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Old February 26th, 2012, 01:48 PM   #1
 
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Mini 14 serial number

My ranch rifle shown a 187 prefix serial number. Is this considered a post 180?

Getting ready to order some accessories, stock, etc.



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Old February 26th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #2
 
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Well 187 mini's were produced from 1982-1989 while 180 series were produced from 1974-1977 so you have a mini that is post 180 series. I don't believe the 180 series were considered Ranch Rifles.
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Thanks mincoda. Didn' want to order something that didn't fit. I have an earl, tang safety, M77 that's hell to find parts for, Was hoping that I was not going to have the same problem with the Mini
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I asked the same question of the Ruger Customer Service folks. They answered that the prefix "180" means just that..."1-8-0" So the 181 and later Prefixes are considered to be "Post- 180" rifles. (I have a 189 series Mini-30)
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barenesc, here's a link that may define your Ruger.

Click into the Rifle section and then click on the line "Mini-14 Ranch (manufactured from 1982 to 2004)" and you can see the approx year your Mini-14 was manufactured via the serial number ranges. Note the prefix (187 in your case) and remainder of serial number can be used.

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I'm a newbie here, but hope this helps you

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Old February 28th, 2012, 12:12 PM   #6
 
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These threads are several years old but have good Mini 14 info and detail major differences between series. I had to research this info in order to find correct mods.





Difference between Ruger Mini-14 "series" variations? - Calguns.net
See post #12

Tell me about the difference between Mini14 series - Shooting Sports Forum
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The physical difference you will see in the 180, is the length of the receiver. It was maybe 3/4" longer to accomodate the select fire mechanism in the AC556 variant.

No ranch rifles were made with a 180 serial number.
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