I think that when Obama got into office, there was a panic to buy guns.
Ruger started cranking them out like crazy, boxed um up, good or bad and shipped them.
My Tactical had 5 things wrong with it. It wouldn't extract, which means they had to pry the cartridges out of it that they test fired and the scope mounts were cut so badly, Ruger rings would tear up your scope.
They didn't seem to care, just boxed it up.
When I sent it back because of the ring mount problem, they just kept it for 6weeks and returned it saying the ring mounts were in spec. They are so bad, it will damage a scope and a rail just sits cocked at an angle.
At that point I designed a new rail that screwed onto the top of the receiver and took it to a gunsmith friend who is frinds with Ken Farrel. Farrel makes the best rails you can buy.
Ken started making rails for the Mini that line the scope up perfect, are as strong as they come.
They do not depend on the scallops, which in my opinion were a bad way to mount rings even when cut right.
I now have the Farrel rail and now have zero chance of any scope damage.
The rail is a beautiful piece of machine work.
Farrel sells them now.
Anyway, I talked with several big wigs at Ruger and was just brushed off.
Sad to say, but in my opinion, rugers QC has gone right down the crapper.
After my experience, I will never buy another Ruger product.
Couple their lousy QC and their policys, I'm not interested in their guns at all.
All just my opinion, but as a retired gunsmith, I do know what's going on.
On another site, it's just one post after another of Mini's with problems that should have never left the factory, so it's not just me.
Some do get good rifles out of the box, but far too many have problems and the finsish work is nowhere near what it used to be. I mean how hard is it to line up a mold for making a receiver. I've seen one a quarter inch off, side to side that was shipped.
All I can say is buyer beware. I have got my Tactical shooting excellent now, but it sure took some work. If I ever had to send it back to Ruger, they would remove all my improvements, so they will never touch my rifle again.
I hear some say that Ruger is so great, they fixed their rifle at no charge, the point is the rifle never should have been shipped defective in the first place. Too many are.
One other thing, if you ever have your Mini re barreled like at Accuracy systems and you send it back to Ruger for repair, Ruger won't touch it. If it's a restricted part such as the FP's which break far more than they should, you are out of luck, you now have a $1500. tomato stake. You can put an aftermarket FP in, but they seldom last more than 1000 rounds.