Mini-Thirty questions


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olywa
August 13, 2007, 04:05 PM
I have an opportunity to pick up a new Ruger Mini-Thirty and I was wondering if anyone here has picked one up recently? It is my understanding that Ruger has revamped the whole Mini line in the last year or two. Is that correct?

I am aware of some of the criticism directed at the earlier models, such as thin barrels, trigger group falling out, and so on. Has this all been addressed in the newer models? Are the barrels still sized .308?

Not interested in an SKS/Saiga platform at this time. Just curious as to whether Ruger has finally got the Mini-Thirty whipped into shape. I'm also interested in hearing any feedback regarding the new 6.8 Mini.

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lee n. field
August 13, 2007, 05:27 PM
They have been slightly modified. I've seen reports that the new ones are more accurate. Take Internet hearsay for what it's worth.

I've never heard of any problem with them dropping the trigger group.

R.W.Dale
August 13, 2007, 06:05 PM
I am aware of some of the criticism directed at the earlier models, such as thin barrels, trigger group falling out, and so on. Has this all been addressed in the newer models? Are the barrels still sized .308?

http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=178431

Many of your questions can be answered in the above link. I'm gonna say that unless your mini 30 is an ancient example the it's gonna have a .310 bore

olywa
August 13, 2007, 08:35 PM
Good info, thanks. So would I be getting a decent knock-around gun with a Mini-Thirty. Sounds like it's a bit of a crap shoot on the accuracy side, what with Ruger relegating the .308 barrels with a nominally larger bore to the "Mini-Thirty pile". Also, is there anything to the story about the barrels losing their accuracy once they've heated up?

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