Ruger Mini-30

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by bgeddes, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. bgeddes

    bgeddes New Member

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    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?

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  2. Righteous

    Righteous New Member

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    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
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Mini-30

    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.
     
  4. Catfish

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    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.
     
  5. bgeddes

    bgeddes New Member

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    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.
     
  6. DSAPT9

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    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!
     
  7. seedy

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    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.
     
  8. Laufer

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    DSAPT9:

    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.
     
  9. masterPsmith

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

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

    Jim......:(:(
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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.
     
  11. FCross7

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    Also, Robo's post was from January of '08, long before there was a Mini Forum.

    -Fred
     
  12. masterPsmith

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    Sorry about that robo. I did not mean it the way it sounded. Also did not notice the date of the post, if I had , I would have not even responded. True, Ruger has had problems through the years with the Mini and most of the issues with the Mini have been addressed with the newer models. I have been a gunsmith for over 43 years now and have been accurizing Mini's from way back in the 70s. I just finished a 183 series stainless this week for a customer. I took it out yesterday for testing and will post photos later in another post. I have also worked extensively with the AR platform through the years. There are a lot of negatives I could say about them, but I don't. I try to think of the positive aspects of all firearms and try to help people with problems they are having without being negative on the forum. My idea for the Mini forum was to help those with issues they are having, repair how too's, accurizing and any other info that may be needed. Have some competition from time to time and so on. I just want to keep it positive and not negative like I see it on many other forums.


    Sorry if I offended anyone.....................


    Jim.........
     
  13. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    We're OK. I try to be honest in my observations on life and firearms. There is no such thing as a "perfect" anything. You balance the good, the bad and the price. XYZ gun has almost zero faults, shoots one hole groups at 300+ yards but costs $27,000. If you have that kind of money and want to shoot one hole groups at 300 yards, more power to you. If you need a serious fighting rifle to make good hits out to 2-300 yards but only have $1000 to spend, I would prescribe an AR platform rifle. If you need to make decent hits out to 1-200 yardsbut have a more limited budget a Mini may be your best option.

    Some folks are itinerate tinkerers. They want to make a Mini into a sub moa paperpuncher. That is how products are improved. Major manufacturers learn from tinkerers. Sometimes tinkerers come up with something that the manufacturer will pay good money for the rights to use.

    How did the Colt 1911 become the gun it is today? Tinkerers played with the platform and learned how to make it more accurate, reliable, hold more ammo, etc.

    I would never bemoan a person's desires. I just think they need a dose of reality sometimes. If you want to make your Hi-Point .40 into an IPSC ready competition gun, you need a really big dose of reality.
     
  14. Albin

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    My mini-30 used to disassemble itself on the range shooting bench while firing. Talk about killing any confidence with the weapon.

    However, once I found and corrected the problem, it shot OK. It got better when I firelapped the barrel and the bedded the stock using the NRA guide for the M-1A/M-14 rifles with a steel reinforced nuclear rated epoxy. Killed my first deer with the weapon.

    I've since sold it since a) it still wasn't as accurate as any of my AR's and b) I already had an AK clone so didn't need another 7.62x39 weapon. I put it up one day and it just sat for over 10 years; finally just sold it.

    Al