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bgeddes 01-18-2008 05:18 AM

Ruger Mini-30
How do these rifles shoot? The 7.62x39 is no show stopper round but does this weapon shoot more accurate than the typical SKS/AK?


Righteous 01-18-2008 10:18 AM

barrel way to light for these guns just like the mini 14's, there not bad but once they heat up ya cant shoot your way out of a paper sack with them

robocop10mm 01-18-2008 02:20 PM

IMHO Ruger centerfires are like Dodges of the 80's. Occasionally they made a good one. Mini-30's (and Mini-14's) tend to be a hit or miss proposition (no pun intended). Some seem to work very well, some are dawgs. My SKS will outshoot every Mini-30 I have ever seen. Until recently Ruger subcontracted barrel making to some unknown maker. My information is they paid $7 for a barrel. I would not expect much out of a $7 barrel. You can accidentally make a good barrel for $7. They are now making their own barrels and seem to have improved greatly.
I cannot see spending $400-$600 on a rifle that is unlikely to out shoot a $200 SKS.

Catfish 01-19-2008 12:37 AM

I here they are putting out a target model of the ranch rifle that is supposed to be a shooter, but haven`t seen one yet.

bgeddes 01-19-2008 02:08 AM

Exactly the type of info I was seeking. Just questioning spending hard earned dollars on a rifle that may not shoot better than an AK or SKS. I'd rather spend the $$ on ammo for practice than a fancy looking launcher.

DSAPT9 04-15-2008 01:17 AM

I agree with most of the post here. I like Ruger revolvers, 22s and most of their bolt actions but the Mini-14/30 even though fun is not known for their accuracy. That and the fact the guns are expensive and high cap mags are hard to find (thanks to their politics). I would go for a SKS or AK if you want a 7.62x39.

Just one mans thoughts!

seedy 05-05-2008 12:39 AM

I think Ruger has a .308 bore rather than the .311 bore you would find in a SKS or an AK. What influence that would have on accuracy would be anyones guess.

Laufer 12-15-2009 08:01 AM


In the last month or two, Ruger has finally released its long-awaited 20-rounder Mini 30 magazines to the public.

They are sold with the new Mini 30s, or separately.

What is almost as unusual is that Ruger only Began selling its larger (20-rd.)
Mini 14 mags to the public after the famous election. Coincidence?

Ruger's previous attitudes about producing larger mags cost them many long-term customers (to ARs, SKS, G-3 etc), who never returned.

masterPsmith 12-15-2009 02:00 PM

Just what I asked not to happen on the Mini forum." MINI BASHERS "

And from a mod no less..................


robocop10mm 12-15-2009 03:39 PM

So I'm "bashing" Minis? I expressed my opinion and related some information I learned from inside sources. That is "bashing".

I have seen some Mini-14's that really surprised me. They were pretty darn accurate.

I have a friend with an older Mini-30 that deer hunts each year with it. He is very satisfied with it.

I owned a stainless Mini-14. Bought it new in about 1983. I had lots of trouble with it. Accuracy was poor or worse. After it came back from Ruger the second time, I did not even shoot it. I immediately traded up (I will not elaborate as to what I consider "up".

Reliable high capacity magazines are hard to find and expensive when you do.

The front sight is difficult to use. The GB sight should be standard (IMHO).

Tell me what was untrue about the above statements?

The idea is a good one. The product has not lived up to the promise.

I did not realize there was a restriction on opinion if the opinion has a factual basis. To "bash" a poster because he is not a fan of the same products you are seems rather infantile. To "bash" Ruger because their products are crap would be disingenuous. Ruger does make some very good products like their .22 rimfires, their single action revolvers, their single shot rifles to name a few. They have put out some dawgs (IMHO) just as Remington has produced some firearms with major issues. Colt can barely keep out of the red. Taurus has a warm and cold rep, especially in the customer service arena. The list goes on and on.

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