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Mini 14 barrels

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Charliefrank, Jun 13, 2018 at 12:47 PM.

  1. Charliefrank

    Charliefrank Member

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    Does anyone know what year they stopped producing these rifles with the pencil thin barrels? I remember reading something about the serial numbers but I can't recall for the life of me what it was
     
  2. LoonWulf

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    I think some of the 590s still had pencil barrels, as far as I know all the 591+ are tappered....year wise I'm not positive I bought my 591 in 2010 but they had been doing it for a while by then.
     
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  3. Kame B.

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    It's not the 590's since that serise number Mini 14 does not exist.

    New Mini-14 Ranch Rifle
    580 Ranch Rifle (early version): Thin barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer system using the recoil spring assembly, new tooling resulting in a slightly different look to the receiver (more rounded edges, etc.)
    580 Ranch Rifle (later version)-581: Thicker flanged barrel, ejector in the bolt stop assembly, scope ring scallops cast into the receiver, buffer system using the recoil spring assembly, new tooling resulting in a slightly different look to the receiver (more rounded edges, etc.)Beginning
    Serial Nbr

    580-00001--2005--1 in 9
    580-15286--2006--1 in 9
    580-32382--2007--1 in 9
    580-50951--2008--1 in 9
    * 580-76276
    and 581-00000--2009--1 in 9
    * 581-48753--2010--1 in 9
    * 581-71056--2011--1 in 9
    * 581-95645--2012--1 in 9
    * New Mini-14 Ranch Rifles rollmarked with Mini Thirty Rifles beginning in 2009.

    Source: http://sunflowerammo.blogspot.com/2012/11/ruger-mini-1430-barrel-twist-rates.html
     
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  4. LoonWulf

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    Thanks Kame, didn't even realize I typed 590....guess I had Mossberg on the brain or something.
     
  5. walkenbear

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    kame is right on, thin barrels to about 580-50xx, 2005, then the heavier barrels.
     
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  6. walkenbear

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    kame is right on, thin barrels to about 580-50xx, 2005, then the heavier barrels.
     
  7. Charliefrank

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    Thanks fellas. I knew somebody on here knew.
     
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