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Old 01-28-2014, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default Needed: Mini-14 stock for a series 180 rifle

I have acquired a Series 180 Mini-14 (original production design), but it was in an after-market pistol-grip stock. I want to put it back into a traditional-style stock, but everything out there seems to be for the post-180 series.

If you have an old Series 180 Mini-14 stock that you don't need, please let me know. Would actually prefer something with some wear to it, as long as it is structurally sound (no cracks) since I would prefer not to pay a premium for something in "New Old Stock" condition.

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Old 02-11-2014, 01:57 AM   #2
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I would suggest the following.
Search early and often.

http://gunbroker.com
http://ebay.com

I found hits on wooden stock only

You may have to know how to tell an 180....

I'll take a look at mine and see if there is a way to tell.

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I put a Hogue on mine but I'm pretty sure it's post 180 series. (wonder where that wooden stock went.)

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From what I am finding on what little research I have done. . . click . click .click. click.......click.

It apears that the 180 series is the only series with the wooden upper hand-guard.

The upper handguard is retained by a C-shaped (serif) spring clip.

I would think that at least three parts would be required to complete your stock.
1. Stock with buttplate
2. Upper handguard.
3. Spring Clip....

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What KG7IL said plus all of the metal for the interior of the stock and is often missing when buying used. I recently gave away two of the wood hand guards!

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I would suggest the following.
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Yep. Have saved searches that check every day.

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You may have to know how to tell an 180....

I'll take a look at mine and see if there is a way to tell.
I wish I did. Google has not been my friend in finding out how to visually differentiate between the revisions.
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I have acquired a Series 180 Mini-14 (original production design), but it was in an after-market pistol-grip stock. I want to put it back into a traditional-style stock, but everything out there seems to be for the post-180 series.

If you have an old Series 180 Mini-14 stock that you don't need, please let me know. Would actually prefer something with some wear to it, as long as it is structurally sound (no cracks) since I would prefer not to pay a premium for something in "New Old Stock" condition.

Thanks.
ruger doesn't support the 180, so there really isn't much out there. i doubt anyone makes new stocks to fit the 180 model.

you are in the used market obviously, and you will have to be patient.

what really sucks, 3-4 years ago NUMRICH had tons of 180 and other mini wood stocks at amazing prices. i actually bought a walnut stock from them for like $60, and then realized it was for a 180 series and sent it back (and it was gorgeous). they had NICE regular factory stocks for $38...i bought 2.....even then they were very tough to find at a good price.

the problem, i let the word out on a forum, and they got wiped out. they don't have any today. doubt they'll get more, it must have been a large purchase from law enforcement or something.

iknow it doesn't help much...but there will be something out there. it might take awhile to find it.

in addition to standard looking on the webs, i would hit every gun forum with a classified and post a "want to buy" thread.
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I would suggest the following.
Search early and often.

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http://ebay.com

I found hits on wooden stock only

You may have to know how to tell an 180....

I'll take a look at mine and see if there is a way to tell.
Isn't it in the serial number? A 18X prefix? If I remember correctly there is also something different about the bolt release on them.
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Isn't it in the serial number? A 18X prefix? If I remember correctly there is also something different about the bolt release on them.
I did not see a serial number on my stock. I have seen this on SKS and some other firearms. The only serial number I have seen is the receivers S/N.

I'll take a look again, but I don't think the stock is serialized.
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I did not see a serial number on my stock. I have seen this on SKS and some other firearms. The only serial number I have seen is the receivers S/N.

I'll take a look again, but I don't think the stock is serialized.
It won't be on the stock. I was thinking you had the rifle the stock came off of. Sorry about that.
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