Ruger Ranch Rifle: Share your Tips and Tricks!

Ruger Ranch Rifle: Share your Tips and Tricks!

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    Ruger Ranch Rifle: Share your Tips and Tricks!

    This thread is meant to be a discussion on the Ruger ranch rifle mini 14/30. I have much to learn about this rifle and 223/5.56 in general as the mini 14 will be my first for this round. I'll be picking up a mini 30 as soon as I see one.

    This thread is not meant to be a discussion on the merits of the ranch riffle vs other rifles. Please keep on the topic of the mini 14/30.

    I will say I think the Ruger ranch rifle makes for a good home defense weapon in a SHTF scenario for a novice gunner such as myself. The mini seems simple, reliable, and more than accurate enough for defense in an urban situation.

    Please share your knowledge on the "Ranch" rifles. Any tips and tricks that you have learned over the years would be appreciated. I'll start the conversation be asking a few questions. Other than lots of ammo and factory magazines what modifications or upgrades would you recommend? What's your favorite round for SHTF stockpiling and home defense? What optics do you like other than the stock irons.

    I'm looking for to hearing all things ranch rifle related here. Please share any good stories about your mini here.
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    ATI folding Collapsible Stock.

    If you are used to an AR platform, be prepared for a bit more recoil (different type of recoil).
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    Thanks Anglico! I was looking into the ATI stock. It's ridiculous but in CA that would make the rifle "illegal" as the ranch rifle has no bullet button (big plus) but the ATI stock has to many "Evil" features that require a bullet button. It's a mystery to me how all those tactical ranch rifle outside of CA behave themselves. I have yet to see one on the news.

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    I use gunslick on the moving parts or some form of grease. NEVER oil moving parts on a garand type action, it'll puke faster as the oil gets burned off. Grease is recommended for the garands and m14/m1a's as well. Oil the parts not moving against each other to avoid surface rust like the barrel.

    I remove the side plate as it's easier to get the bolt out and back in.

    Scrub the bolt face with a bronze bore brush and make sure there's NO crud left under the extractor claw. Do not oil the bolt, grease the bolt rollers and locking lugs/contact points with the receiver.

    Use a bore snake to clean the barrel of residue. Three passes, when the bore snake is set up properly cleans, lubes and dries the barrel with each pass.

    That's a start.
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    I would try and find some PMI or federal ordinance magaines. For years those were the only mags that would reliably function when ruger didn't make more than 10 round mags for the public (they made 20 round for LE use only). Precision Mag industries (not pro mag) originally made the ruger magazines. They were bought/sold in the late 80's to Federal ordinance until they went out of business in the 90's. They are noticeable by the two holes on the side and they have a welded magazine catch instead of a stamped steel like the new rugers have. I have a pile of them from gunshows in the 90's and early 2000's from gun shows when they weren't known and only 5-10 buck a piece.

    As for optics, a normal 3x9 scope works wonderful. If you want to put a light saber, kitchen sink and trash can on it, sell it and buy an AR. If you bought it new and it came with a set of scope rings, you can call ruger and swap them for a set of high rings to clear the lense on most 3.9.x40 scopes. Stay away from the side plate rail or scope mounts from companies like NCstar. They suck. NC star also makes a half azzed railed that goes in the integral scope mounts. Yeah that sucks too. you don't need some fancy red dot, although more power to you if you want one. I'm not up on the latest rail mounts for minis. I had an ATI stock on mine for years before I got into an ar. I was trying to make it something it was not. The mini is a fantastic rifle the way it is.




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    Quote Originally Posted by freakingstang View Post
    I would try and find some PMI or federal ordinance magaines. For years those were the only mags that would reliably function when ruger didn't make more than 10 round mags for the public (they made 20 round for LE use only). Precision Mag industries (not pro mag) originally made the ruger magazines. They were bought/sold in the late 80's to Federal ordinance until they went out of business in the 90's. They are noticeable by the two holes on the side and they have a welded magazine catch instead of a stamped steel like the new rugers have. I have a pile of them from gunshows in the 90's and early 2000's from gun shows when they weren't known and only 5-10 buck a piece.

    As for optics, a normal 3x9 scope works wonderful. If you want to put a light saber, kitchen sink and trash can on it, sell it and buy an AR. If you bought it new and it came with a set of scope rings, you can call ruger and swap them for a set of high rings to clear the lense on most 3.9.x40 scopes. Stay away from the side plate rail or scope mounts from companies like NCstar. They suck. NC star also makes a half azzed railed that goes in the integral scope mounts. Yeah that sucks too. you don't need some fancy red dot, although more power to you if you want one. I'm not up on the latest rail mounts for minis. I had an ATI stock on mine for years before I got into an ar. I was trying to make it something it was not. The mini is a fantastic rifle the way it is.



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    I have a mini 14, post 582 serial... The first thing I did to the gun, was god rid of the black stock and install a Hogue Overmolded stock in Ghillie Tan, MUCH better than the standard Ruger black nylon stock! I wanted a Stainless Steel version and the only one I could find had the synthetic stock. The Hogue is a softer compound, has excellent checkering, and fits very well, in my option, fits better than the "stock" stock :)
    Then I added and adjustable gas block from these folks: Adjustable Gas Block Ruger Mini 14 Rifle 30 Tunable Blocks Accuracy Systems Inc
    The Mini 14 has an amazing ability to throw expended brass incredible distances from the gun. I've had to go up to 30 yards at times to find brass that it has tossed. The gas block allows you to "tune" how far it throws brass and felt recoil. You can make it a single shot bolt action or toss brass full power. I've also added a Leupold VX-2 3X9X40 scope, and love it...
    I also clipped a round or two of of the spring in the trigger group, and lightly stoned the sear. no creep, no grit and breaks like a glass rod.

    I know I'll make some folks mad around here, but I prefer my Mini14 over my AR for just about anything. As soon as I can afford a Mini 30, I'll be adding one of those to the stable as well...

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    I personally like the gun with the factory wood, instead of trying to turn it into something you wish you had bought in the first place.
    I also like a compact fixed power scope and 20 round mags.
    For me the factory stock makes it feel more like a real rifle and comes to the shoulder much more naturally and quickly on target.
    I just wish it was chambered in something better than the pipsqueak 223 or the 7.62, although the latter is getting better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Learjetphlyer View Post
    I have a mini 14, post 582 serial... The first thing I did to the gun, was god rid of the black stock and install a Hogue Overmolded stock in Ghillie Tan, MUCH better than the standard Ruger black nylon stock! I wanted a Stainless Steel version and the only one I could find had the synthetic stock. The Hogue is a softer compound, has excellent checkering, and fits very well, in my option, fits better than the "stock" stock :)
    Then I added and adjustable gas block from these folks: Adjustable Gas Block Ruger Mini 14 Rifle 30 Tunable Blocks Accuracy Systems Inc
    The Mini 14 has an amazing ability to throw expended brass incredible distances from the gun. I've had to go up to 30 yards at times to find brass that it has tossed. The gas block allows you to "tune" how far it throws brass and felt recoil. You can make it a single shot bolt action or toss brass full power. I've also added a Leupold VX-2 3X9X40 scope, and love it...
    I also clipped a round or two of of the spring in the trigger group, and lightly stoned the sear. no creep, no grit and breaks like a glass rod.

    I know I'll make some folks mad around here, but I prefer my Mini14 over my AR for just about anything. As soon as I can afford a Mini 30, I'll be adding one of those to the stable as well...

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    Thanks for the link. That's just the kind of info I was looking for. I ended up picking up 2 mini-14's and will be sending 1 to accu systems.

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    I love my mini 14, it's reliable and accurate. One thing, unless they've changed the extractor, mine tends to toss the spent brass to the side with a some velocity; and it can land on the neighboring shooter to your right.

    Thanks for the thread, it reminds me that I haven't taken my rifle to the range in a while, and I need to do just that. (Needs a cleaning, too.)
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    I like the Hogue overmolded type stock on a "ranch" type rifle. They tend to feel better to me. I owned my Mini-14 for about 17 years. I never had a magazine failure when using the factory or John Masen 20 or 30 rd mags. I DID have some
    problems with aftermarket mags. JMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    I like the Hogue overmolded type stock on a "ranch" type rifle. They tend to feel better to me. I owned my Mini-14 for about 17 years. I never had a magazine failure when using the factory or John Masen 20 or 30 rd mags. I DID have some
    problems with aftermarket mags. JMHO.
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    My Mini Thirty has been fun. It doesn't shoot Tula so I've been feeding it WWB and using Tula in my SKS's. I like the black synthetic furniture with the stainless steel. Still having difficulty mounting a scope. I'm starting with a Center Point. Figure make my mistakes with a cheap one then as I learn it go with something better. Been going with Ruger magazines thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdave View Post
    My Mini Thirty has been fun. It doesn't shoot Tula so I've been feeding it WWB and using Tula in my SKS's. I like the black synthetic furniture with the stainless steel. Still having difficulty mounting a scope. I'm starting with a Center Point. Figure make my mistakes with a cheap one then as I learn it go with something better. Been going with Ruger magazines thus far.
    My mini30 gobbles tula all day? What's your rifle not like about it? Feed? Extraction/ejection? Something else? I would think that could be remedied by Ruger PDQ. If mine didn't feed rusky on the cheap I'd not own it. One of the reasons I bought the 30 is it feeds the surplus/mil 762x39 all day, as I expected it to.

    Depending on the why yours doesn't like it, I'd have that remedied by Ruger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    My mini30 gobbles tula all day? What's your rifle not like about it? Feed? Extraction/ejection? Something else? I would think that could be remedied by Ruger PDQ. If mine didn't feed rusky on the cheap I'd not own it. One of the reasons I bought the 30 is it feeds the surplus/mil 762x39 all day, as I expected it to.

    Depending on the why yours doesn't like it, I'd have that remedied by Ruger.
    It won't bust the primers on first try some times not even second or third. If a repeat strike does bust the primer it ejects the empty and chambers the next round fine.

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