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230grjhp
07-19-2007, 7:36 PM
Okay, so i've been trying to get opinions on Ruger's Mini 30. Everytime I read something about it, it seems people have more negative things to say about it. Mind you this were all pre-2007 models. I understand the Mini 30 has been remodeled to address issues people were having with them this year. I'd appreciate opinion on this if you have experience with the Mini 30. Seems it's a love it or hate it rifle. Why then does Ruger sell so many of them? Help me understand please. Thank you in advance.

jumbopanda
07-19-2007, 7:38 PM
From what I hear, it's more picky about ammo than AKs and SKSes are. It's probably slightly more accurate than an AK, but not by too much. I don't see the point in getting a Mini 30 instead of an AK or SKS.

762cavalier
07-19-2007, 7:50 PM
well Let me start off by saying that a mini-30 was my first rifle and I love it. That being said, it is not the most accurate rifle.First shot always goes exactly where it is supposed to then it opens up as it heats up. the thin barrel is not conducive to accuracy. It is a great plinking rifle and a good ranch gun for coyote and deer.It feeds every ammo I have fed it without a hiccup.
I am in the process of sending mine in to Accuracy systems to have it pillar bedded and have a heavier barrel chambered in 6.5 grendel put on. Won't know the results for a month or so when I get it back.

MudCamper
07-19-2007, 8:24 PM
Well, the biggest problem is price. An SKS or a Saiga are so much less expensive.

C.G.
07-19-2007, 8:58 PM
well Let me start off by saying that a mini-30 was my first rifle and I love it. That being said, it is not the most accurate rifle.First shot always goes exactly where it is supposed to then it opens up as it heats up. the thin barrel is not conducive to accuracy. It is a great plinking rifle and a good ranch gun for coyote and deer.It feeds every ammo I have fed it without a hiccup.
I am in the process of sending mine in to Accuracy systems to have it pillar bedded and have a heavier barrel chambered in 6.5 grendel put on. Won't know the results for a month or so when I get it back.

Please, report after you've shot it in the Grendel mode.

skywlkr
07-20-2007, 2:11 PM
The biggest problem I have with my mini30 is the lack of reliable magazines.
Mine is accurate for about the first 5 shots or so until the barrel heats up and then I get several flyers mixed in with some paper plate sized grouped shots.

762cavalier
07-20-2007, 4:14 PM
Please, report after you've shot it in the Grendel mode.

Oh I will! I can't wait for the little beastie to be done.:43:

Prc329
07-20-2007, 5:20 PM
They are mob accurate. (minute of barn)

Sorry just had to do it once.

762cavalier
07-20-2007, 5:34 PM
Hey I could hit the broadside of a barn with mine(from inside the barn of course):rofl2:

EdinKali
07-20-2007, 8:06 PM
With a tight fitting stock(ramline), handloads, cheap 4x32 scope and a muzzle brake I have shot 1.1" groups CTC(5 shots @100yds) with my mini-30. Out of the box with russian surplus they shoot like $#!%. If you don't mind doing a little tuning/handloading they aren't that bad.

Satex
07-20-2007, 8:15 PM
That being said, it is not the most accurate rifle.First shot always goes exactly where it is supposed to then it opens up as it heats up.

I have heard the same comment a lot, so why pay $600 when you can get same performance, better reliability with a $200 SKS?

tygerpaw
07-20-2007, 8:21 PM
I had one. I got it instead of the mini14 because I wanted to shoot the cheap (at the time, 2001) russian ammo. It would mis-fire about every 10 rds. Ruger told me that it was not meant to fire military ammo with hard primers. They told me that the only ammo the guaranteed it would fire with was Federal. So I sold it and bought a Mini-14 instead. I did find that 10 rd. USA mags worked ok. Pro-mags were terrible. I personally would never buy another Mini-30.

762cavalier
07-20-2007, 8:37 PM
I have heard the same comment a lot, so why pay $600 when you can get same performance, better reliability with a $200 SKS

Thats why I bought my SKS and am having the Mini worked over.;) Besides I like the styling of the Mini and I can pretend I'm on the A-Team:rofl:

Hoop
07-20-2007, 8:37 PM
I have similar problems with the cheap-o russian ammo, I'm gonna try some Wolff springs to see if that'll help. Mine does shoot Golden Bear though.

762cavalier
07-20-2007, 8:48 PM
Man- Mine eats the cheap russian ammo like its going out of style(which it seems to be, the way prices have shot up:eek:).

BossHogg
07-23-2007, 12:03 AM
The 7.62x39 cartridge and the Kalashnikov action have been a die hard proven combo for 60 years now ..... why steer away from that?

akjunkie
07-23-2007, 12:57 PM
U.S. 7.62 = .308

Warsaw 7.62 MM = .311

Did Ruger barrel the mini 30 for US .308 and your shooting .311 Commie ammo?

C.G.
07-23-2007, 2:28 PM
U.S. 7.62 = .308

Warsaw 7.62 MM = .311

Did Ruger barrel the mini 30 for US .308 and your shooting .311 Commie ammo?

Mini 30 is 7.62 x 39.