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Old May 14, 2013, 12:33 AM   #1
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Mini-30

I would like to put a compact scope on my mini30, however it appears that if I put a rail on it, I won't be able to get the bolt out. Is this true? Does anyone know what king of high profile scope rings would work, where they would attach directly to the receiver, but yet me use the iron sights? I'm very ignorant with with this rifle. I just purchased it and have much to learn.
Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old May 14, 2013, 04:01 AM   #2
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Someone correct me if i'm wrong, but I do believe the only style rings you can use is from Ruger. Idk if the even make see-thru rings or not. I'm certain that you should be able to pull the bolt with the scope mounted.
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Old May 14, 2013, 06:49 AM   #3
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So you must not have a Ranch rifle, right? If you bolt a rail over the top of the receiver then you cannot take out the bolt without taking off the rail.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/329...-mini-14-gloss

This will probably work on your rifle. I have one on my 14 and works fine.
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Old May 14, 2013, 11:26 AM   #4
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I was told it WAS a ranch rifle from the person I bought it from. Is there a way to tell? First three digits 196 of serial number. manufacture between 2001 and 2002. Does this part allow the use of the iron sights, and bolt can be removed with no problem?
Note: I just wrote the person I bought it off of to verify it is a ranch rifle!

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Old May 14, 2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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Ranch rifles have built in ring mounts for Ruger's special rings. Easy to spot. I'm sure you can ask Ruger by referencing the serial number. If it has those mounts, the bolt comes out easily when you take the scope off. When you mentioned the rail I assumed it wasn't a ranch model.
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Old May 14, 2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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Yes, It is a Ranch rifle. It has the clam shaped slots on both ends of the bolt. The problem is I don't want to have to remove the scope to clean the rifle. I want it high enough to pull the bolt AND still see through the iron sights.
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Old May 14, 2013, 05:07 PM   #7
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You should try taking the scope off and and see if it returns to zero. My bet is that it will. Higher rings will really screw with you chin weld. How often to you need to remove the bolt anyway. I think I've taken my Mini 14's bolt out 3-4 times in 30 years. I took the Mini 30's out once just to do it. My opinion anyway.
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Old May 14, 2013, 07:56 PM   #8
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I don't have a scope on it at the present. That's what I'm doing here. Seeing what my options are. I don't want to waste good money on things I won't be happy with. Thanks
for your help.
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Old May 15, 2013, 01:46 AM   #9
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forget it

Find a set of Ruger rings and a low powered Leupold, put it on the rifle, and forget the iron sights. It won't hurt to zero the irons for "just in case", but you likely won't need them with a good scope. See throughs were popular in the days of unreliable optics, my Dad liked them, but a modern scope of good quality is plenty tough.

Mini's are notorious for tearing up scopes due to their slam bang action, so go with a good one like a Leupold, and I'd go with a fixed power to boot, fewer parts. You don't need much X power with the 7.62-39mm ctg.

Pulling the bolt on your rifle for routine cleaning is likely not really necessary. Dropping the trigger group and pulling the action from the stock allows lots of access to internals, enough to keep the rifle running fine in my experience. Some folks complain of a shifting zero when doing this, but I've not seen it in mine.

I'm a big fan of the Mini-30, hunt mine for whitetails routinely.
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Old May 15, 2013, 11:05 AM   #10
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I used the B-Square mount on my four early-model Mini-14s, with an old Weaver K-4. Never had to remove the bolt. Never had scope troubles. Always worked fine on jackrabbits, coyotes and tin cans.

IOW, seems to me that folks worry too much and overthink the deal.
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Old May 21, 2013, 09:42 PM   #11
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Art,
I'm not trying to over think OR worry. That's why I posted to begin with. I have little experience with the mini's and wanted ideas.

I have looked, and looked for Ruger rings but can't find them. This is as close as I could find. Think these will work? I wrote the seller and he say's that they WILL fit!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Scope-Ri...:X:AAQ:US:1123
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Old May 21, 2013, 09:55 PM   #12
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I'm not trying to over think OR worry. That's why I posted to begin with. I have little experience with the mini's and wanted ideas.

I have looked, and looked for Ruger rings but can't find them. This is as close as I could find. Think these will work? I wrote the seller and he say's that they WILL fit!
menotseeu, contact Ruger CS, they would be more than happy to send you scope mounts for your mini-30 at little or no charge to you.
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Old May 21, 2013, 10:38 PM   #13
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menotseeu, contact Ruger CS, they would be more than happy to send you scope mounts for your mini-30 at little or no charge to you.
Thank-you..I will do that! Much appreciated.
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Old May 27, 2013, 02:03 AM   #14
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menotseeu, contact Ruger CS, they would be more than happy to send you scope mounts for your mini-30 at little or no charge to you.
Thank-you..I will do that! Much appreciated.
did you contact ruger yet menotseeu?, let us know how it goes/went.
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