early mini 30's

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chet15

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I've never heard of any function problems with the early guns. Collectibility-wise, the earliest Mini-30's are scarce.
They had a 186- prefix instead of the regular run with 189- serial number prefixes.
The 186- guns had a plastic "Sporter" style buttplate instead of the curved Mini-14 style carbine buttplate. Early Mini-30's also had Mini-14 marked magazines.
The earliest Mini-30's are known in the sn range of 186-00514 to 186-02174, and one of this configuration has also shown up early in the 189- prefix (189-01047). There probably weren't over 2,000 made.
SN's 186-00001 to 186-00500 were not produced.
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Can anyone tell me at what serial # range Ruger corrected the barrel diameter problem? I am referring to the bore diameter on the early guns being .308.
 

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Our 'early' mini 30 was purchased in about 1986 or so. It has the shotgun style buttplate and the bottom of the magazine is marked 'mini 14'. I can check the prefix, it is toward the back of the safe right now. My wife has killed a few whitetails with it. It has always functioned well and is accurate. I reload using 125g .308 diameter bullets. They shoot better in our rifle than the .310-.311s. TTT
 

chet15

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TnTnTn said:
Our 'early' mini 30 was purchased in about 1986 or so. It has the shotgun style buttplate and the bottom of the magazine is marked 'mini 14'. I can check the prefix, it is toward the back of the safe right now. My wife has killed a few whitetails with it. It has always functioned well and is accurate. I reload using 125g .308 diameter bullets. They shoot better in our rifle than the .310-.311s. TTT

Yes...I'd be curious of the sn. They are scarce. Send me a PM if you wish. I always try to keep up on that good stuff for my reference.
Chad
 

TnTnTn

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Here is a photo of my wife's early mini 30. It is a 186 series-Chet I will PM the serial # to you. She actually bought it herself before we were married and I still have both!! Lucky man indeed. TTT

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chet15

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Great pics! A lot of folks don't realize the first Mini-30's were a different configuration than later production. All of these had a 186- prefix while the curved buttplate style stock has a 189- prefix.
I only know of one super early 189- gun in the early configuration.
Chet15
 
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