rifles.
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RussP, first thanks.

Second, if you have issues with Wolf ammo, consider fitting a new Iron Sight precision firing pin that's a bit longer. It will need to be fitted so I'd search for Sandog's description on how to do it on Perfect Union. The issue is that the commie weapons that fire the 7.62x39 have a firing pin protrusion that's longer than American weapons so the Mini's pin needs extending by about .010"-.015" (I believe) to ensure reliable striking of the hard Berdan primers in the commie ammo. Boxer primed ammo works just fine in it stock.
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In a word, no. Not accurate, too many issues with expensive parts, jamming, etc.
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In a word, no. Not accurate, too many issues with expensive parts, jamming, etc.
Don't even think about getting an M1A then.
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In a word, no. Not accurate, too many issues with expensive parts, jamming, etc.
are you taking about a mini 14?

i haven't had any of those issues with 2 minis? not inaccurate, no expensive parts, no jamming, etc....AT ALL! no issues AT ALL!

just my experience owning 2 of them.......take it for what it is....
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are you taking about a mini 14?

i haven't had any of those issues with 2 minis? not inaccurate, no expensive parts, no jamming, etc....AT ALL! no issues AT ALL!

just my experience owning 2 of them.......take it for what it is....
Ditto, except I only have one Mini-14. Have had it for 36 years.
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are you taking about a mini 14?

i haven't had any of those issues with 2 minis? not inaccurate, no expensive parts, no jamming, etc....AT ALL! no issues AT ALL!

just my experience owning 2 of them.......take it for what it is....
Same here.. Except for my 582 , which Ruger made right with a brand new 583 tactical. Great C/S , my 583 shoots great no hick ups at all.
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RussP, first thanks.

Second, if you have issues with Wolf ammo, consider fitting a new Iron Sight precision firing pin that's a bit longer. It will need to be fitted so I'd search for Sandog's description on how to do it on Perfect Union. The issue is that the commie weapons that fire the 7.62x39 have a firing pin protrusion that's longer than American weapons so the Mini's pin needs extending by about .010"-.015" (I believe) to ensure reliable striking of the hard Berdan primers in the commie ammo. Boxer primed ammo works just fine in it stock.
Finally. Someone is producing a firing pin other than Glend Arms and Ruger. This is good news.

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Now the big question is: Does the Iron Sight precision firing pin work with all Mini-14s? I have an older 181-series...
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PM Sandog, he just might know.
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In a word, no. Not accurate, too many issues with expensive parts, jamming, etc.
I'm having deja vo. I've seen this same exact comment in other forums but they never explain what the issues with expensive parts are or what etc. is. It's very vague and does not warrant any facts
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