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Old 01-16-2013, 9:28 PM
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Default Mini-14 Fair Price?

I have first dibs on a guy's "safe queen" Ruger Mini-14 180 that he says he's kept locked up for over 25 years. He told me he hadn't put a lot of rounds through it because he prefers tighter grouping, so he put it away and forgot about it. So, i guess it's still pretty "new." We're supposed to talk a possible deal when he gets back from the SHOT Show. No dollar figure has been mentioned yet. Any recommendations on a fair price?
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Old 01-16-2013, 9:38 PM
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You can try starting at $450 and let him work you up to $500 as leverage.

Past $600 I'd go after an M1 Carbine instead. Your call though. Take a look at Gunbroker for more reference on pricing.
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I doubt you'll find an M1 Carbine at $600 these days
I'd go as high as $600-$650 for a nice clean Mini-14
.223 is more powerful than .30 Carbine any day.
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Old 01-16-2013, 9:44 PM
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I was going to say $550
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The 180 Series is the 1st Mini 14, they were updated immediately as they're were not that great of a rifle. If you want one because it was the 1st Mini 14, then go for it, if you want a much nicer weapon that is more accurate, then get the newer 580 series. You can't put a scope on a 180 (at least not easily), they have the pencil thin barrels, not accurate and the wood top which holds heat, making it hot and even less accurate. Most of the better parts for that gun tend to fit the 182 Series or higher Series.

I have a 182 series which is a significant upgrade from the 180 Series, I'm going to sell my Mini in hopes of getting a newer one, which has the thicker barrel and better all around rifle.

How well has the gun been taking care of? That's would be concern. If he didn't clean it yearly, it could be a problem child (rust). As far as the price, in todays market it could fetch $500-$800 dollars. Personally, I'd get the newest one possible, again unless you are specifically after a 180 for the old skool factor.

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Triple Threat, I just got an email from Ruger showing the 2013 models. Most of them are suggested retail at $990. That sounds like in the current climate closer to $1,300 from a retailer. I'm not married to the old 180, but double the rate for a new gun, there better some real holy guacamole kind of gun.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:07 PM
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Triple Threat, I just got an email from Ruger showing the 2013 models. Most of them are suggested retail at $990. That sounds like in the current climate closer to $1,300 afrom a retailer. I'm not married to the old 180, but double the rate for a new gun, there better some real holy guacamole kind of gun.
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FWIW, I sold a 181 series mini 14 for $700 last year
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Offer $500 and then get a barrel strut if you get it.
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180 hat has been locked up that and low count in today's market 600-700 buckeroos. To often we here the negs about this rifle bit bottom line it's a gunner. I recently sold one and currently have a 182 series that I will not part with. Good luck
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Before the crazy, $400 ish ~ Now $700 +
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Thanks for all the input. I guess we'll see how it goes next week. How much I offer depends on the shape it's in and the fixin's that go with it. If it's immaculate, I might go as high as $700 (my enthusiasm in the moment isn't easy to tame). The guy teaches marksmanship and Utah CCW, so I'd be surprised if he didn't keep it cleaned and oiled.
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I bought a new one 6mos ago. Stainless , synthetic stock for $700. Anything more that that is too much IMo.
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For a 180 series Mini, I would not pay more than $450ish.. and thats only if its in extremely good condition. I would not pay more for it just because of the current scare/hype either.
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Triple Threat, I just got an email from Ruger showing the 2013 models. Most of them are suggested retail at $990. That sounds like in the current climate closer to $1,300 afrom a retailer. I'm not married to the old 180, but double the rate for a new gun, there better some real holy guacamole kind of gun.
Holy crap, that's AR money.
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AR money and no AR mag comparability
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$450
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AR money and no AR mag comparability
There are some folks who like the garand style action more than the ar style.
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