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Old 11-16-2012, 03:36 AM   #1
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Default Quick ? - Which generation of Mini-14 to avoid?

I used to know this but forgot, was it the very 1st Series - Series 80? 81? - that has like no parts/aftermartket support anymore and that smart money is to look for the next series or newer Mini-14?

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Great question, I was going to ask something similar. IIRC they started at 180 and went through 189 then changed numbers so now we've got 580, ect. but I'm not totally schooled on Mini's so any help would be much appreciated.

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Nevermind - think I found it - the 180 series is the one to avoid.

Look here:

http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/ruger-mini-14-mini-30/86690-mini-14-series.html

Reason I asked is that I have an untouched early SAIGA that I may post a FTF WTT for a Mini-14 181 non-rancher.

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Nevermind - think I found it - the 180 series is the one to avoid.

Look here:

http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/ruger-mini-14-mini-30/86690-mini-14-series.html

Reason I asked is that I have an untouched early SAIGA that I may post a FTF WTT for a Mini-14 181 non-rancher.
How much you want for your saiga
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Compare the price with a ranch model if you want to scope the rifle, easier to get rings than a side mount. If you are using for short range shooting your fine. I would not pay more than $400 for a non ranch or standard mini. You can get a ranch model for $450-500.

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Excellent link. So, it looks like if a person had the funds the newer 580-581 with the heavier barrel would be the way to go. I might shop around for one when the money becomes available. Thanks again for the link.

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Compare the price with a ranch model if you want to scope the rifle, easier to get rings than a side mount. If you are using for short range shooting your fine. I would not pay more than $40 for a non ranch or standard mini. You can get a ranch model for $450-500.
Thanks for the advice! Confirms that my FTF WTT in SW-PA isn't out of the line of reality then. Have had it posted in a WTT for an U/F WASR for over a month but zero takers. Maybe I had to high an opinion of a low-miles original RAAC-imported gun??

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Excellent link. So, it looks like if a person had the funds the newer 580-581 with the heavier barrel would be the way to go. I might shop around for one when the money becomes available. Thanks again for the link.
I handled one with the new barrel profile and "poly" stock, nice but couldn't warm up to it. Price wasn't bad, but couldn't bring myself to spend on it at the time.
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I handled one with the new barrel profile and "poly" stock, nice but couldn't warm up to it. Price wasn't bad, but couldn't bring myself to spend on it at the time.
I've been looking at them on the Ruger web site myself. I still like the 18" barrel models over the newer 16" barrel ones. Just don't think 16" gives the .223/5.56 enough running room to reach velocity. The Poly stocks, while practical just don't Look as nice as a wooden one. Might get a Poly stock model anyway then find a good Laminate replacement at a later date.
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I would never part with my 188 series Ranch. 1 moa out of a light carbine is hard to beat.

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