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I have a very early series 180 mini-14 that came with a gold bead front sight. The serial number is very close to a thousand. My question is if these early types of mini have any collectors value? If not I plan to soon do some modifications to it in part to correct its accuracy and then to put a folding stock on it. I also have an orignal 30 round mag for it that I got with the rifle in I think about 1975. The other mags were five shot.

It is my understanding that ruger no longer supports the early 180's, but have not verified that claim yet with ruger. In recent years I have not shot it much since I read that this model breaks extractors. I am more of an AK person since those rifles obviously have little issue with broken parts if they are put together right.

I will greatly appreciate any useful information.

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"It is my understanding that ruger no longer supports the early 180's"

This is true...You might be able to fit 181 series extractor.
 

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Thanks for the information. Are there any sources of series 181 extractors other than ruger? It was also my undertanding that ruger will not send out extractors, preferring instead to have the entire bolt sent in. Since they will not service a 180 bolt that poses a problem with getting a spare from ruger.

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I have a very early series 180 mini-14 that came with a gold bead front sight. The serial number is very close to a thousand. My question is if these early types of mini have any collectors value? If not I plan to soon do some modifications to it in part to correct its accuracy and then to put a folding stock on it. I also have an orignal 30 round mag for it that I got with the rifle in I think about 1975. The other mags were five shot.

It is my understanding that ruger no longer supports the early 180's, but have not verified that claim yet with ruger. In recent years I have not shot it much since I read that this model breaks extractors. I am more of an AK person since those rifles obviously have little issue with broken parts if they are put together right.

I will greatly appreciate any useful information.

Thanks,
I was under the impression that Ruger didnt supply 30 rd. mags until after Bill Ruger died, I could be wrong though.
 

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I was under the impression that Ruger didnt supply 30 rd. mags until after Bill Ruger died, I could be wrong though.
I have the magazine that I purchased at the time. It was part of a police order that did not get sent to the police department. Perhaps the magazine is worth more than the gun. This was one of the first 1,000 or so minis that was sold. You understand incorrectly. I paid about XMAS 1975 $30 which is a lot more money today. The rarity of the mag was why I mentioned it.
 
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