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My new Ruger Mini-Thirty Tactical Rifle

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by badge315, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. badge315


    Aug 14, 2008
    Middleburg, FL
    I figured bac1023 isn't the only one who can start threads about recent acquisitions. :supergrin:

    Not too long ago I read a brief history of the Mini-30 and watched a few YouTube videos, and I started to get the itch for one. I was never too excited about them when they were first introduced, especially since Ruger only made 5-round magazines for them and aftermarket mags were of dubious reliability. But I definitely dig the new Tactical Rifle configuration; blued finish, heavy barrel, protected front sight, GB flash hider...and it comes with two factory 20-round mags. :supergrin:


    And here it is with its Garand siblings in .308 and .223...


    This is my first rifle chambered in 7.62x39...anyone have any thoughts/experience with the Mini-30? I've only put 40 rounds of UMC brass-cased ammo through it so far...which naturally ran flawlessly. But I intend to experiment with a wide variety of steel and brass-cased ammo to see what it likes.
  2. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Looks great!! Congrats!

  3. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    I love the 7.62X39 round! I have eight (8) SKS' and seven (7) AKs chambered for that round. LOVE THEM ALL!!!!

    While my Mini is the -14 in 5.56/.223, I would not hesitate to get the Mini-30 if the price was right.

    Congrats on a true classic!

  4. raven11


    Jan 27, 2009
    i have no experience with that rifle but congrats, I know from experience 7.62x39 is a tad cheaper than .308

    with the rifles next to each other the Mini-14 doesn't look that "mini"
  5. DonD


    Dec 21, 2001
    Central TX
    I’ve had one for about 8 yrs. Really like it, quite reliable and pretty accurate despite nay sayers. The earlier, thinner barreled versions weren’t as accurate.

    This one is about a 1.4 MOA gun off of the bench with a 2-7X scope on it but I enjoy it more with the irons.

    By the way, I’ve found the 10 rd Pro Mag magazines to be quite reliable. Don
  6. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Looks like that would be much fun to shoot.
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Do yourself a favor,.........keep the cheap Chi-Com steel case ammo away from that Mini 30. The primers they use are very hard on the Mini's firing pin. Break a pin and it's off to Ruger for a replacement. That is a $150+ job. There are no drop in firing pins for a Mini, they are all hand fit.
  8. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    I got the Ranch Rifle version a couple of years ago. I was getting some FTF which necessitated tapping the bolt handle. I knew the issue...the fiberglass stock was rubbing against the bolt, slightly impeding motion.

    Sent it back to Ruger thinking they would trim the stock and call it a day. But they buffed down the bolt instead. Odd choice of options, IMHO, but the problem got solved. Do NOT grab the barrel after you have gone thru a magazine.....:wow: The shroud is your friend!

    Good rifle. Sounds like a washing machine when it cycles, but accuracy is more than god enough for my purposes, and the 7.62x39 round will handle anything I will ever face.

    Welcome to the Mini world!
  9. deadmanglocking


    May 16, 2012
    I hate you. I've really been in the market for one and can't find one in my price range. Great gun and a great round IMO.

    Sent from my SPH-L900 using Ohub Campfire mobile app
  10. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    That is disappointing. A 7.62x39 that can't shoot cheap ammo is just about useless.
  11. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    I have been shooting ComBloc ammo in mine since I got it. This warning about the hard primers and the Mini firing pin has been Gospel on the Ruger sites. But I have not had an issue with Rooskie ammo...but that has dried up now.

    But, mine is not a heavy shooter...i have MAYBE 800 rounds thru mine.

    You DO need to watch out for corrosive ammo...hose down (literally) your Mini after you have finished firing, get all the nasty glop out of it. Again, Gospel says to pour boiling water down the barrel after firing corrosive, and don't delay cleanup.

    It IS true that if you break the FP, it needs a custom refit by Ruger. Others have tried to get a spare FP from Ruger, but have been said its a no-go. Now, this seems odd to me, a firing pin is a pretty standard item, so why the custom fit is lost on me, but those are the stories.

    Anyway, I shoot the cheap stuff because I can't afford the good stuff, and I figger Ruger would know that if you chamber a rifle for a ComBloc cartridge, you are gonna have ComBloc cartridges fired thru it.

    Shoot and enjoy! It is a fun rifle that folks have a lot of fun modding. My Ranch is stock, and this makes me a distinct minority!

    OH...PLUS, with the Mini, you get the benefits of an "assault rifle" (cartridge, capacity) with none of the PC "assault rifle" baggage.
  12. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Looks great

    Congrats! :cool:
  13. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    Don't let the internet-commandos distort reality as the mini-30 will happily shoot commie steel cased ammo just fine.
  14. steve1911


    Jul 12, 2004

  15. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    Did this happen to you or some one you know personally?
  16. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    Nov 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    Nice looking rifle! Congrats! :thumbsup:
  17. Congrats on the new rifle. She looks very sweet. No experience with that model but I have had other models from Ruger and they were always flawless. I am sure yours will be flawless too.:supergrin:
  18. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Happened to me,......TWICE. The second time was blamed on me by Ruger. After the 1st firing pin was replaced, it was suffering from light primer strikes about 30% of the time. I then installed an extra power hammer spring. It fired reliably, but the firing pin broke at about 400 rounds fired. Cost for that replacement was $150 for the labor, $9 for the pin and $43 and change for the shipping.

    Sold the darn thing. Loved it for what it was, but would not shoot the cheap Norinco and other steel case ammo.
  19. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Don't you have something else better to do than play troll? :dunno: