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Old November 15th, 2019, 07:58 AM   #16
 
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Probably smart advice Maddmax but being smart is something I am rarely accused of being. As long as it is just labour from me, it is just time...and since I enjoy working on my guns I have nothing to lose.



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Probably smart advice Maddmax but being smart is something I am rarely accused of being. As long as it is just labour from me, it is just time...and since I enjoy working on my guns I have nothing to lose.
I understand what you're saying and can't argue. I have a few items I've stuck way more time and money into than they'd ever be worth to anyone but me. It's the challenge and satisfaction of just being able to do it. Can't put a price on sentimental.

Good luck and stay safe.
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Ruger has a lifetime warranty and you don't have to be the purchaser. Why do you say Ruger will not fix it?
Ruger offers no written warranty on their firearms.
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It doesn't matter if the warranty is written or not, Ruger will gladly take care of any of their firearms. Their concern is to keep their firearms in good, working and safe condition.
But the problem here is that is a 180 series, which Ruger has said they will no longer service or support.
I know, they made them, they should still support it. They will service and support everything else they made, right ?

OP, unless you want to just let it be a wallhanger, you're gonna have to pay a smith to rebarrel it. I don't know if I'd want to put money in to it though, what if something else goes wrong ? it might just be money down the drain.
Maybe try to advertise it as a "rare piece of American firearms history, an early model Mini-14", and let some collector take it off your hands.
Then you can use that money to buy a Mini that is a shooter.
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It doesn't matter if the warranty is written or not, Ruger will gladly take care of any of their firearms. Their concern is to keep their firearms in good, working and safe condition.
But the problem here is that is a 180 series, which Ruger has said they will no longer service or support.
I know, they made them, they should still support it. They will service and support everything else they made, right ?
I remember reading somewhere or getting a notice from Ruger. That "No Firearms Considered By Them To Be UNSAFE (including no longer serviceable or they support) Will Leave There Facility Or Be Returned To The Owner". Due to Liability Issues.
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It is a 180 series, there is no chance they are going to fix it for me. I will have to fix it myself. I was hoping maybe someone had seen it before and knew the fix. I will pull the barrel if I have to, to straighten or whatever. As soon as I find the problem and cure I will post it.
The only gun I've had that shot that poorly was a Survival Arms AR-7. The barrel was bent in 2 directions. It had a long, sweeping bend to the right and a sharp, upward bend at the back of the front sight.

This barrel is aluminum with a steel, rifled liner. I located an all steel replacement barrel, but figured I had "nothing to lose" by trying to straighten it myself first. I read that gun makers routinely straighten barrels by looking down the bore and applying hydrolic presses. I don't have such a press, but figured aluminum should be soft enough to not require one. I used wood blocks and a hammer. It took about 2 hours of gentle persuading and reinspecting the bore, but I managed to get it straight as a new arrow. Probably more accurate now than when it left the factory.

My advice is to lock your bolt back and insert a piece of (matte) white cardboard in front of the bolt, perpendicular to the bore. Shine a bright light on the cardboard close to the ejection port, and look down the muzzle. Your eye will pick up a bend if there is one.

I don't know how you would best straighten it if it is bent. Replacing it might be the better solution. Here's a barrel:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/844904558

I would definitely want a $$ back guarantee if the barrel isn't straight and with clean rifling.

Good luck and let us know what you find.
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