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    180 series mini 14

    It has been a while since I have been on here due to work and life in general. I need some advice from the experts. I have the chance to trade a compound bow for a Southport made Ruger 180 series mini 14. The serial number is in the 180-52000 range. It is in very well worn, shootable shape. It has a scope mount and red dot with 2 magazines. I know Ruger doesn't support the 180 series but it seems like it might be a fun piece of history to have. The only thing that is missing is the rear iron sight. Should I go ahead and trade or should I pass it up due to no parts availability? Thanks in advance.

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    Numrich still has quite a few parts for the 180 series. I believe I saw enough parts on there to get a complete rear sight set up.

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    if the deal fits....trade......I always loved all the 14 series'es,,,,,

    Ive no use for a crossbow so I'm biased I suppose
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    scottz63, I really appreciate the link. I am going to get it Saturday morning. I will get some before and after pics to post. I will refinish the whole rifle and try to put it back to as close to newish as I can. I love the design of the mini. It just screams practical within 150 yards. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldrifle72 View Post
    scottz63, I really appreciate the link. I am going to get it Saturday morning. I will get some before and after pics to post. I will refinish the whole rifle and try to put it back to as close to newish as I can. I love the design of the mini. It just screams practical within 150 yards. Thanks again.
    Your welcome! Can't wait to see pics of it. It's always great to bring back an old gun to it's former glory.
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    Well, it turns out that Numrich is out of stock on almost all 180 parts. I have searched the internet high and low for parts with no success. If anyone has a 180 rear sight assembly that they don't need, please let me know.

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    Sorry about that. I didn't look if they were out of stock or not. My fault.
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    I'd always heard the 180's were more desirable. Don't know why though. Just something I heard from someone who loved them years ago.
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    jbruney, they seem to be better made as far as fit and finish goes. The actions are butter smooth and you can really tell the difference when you compare an old one to the ones produced today. I guess over the years, Ruger has cut corners just like others to mass produce. The one that I picked up this morning was made in 1976 and it still functions flawlessly. I think Mini's get a bad rep because folks try to make them do things they weren't designed to do. They are more than capable inside 200 yards. They just scream utilitarian truck gun.

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    I used to shoot his and it was slick. For lack of a better word. Pretty too...Accuracy was more than acceptable providing the barrel didn't get real hot.
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