Which Ruger Mini-14?

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  • Which Mini-14?

    • Wood Stock Blued Barrel/Receiver

      Votes: 24 46.2%
    • Wood Stock Stainless Finish Barrel/Receiver

      Votes: 19 36.5%
    • Sythentic Stock Blued Finish Barrel/Receiver

      Votes: 1 1.9%
    • Synthectic Stock Stainless Finish Barrel/Receiver

      Votes: 8 15.4%

    • Total voters
      52
    • Poll closed .

    Huckleberry

    Making Libs Cry Since '80
    MDS Supporter
    Oct 19, 2007
    19,607
    Severn
    I must disagree. I think the stainless and wood looks very good together... especially the GB models.

    More than a few of those were bought up by members here a few years ago, for about $450 to $490. :innocent0

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    No, the pic isn't mine.

    Posts like this makes you miss Lou
     

    willtill

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    May 15, 2007
    16,991
    I think it looks better that way. Less plain.

    Like a stainless 1911 with blued controls, or vice versa.
    I know the barrel shroud is black ABS (or something) and I can accept that. I can reluctantly accept the blued mag. But... the blued front sight on the stainless steel barrel is just WRONG. Why can't it be stainless? Why blue'd? Did the V.C. run out of parts?
     

    Bullfrog

    Active Member
    Oct 8, 2009
    9,124
    Carroll County
    I know the barrel shroud is black ABS (or something) and I can accept that. I can reluctantly accept the blued mag. But... the blued front sight on the stainless steel barrel is just WRONG. Why can't it be stainless? Why blue'd? Did the V.C. run out of parts?

    The front sight block was originally stainless to match the barrel and reciever, but they changed them to blued because there was better contrast in most shooting situations. It also was found to cause less glare, but if you think about it, this makes no sense. That's because I made it all up. I have no idea why it isn't stainless.
     

    Bullfrog

    Active Member
    Oct 8, 2009
    9,124
    Carroll County
    I know the barrel shroud is black ABS (or something) and I can accept that. I can reluctantly accept the blued mag. But... the blued front sight on the stainless steel barrel is just WRONG. Why can't it be stainless? Why blue'd? Did the V.C. run out of parts?

    Here's a replacement part that will really upset you.

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    newmuzzleloader

    Active Member
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    Apr 14, 2009
    4,341
    joppa
    I have a wood and stainless ranch that is my go to varmint gun so that is how I voted. I would also buy a wood and blue if the price is right. United has/had one but wouldn't answer any questions about it so I said fvkem and kept my money.
     
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    pbharvey

    Habitual Testifier
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 27, 2012
    27,240
    Go old school - blue & wood.
    It’s a ranch rifle, so buy a cowboy hat and some boots.
     

    Sirex

    Powered by natural gas
    Oct 30, 2010
    8,736
    Carroll Co, MD
    I like the look of stainless and wood. Overall, if I were to want a Mini 14, it would be an A-Team special, but those are much too dangerous for us mortals here in MD.
     

    calicojack

    American Sporting Rifle
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    May 29, 2018
    3,745
    East Bumfkgypt
    For a used Min-14, I have read that the 580+ serials are a significant upgrade to the older models, and that the 581+ serials have a thicker barrel as well. I would not consider a used Mini-14 with a pre 580 serial.

    [EDIT] Well - to be really specific; looks like any serial at or after 580-76276 uses the heavier barrel.
     

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