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Old 03-29-2010, 6:12 AM
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Default Ruger Mini 30 question, serial # range...

Hey all, I'm shopping for a Ruger Mini 30 in 7.62x39.. I want a wooden stock and many on the online auctions say something about being in the 189xxx serial number range. I think can see looking those up that they were made in the 90's... Is this good or bad? I know earlier ranch rifles had accuracy issues.... I'm normally not that concerned about real precise accuracy but this rifle hopefully will be my Texas hog hunting rifle so I will want it to work well. Thanks,

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Old 03-29-2010, 7:52 AM
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I've got a 189 series mini and it gets about 4-5 inch groups at 100 yards with brass cased ammo. Shoots decently enough to hit steel, thats about all I use it for. Its definitely a nice gun though.
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Old 03-29-2010, 1:56 PM
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I've got a 189 serial number Mini 30, 1990 manufacture as per Ruger. The issue I have is that 1990 is the split date for .308"/.310" bore manufacture.
Early(er) than 1990= .308" bore, late(er) than 1990=.310" bore. They told me the only sure way to tell was to slug the bore, I don't want to do this, so I'm going to load some .308" bullets and do some accuracy testing to see if it's worth keeping. It shoot's 3-4" groups now with Wolf or Fiocchi ammo, I'd like it a little tighter. Personally I would recommend getting something newer if you must get a Mini.
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Old 03-30-2010, 3:20 AM
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Good info guys. There are new ones out there, but they are ally synthetic stocks. Will keep looking..
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Old 03-30-2010, 4:29 AM
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For all your questions about the Mini go to www.perfectunion.com,
the forum section. over 100,000 postings about the Mini 14/30.
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