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Old February 14th, 2020, 03:57 PM   #1
 
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Picking this up tomorrow. 2014 582 prefix serial. Comes with a Sun Optic 3-9x32ir scope(might put a red dot on it) green hogue stock as well as the original black stock. Also, two five round and three ten round mags. I live behind enemy lines in Connecticut so standard capacity mags and scary features in a rifle are a felony.
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Old February 14th, 2020, 03:59 PM   #2
 
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One owner who says he never fired it and kept it in his safe. Looks like it is in really nice shape.
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Looks good to me! I have the same stock on my Mini-30 and really like it. Have fun with your new rifle!
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Congrats on a great find.
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Enemy Lines huh ? lol funny
Nice looking rifle though.
Enjoy it.
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Congrats on your acquisition, and welcome to the forum !
Minis and red dots go together like pizza and beer.
Scopes, any scope, adds too much weight and messes with the Minis great handling and balance.
I only use a scope for load testing, as my eyes aren't what they used to be.

I can shoot as well at 100 yards with a dot as I can with a scope, and the dot is good enough to hit C-O-M at 300 yards and beyond.
Add the dot is much faster to get on target, and much better in low light.

Avoid cheap dots, some don't hold zero and go through a lot of batteries.
Expect to spend at least $200 for a good RDS like the Vortex Venom or Burris FastFire III.
There are some exceptions, a Primary Arms micro dot is right at $100, and they hold up great, another sub $100 dot that many run is the Bushnell TRS-25. Some have had issues with their TRS-25 but Bushnell will send you a new one.

I prefer the small T.V. screen micro dots like the FastFire. All 3 of my Mini-30's have them:

Some of the tube style dots mare almost as big and heavy as a scope. This Aimpoint Pro was nice, but was massive compared to a FastFire or Venom, and sat up way too high, even on the Ultimak rail:


I had a Hogue stock for a while. I like the green color, but it was heavier, thicker and too "grabby" compared to the Ruger synthetic factory stock. It tends to grab your shirt when you are shouldering the carbine.
Here is the Hogue I had, with metal done in FDE Cerakote:

I like the Ruger stock much better, light, slim, stiff and grabby only where you need it, where the checkering is.
I just prefer a color other than black, so I Cerakote my Ruger stocks in FDE or Sage green.

I find a synthetic stocked Mini with red dot to be a perfect rig for SD, SHTF or just plain fun. Although I have had at one time, or could have just about anything, I prefer my Mini-30s over everything else I've tried.


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Thanks all. Going to pick it up in an hour. Iíll see which stock I like and decide if I leave the scope on or go red dot.


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Mamiela, welcome to the forum from Central VA!

Some 582-series had problems with the bolts. Hopefully, yours isn't one of them. If it is, Ruger will make it well, at no cost to you other than time. If yours isn't one, CONGRATS!!!!
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Change to black stock. Like the look better than the green.


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Mamiela, welcome to the forum from Central VA!

Some 582-series had problems with the bolts. Hopefully, yours isn't one of them. If it is, Ruger will make it well, at no cost to you other than time. If yours isn't one, CONGRATS!!!!


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Got the mini dialed in. Hit 12Ē plate at 200 yards consistently. Coyotes donít stand a chance wit the is rifle.


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Can anyone recommend a bi pod for it?


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Harris and Caldwell bipods are generally good to go. Magpul has a bipod thats solid. You will likely need to add a rail or sling stud to be able to attach the bipod (generally on the stock).

Sounds like you're making solis shots at distance with your new rifle!
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Big high mounted scopes and bipods are things we all have probably done to our Mini's at first, you'll come around eventually and appreciate the Mini for what it is, instead of trying to make it into something it's not.
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Big high mounted scopes and bipods are things we all have probably done to our Mini's at first, you'll come around eventually and appreciate the Mini for what it is, instead of trying to make it into something it's not.
What Sandog said! The Mini's prime advantage is that it's a light, compact carbine. Improved iron sights from TechSights or a small red dot mounted on a Ultimak rail forward of receiver is the best choice to keep your Mini what it's best at, being a carbine.

For instance, I use TechSight's Mini200 rear sight with a target aperture and a thinned front sight blade to shoot at bowling pins at 200yds with. With practice, you can do it too and it's a ton of fun and keeps the carbine true to it's roots.
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