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Old 01-18-2010, 09:02 AM
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Default Ruger ranch rifle

Bass pro has a sale on them for 800 bucks.
It appears to be like the mini 14 only it's stainless with synthetic stock.
I have a few questions for the gun aficionado's.
What is the single stage Garand style safety? Is that the weird looking petrusion sticking out of the starboard side?
Will this model accept a large capacity clip?
Is this a good price for this weapon?
I had a Ruger mini 14 (stainless and wood) years ago that I kept on my boat and loved it.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:06 AM
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Its the same gun just a different name. I was going to get one but i hear they arent very accurate past 100 yards of so...I think the going rate for them is about $1000 so 800 sounds good. Check out gunbroker.com its like e-bay for guns it might answer some of your questions too.
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Mini-14 and Ranch rifle differenence are the sights. Ranch comes with scope rings, mini has the Mil type sights. Great rifles, not super accurate, but reliable. I remeber when they were like $290 WS in blue. . . . . times change.

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The diffence was that the original Mini didnt have a provision to mount a scope, so you had to use an aftermarket mount, and brass (due to ejection angle) would hit the scope, the Ranch had a built in mount, and different angle of ejection.

I think all current models share the new receiver though.

Heres some info

http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-NEWMini14.htm
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It's just a fancy mini-30 and they aren't very accurate

$800 is high

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/i...cPath/36_59_80

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Fun to shoot.....their rep comes from people expecting them to shoot like an AR or an M-14. You can spend a wad to make them more accurate , but it is what it is.....just a fun gun to blow rounds. I think the safety reference is the tigger guard style.
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The Ranch is a Mini-14 with different sights and a scope mount. Great little rifle...I paid $475.00 for a stainless in 2002. I gotta buy some Ruger stock.......
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You's guys are the best.

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Check this site out. Scroll to near the bottom and find the Ranch for $665.

http://www.ozarkguns.com/main1.htm
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Originally Posted by Greg Manning View Post
Fun to shoot.....their rep comes from people expecting them to shoot like an AR or an M-14. You can spend a wad to make them more accurate , but it is what it is.....just a fun gun to blow rounds. I think the safety reference is the tigger guard style.

X2 800 seems a little high too me. I had several of them and they not an AR as far as accuracy but very reliable and yes 20 or 30 round mags are available for them...
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
It's just a fancy mini-30 and they aren't very accurate

$800 is high

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/i...cPath/36_59_80
man they have some great prices.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Paul View Post
man they have some great prices.
I bought 4 out of my 5 last guns from them
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Just went down to Bass pro.
The guy behind the counter showed me the same gun in 30 cal (ak 47) ammo.
He says he has one and they're good for 150 - 180 yards.
Ammo is a little higher though.
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This is my rifle, got about $1400.00 in it with the sight.Puts my mini-30 to chame. I just added the new front hand guards, $69.00 bucks.
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You might as well get an AR15. Ruger has priced themselves out of the market with their mini line. You might as well get their piston AR.
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I have the ranch mini 14 the only beef I have is getting hi cap magazines. You will pay through the nose for them. Do not be fooled by non ruger hi cap mags your gun will jam. I bought older after ruger hi cap mags but paid a hefty price for 30 round clip around $45 if i remember correctly. don't get suckered in on hi cap mags that aren't ruger or plastic they will not work!
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Conchy, I have owned and been issued several rifles of the .223 caliber. (AR15, mini 14, H&K G36) The mini 14 ranch is a decent rifle but the price is a bit too steep.

What are you planning on doing with it? I built up an AR 15 about 6 months ago and have about $650.00 in it total. If you're interested, I can put one together for you for about the same price.

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Originally Posted by k9medic View Post
Conchy, I have owned and been issued several rifles of the .223 caliber. (AR15, mini 14, H&K G36) The mini 14 ranch is a decent rifle but the price is a bit too steep.

What are you planning on doing with it? I built up an AR 15 about 6 months ago and have about $650.00 in it total. If you're interested, I can put one together for you for about the same price.

k9,
Much appreciate your offer and I will give it some serious thought.
Just an all purpose gun. I really like the fact it's stainless, and I'm likely to take it on the boat more than anything else. Small is good
I'm leaning toward the 30 cal mini.
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Stainless is in fact good. You can get a mini 14 with a side folding stock which will make it more compact.

I am particular to the AR15 series. More options at the end of the day and you can do a simple conversion to a .22 so plinking can be cheap.

FWIW, i looked on gunbroker and came across several for under $650.00
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CONCHY here are both side by side. The mini 14 and the Ranch Rifle are as stated above basically the same rifle. The difference in the older ones at least is the scope mounts or lack of on the original mini14. The mini 14 (black)in the pic is a preban factory folder with a "B" style scope mount added to the gun. I spent some coin on the ring and mount in the reciever and then ended up machining a new mount to put in the reciever because the one I bought had a really sloppy fit. The Ranch (stainless) has the mounts manufactured into the reciever. I have seen the folding stock in stainless (the bar part the rest is synthetic) as well, and the stocks take about 2 minutes to change. The folder would be perfect for boating. Alot of people knock the mini's saying you cant hit a barn with them, But I can shoot 2" groups at 200yds with them all day long. May not be as accurate as my bench rifles, but it will kill what youre aiming at. Also they are almost as reliable as an AK47, meaning if its dirty it will still shoot. AR15s of which I have 3 are generally more accurate but they are some of the most finicky prom queens to shoot, they get dirty and they want to jam. You have to be meticulous almost fanatical on your cleaning. Id go with the Mini 30 as well, they are a lot of fun to shoot.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by nautiduck View Post
I'd go with the Mini 30 as well, they are a lot of fun to shoot.
I'm pretty sure that's the way I'm going to go.
Thanks for all the info nautiduck.
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