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Old December 12, 2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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580 mini-14 stock query

Hello:

I tried to swap out my tactical stock for a standard stock on my 580-series Ruger mini-14 today and it didn't want to fit - almost did but not quite. Do the new mini-14s require a special stock to fit (i.e. any pre-2005 stock won't do)??

Does anyone know of a good source for Ruger factory mini-14 stocks (plastic)?
Everyone seems to be out at present.

Thanks

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Old December 12, 2012, 09:00 AM   #2
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I bought two minis a few years ago. A standard walmart model that had a nice wood stock, and a "tactical" model with the black plastic one. I swapped the stocks no problem. I haven't owned a pre-580 mini, so I couldn't tell you if the earlier furniture fits.
Wood stock on the Tac model is, imo, the best looking and shooting. Good luck!
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Old December 12, 2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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You will need a newer stock for a drop in fit. You might be able to get away with modifying a pre 580 series stock to fit a 580 rifle but I'm not positive and I can't remember off hand what else was changed in the rifle other than the barrel profile. Try e-bay for a newer stock, you might be able to find a take off on there.

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Old December 12, 2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Or you can spend $500 on a SCAR stock from clyde armory ! I want one so bad but the wife would beat me like the dog that I am! Check out Numrich they usually have the stock your looking for
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Old December 13, 2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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Isn't the new barrel contoured differently (thicker) on the newer ones?
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Old December 14, 2012, 09:35 PM   #6
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Yes the heavier barrel profile started in the 580 series. Some 580 series rifles were built with left over lightweight barrels though all the 581 and up rifles have the heavier barrel profile.

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Old December 14, 2012, 09:53 PM   #7
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how can you tell the different models, is it in the serial #'s?
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Old December 15, 2012, 02:51 PM   #8
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Yes the first 3 digits of the serial number is the series #. In example mine is a 581 series, so the serial is 581-732XX.

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Old December 15, 2012, 03:28 PM   #9
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Have you tried eBay or the local gun classifieds? Plenty of people out there swap stocks and sell their factory units.
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