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Ruger mini 30

jsmilinjoejsmilinjoe Member Posts: 10
edited February 2016 in Ask the Experts
Hi to all again. I have been gone for a while, but am back in the game, so here is my question.
I am looking to purchase a Ruger mini 30, SS, with a walnut stock, and am having a hard time finding out the value of such an animal. Looks to be in great shape, shot very little, and the owner is a close family member. I just want to make sure he gets what it is truly worth.
Can any of you experts tell me the current value of such a rifle, other than looking up the info in the blue book?
Appreciate your input, and I'm glad to be back.

BigBarn[8D]

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    jsmilinjoejsmilinjoe Member Posts: 10
    edited November -1
    I have posted a lot on this gun, I have had for about 4 years and I guesimate 2000 rounds through it. It has a beautiful Ruger finish, wood, accessories, and assortment of pistol grip stocks and large cap mags as well as muzzle brakes and scopes. The trigger group is smooth, if stiff, but the firing pin is weak against the commie ammo, and misfires a lot. I figured out that CHEETAH ammo, South Aferican, brass cased and close to the cost of Wolf, is close to price to Wolf, but never misfires like the cheap Russian or Norinco stuff does (about one in 30). Aside from this it compares favorably in accuracy against an SAR-1, AK, but the mags SUCK. I suspect that if the AWB is sunsetted it may increase in value if someone makes some decent 30 round ammo mags that can stand being dropped on the ground, but wonder what it may be worth now used? Should I sell it and get another SAR-1? Those things (SAR-1) are indestructable, and reliable, if less accurate. I want opinions on both please.
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    jsmilinjoejsmilinjoe Member Posts: 10
    edited November -1
    Will the stock off a Mini 14 fit on a Mini 30 or vise versa???
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    jsmilinjoejsmilinjoe Member Posts: 10
    edited November -1
    Anybody have an opinion on this firearm. I'm thinking about buying a used one in excellent condition. I want a semi-auto and the .380 seems like the right calibur. Thoughts?Thanks,G36
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    jsmilinjoejsmilinjoe Member Posts: 10
    edited November -1
    I purchased an Arsenal Inc AK 47 a couple months ago, its my first AK type rifle. I've been very impressed with this rifle. I am now considering purchasing a Ruger Mini 30 and attaching a folding stock. Any experiences with this rifle? Thanks in advance for any comments.
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    spiritsspirits Member Posts: 363 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Sold an old 1990's mini-14 wood stock, which I checkered, on ebay and I also showed in the ebay auction pictures that the stock also fit on a mini-30. So at least the wood stocks exchange one way.
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    ltslts Member Posts: 811 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hi,
    The Mini 30 magazine is wider along with the mag well and then some than the Mini 14. You could probably work a wood Mini 14 stock to accept the Mini 30 components. With wood that makes the vise versa a no go. Stop by your local Ruger dealer and check them out side by side.
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    competentonecompetentone Member Posts: 4,698 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by jsmilinjoe
    Will the stock off a Mini 14 fit on a Mini 30 or vise versa???


    Yes, as long as you are not talking about a very early Mini-14 stock.

    Mini-14 and Thirty rifles with serial numbers 181-xxxxx and higher and serial numbers 581-xxxxx and higher use the exact same stock.
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    TWalkerTWalker Member Posts: 2,372 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I fitted a Mini30 barreled action to a Mini14 stock. I had to do a lot of sanding to allow the action to fit in the magazine well area. It took a couple of hours but then everything worked fine.
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