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Old September 28th, 2018, 04:29 PM #1
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Not happy with Ruger right now

I dropped my Ruger Mini-30 off at Duffy's to have the barrel shortened and threaded for a suppressor. When John chucked the barrel up, he couldn't find any part where it was concentric and found 2 warps in the final 4" of barrel.

Called Ruger and the Customer Service said to "Send it in and we will take care of it for you." 2 weeks later and I get a call that the barrel is in spec and the warps are where the barrel was "adjusted" to bring the barrel into spec as it was out of alignment from the manufacturer. WTF

I told them not to touch it and to send it back to me (they were gonna undo the trigger job I had professionally done years ago).

Now my only options are: put it back together and forget about it -OR- send it to Accuracy Systems for a barrel upgrade package. I figure, if I send it out I am going to get a new, better cartridge chamber for the same price. I can get a 6.8SPC or .224 Valkyrie.
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It's not unusual for barrel makers to "bend" a barrel to make sure it's in spec. That was an issue in the 1960s when the Ichord Committee was investigating reports of problems with early M16 rifles in Vietnam. A whistle-blower was reporting that he spotted workers bending M16 barrels to install and then send out to the Army. There were numerous industry expert witnesses from different gun companies testify that was not unusual as there was no such thing as a perfectly straight barrel and that's why there were inspection procedures. If a barrel could be brought in within specs it was done...otherwise it was scrapped. Procedure today are probably far better than fifty years ago.

Ruger has an excellent customer service reputation. I doubt if they're screwing with you. As long as the rifle shoots the way you want it's really nothing to worry about.
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I remember seeing what looks like a barrel adjustment in a H&K documentary, its in German so I couldn't understand. It can be seen at around the 2:00 minute mark of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2rLAWksyMQ

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Ruger has an excellent customer service reputation. I doubt if they're screwing with you. As long as the rifle shoots the way you want it's really nothing to worry about.
That's the thing. It shoots meh considering it's a 7.62x39. It shoots better than any AK-47 I have shot and I wanted to suppress it for short distance hunting. Since that is now out the window.....

John is also looking into what it would cost to get a Green Mountain barrel blank and make a barrel from scratch. If he can do that, I prefer a 1:7 Valkyrie, if the cost would be the same.
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Ruger Minis don't have a precision reputation to begin with plus the 7.62x39 isn't the most inherently accurate round either (depending on brand). That it's more accurate than an AK says a lot for Ruger and their quality. It's likely as accurate as the package can be short of a custom barrel and custom tuning. At the point the weak link will be the ammunition.
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Exactly, and I was happy with the accuracy inside 100yd. It was definitely minute-of-deer. All I wanted to do was have the barrel threaded for a suppressor.
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Barrel straightening was a skill requiring a keen eye and a deft hand on the straightening machine. Here's a skilled barrel straightener at Springfield Armory.

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Never knew manufacturers did this. Very interesting.
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That's why I am gonna go with a match grade barrel threaded before it's ever installed. Gonna co$t, but it will be done and done.
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Answer #1 - You go Dude !, and persue Mini-30 perfection .

Answer #2 - Even with oem straightened bbl , it exceeds expectations for common semiatuo 7.62x39 rifles , and presumably would slay Bambi at typical distances .

( Yes , bbl straightening by mfgs is a longstanding , generally accepted thing . This one would seem to be right on the very edge of a very generous Factory Spec .)
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