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Picked up a series 180 Mini-14, the 1976 model

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Old March 24th, 2011, 10:46 AM   #1
 
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Picked up a series 180 Mini-14, the 1976 model

I know Ruger no longer supports this series, but I like the classic look. I'm looking forward to taking it out and running some rounds through it. No pics yet.



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I know Ruger no longer supports this series, but I like the classic look. I'm looking forward to taking it out and running some rounds through it. No pics yet.
Congrats! That's what I have, and since like 1980. It's been a "very" reliable rifle.
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What is the difference between the 180 series and the 580 series besides sights and barrel? Is there much of a difference in the appearence?
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What is the difference between the 180 series and the 580 series besides sights and barrel? Is there much of a difference in the appearence?
I'm a Mini-14 newbie myself, but one difference is the forestock on the 180s has wood on the upper portion (sort of like a Garand) rather than a preforated heat shield. IIRC, there were also some changes to the loading mechanism to ensure that people wouldn't convert them to selective fire (as in fully automatic). Someone please correct if I'm wrong.
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