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twobits

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I recently bought my first Mini 14. It is a 181 version made in 1978. Is there anything I should know before I go out and shoot it.
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Actnbill

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Welcome from NH.....Enjoy your new Mini....

If you didn't already know....your Mini 14 will probably set a new personal record of 'Farthest Flung Brass'.......very satisfying I might add.....
 
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welcome from NE Ohio,,,had one ,same vintage and at that time I used it in a match at the club, against all the others who were using military .30 cal assorted weapons, I won the match, qualified me to get my M-1 Garand from the DCM besides,,,,good gun and mine was very accurate , just tough to see (spot) your holes at 100- 200 yards....ahh those were the days, but more fun shooting .357 mag handguns at 200 yards, steel plates...............enjoy it:cool:;)
 

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welcome from NE Ohio,,,had one ,same vintage and at that time I used it in a match at the club, against all the others who were using military .30 cal assorted weapons, I won the match, qualified me to get my M-1 Garand from the DCM besides,,,,good gun and mine was very accurate , just tough to see (spot) your holes at 100- 200 yards....ahh those were the days, but more fun shooting .357 mag handguns at 200 yards, steel plates...............enjoy it:cool:;)
Just hoping to be able to ring my 6" gong at 100yds from offhand position on a regular basis. Maybe even ring the 4" one.
 

twobits

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There appears to be a spiraling effect on the outside of my barrel, like you would get from turning it on a lathe. Also there is a step on the outside half way between the gas block and front sight. Is this normal?
 

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buckshotshorty

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After wanting one for many years, I finally broke down and bought one for a Christmas present to myself.

First range trip I ran several magazines full at 25 yds. And it was right on target. Next time I'll be @ 50 yds. Now that my confidence is up.

BTW The gun ran flawlessly, and was a joy to shoot! 🤙
 

twobits

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that looks normal
Well just got back from my gunsmith. He said that the gun barrel appears to be normal. He also did a safety check on the gun and found everything ok. He did say that someone had done a trigger job on the gun but it was safe to use. Also as I had thought another owner had put an aftermarket front sight and muzzle device on it along with a aluminum handguard. He thinks they were all made by Choate. Also said it appears to him it has seen very little use. Told me to shoot her and enjoy.
 

Actnbill

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Great advice from your Smith.......As for the flash suppressor / sight..... The Mini 14 is one gun that actually greatly benefits from a flash suppressor.... ( unlike a 10/22 or AR )

A nice old vintage Mini 14 ( non ranch rifle ) like yours .....without a flash suppressor .....shoots out a big flame out the muzzle unlike an AR 15....
The flash suppressor really tames the fire breathing dragon down....

Why a vintage Mini 14 vs Ranch Rifle is different......( other than scope rings ) .... can't tell you why....but one throws brass out and forward.....the other out and back.... ( can't remember which one does what....but you can tell us after your trip to the range....)
 
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I recently acquired NIB Ruger Mini-14 Tactical in .300 Blackout caliber. Too busy with other projects, so it has yet to see the range. I bought this particular piece for a number of reasons: 1. It's a Ruger; 2. It's a Mini-14 ?; 3. It has a short barrel (16.5) & flash hider; 4. I don't like the 7.62x39 cartridge; 5. I do very much like the .300BLK specs & available options.
Why did Ruger designate the "Blackout" rifle a Mini-14 (7.62x35) instead of Mini-30 (7.62x39)?
 

twobits

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Welcome from NH.....Enjoy your new Mini....

If you didn't already know....your Mini 14 will probably set a new personal record of 'Farthest Flung Brass'.......very satisfying I might add.....
Not an issue as I have an old welders curtain I put up alongside my shooting bench to keep my pistol.brass from going into the ditch along side by gun range.
 

twobits

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I recently acquired NIB Ruger Mini-14 Tactical in .300 Blackout caliber. Too busy with other projects, so it has yet to see the range. I bought this particular piece for a number of reasons: 1. It's a Ruger; 2. It's a Mini-14 ?; 3. It has a short barrel (16.5) & flash hider; 4. I don't like the 7.62x39 cartridge; 5. I do very much like the .300BLK specs & available options.
Why did Ruger designate the "Blackout" rifle a Mini-14 (7.62x35) instead of Mini-30 (7.62x39)?
Something to ask Ruger but my guess has to do with possible confusion between the two different cartridges.
 

twobits

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Is there any real reason to install a barrel strut on a Mini 14? I just ordered one but wanted to know why or if they are needed.
 

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I think accuracy improvement even though they were never ( initially ) advertised as a target rifle … to each their own LOL
 
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