Mini 14 Series

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  1. threetango

    threetango Special Dance Instructor

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    Here's a list of the different series of the Mini 14 by year.

    180 Series Link
    Produced from 1974-1977.
    Brass ejects upwards.
    Shipped from factory with wood handguard installed.
    Original Mini-14, no longer supported by Ruger (i.e., no 180-specific parts available)

    181 - 186 Series Link
    Produced from 1978-1999.
    "Standard" Mini-14
    No factory scope mounts, single blade front sight, low round rear peep sight.
    Brass ejects upwards.
    Still supported by Ruger factory parts.

    196 - 197 Series Link
    Produced from 2000-2004.
    Same as 181-186 Series.

    187 - 188 Series Link
    Produced from 1982-1995.
    Mini-14 Ranch Rifle
    Factory Scope Mounts, flip-up rear sight, single blade front sight.
    Brass ejects to side to avoid contact with scope.
    Still supported by Ruger factory parts.

    195 - 197 Series Link
    Produced from 1996-2004.
    Mini-14 Ranch Rifle.
    Same as 187-188 Series.

    580 - 581 Series Link
    Produced from 2005-Present.
    Mini-14 Ranch Rifle.
    Winged Rear Peep Sight, Winged (3-blade) Front Sight.
    Integrated Scope Mounts.
    At some point in the 580 Series, Ruger introduced the "heavier," flanged/tapered barrel which improved accuracy and decreased heat sensitivity (stringing).


    _Twist Rates for Mini 14.

    Mini14 rate of twist
    1. 1974- 1986 is 1 in 10
    2. 1986- 1997 is 1 in 7
    3. 1997- present is 1 in 9
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  2. Railbuggy

    Railbuggy Oath Keeper

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    My younger brother bought one in 77 but then found out Ky wasen't allowing deer hunters to use .223/5.56 ammo.The law changed a few years later.The TV show A-Team made the mini 14 sales take off I bet.
     

  3. SHOOTER13

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    Thanks for that comprehensive list 3T... !!
     
  4. Popeye

    Popeye New Member

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    3T that listing I'm sure will help some folks out.
     
  5. threetango

    threetango Special Dance Instructor

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    Added twist rates to OP.
     
  6. SHOOTER13

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    Thread is a sticky now....

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