Early 70 mini

Discussion in 'Ruger Mini 14' started by Nogoat, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Nogoat

    Nogoat New Member

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    I hear a lot of negative thoughts on the value of them as a shooter, too used to be a collector, but seems like a good price at 500. Any thoughts? Don't need need, but.,,
     
  2. KMO

    KMO Northern Arizona

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    Be sure to check on the series number, which is indicated by the first 3 numbers of the serial number (stamped on side of receiver). Some early versions of the Mini-14 were actually a different caliber (.222), and some are not supported by Ruger any longer.

    180 Series
    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
    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
    Produced from 2000-2004.
    Same as 181-186 Series.

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

    580 - 582 Series
    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).
     
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    I believe it's a 180 in 223 , stamped for bicentennial like all that year.
     
  4. KMO

    KMO Northern Arizona

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    Thanks for the info.