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Old November 19, 2008, 09:03 AM   #1
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Best Ammo for a Ruger Mini-30

Okay, I've read hundreds of comments in this and other blogs about whether or not the Mini-30 can shoot Wolf ammo. Well, yesterday I actually talked to a gunsmith who has been doing this for a great deal of time.

He told me that he won't shoot Wolf ammo because in essense, it just gunks up the gun and it is dirty. He also alluded to the firing pin issue. He said that if I shoot good quality ammo then I could literally only have to clean the gun once every 2 years. bad ammo = different firing pin + very routine cleaning.

He mentioned Winchester and Remington who both make 7.62x39. But geez, it is expensive.

Does anyone else have any suggestions related to what ammo I should use?


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Old November 19, 2008, 09:16 AM   #2
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O.K., I won't discuss how "sucky" that Mini is, but would opine that present-day Wolf won't gunk up your Mini 30 like the old, lacquer-coated Wolf did. I would further opine that the Wolf ammo, regardless of generation, would be at least as good as the rifle in which you intend to fire it.
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Old November 19, 2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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Old November 19, 2008, 11:24 AM   #4
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I did have a Mini-30 for a while and shot wolf out of it. I did have a problem with the wolf not firing at times. Just a click until I fed it in again. There would be a dent in the primer but it would not fire the first time about every third or fourth round. Not sure if it was the ammo or the gun but I did get rid of it. I cleaned the gun and tryed again, still the same problem. Might have been just that gun or the order of Wolf I had. I had a Mini-14 that handled the Wolf .223 just fine so I sold the Mini-30 and stayed with the Mini-14. Still got the Mini-14 and like shooting it. Then again it was worked over and shoots a good 1 to 1.5 MOA easy. Might do better if I was a better shot...LOL
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Old November 19, 2008, 11:26 AM   #5
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I once had a Mini-30 and reloaded 125 and 130 grain SP's with 26 grains of RL-7. 2 1/2 to 4" groups was about the best I could get. I killed deer with it, but it was a marginal deer round. I traded it for a 40 year old Winchester 100 carbine in .308 Win. Significant improvement!
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Old November 19, 2008, 12:08 PM   #6
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There's some chinese, Norinco, ammo out there but it is harder to find than the Wolf - it shoots well through my two (2) Mini-30's. I've been thinking about trying out some of the Silver Bear because it has a nickel case:
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Old November 19, 2008, 02:18 PM   #7
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I wouldn't hesitate to use any surplus ammo.
Just make sure you wash the corrosive salts out of the barrel.
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Old November 19, 2008, 03:26 PM   #8
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But how about the gas tube area etc? This is quite different than cleaning only the bore on a bolt-action gun.

The only surplus corrosive x39 I've ever seen for sale on the Internet is sold by Samco, and their prices were about the same as elsewhere.

They say nothing about whether it is or is not corrosive, therefore I decided to never buy their products.
A number of Yugo AKs were damaged after using this ammo in the war.
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Old November 19, 2008, 04:06 PM   #9
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I've had my Mini 30 stainless for about 7 or 8 years now and have been shooting Wolf 154 grain soft points ever since. With an inexpensive 3x9x40 scope on it, I hold 1 1/2 to 2" groups at 100 yards. The Wolf ammo never gave me any problems. With the polymer coating on the shells, fouling is not an issue. I will generally shoot about 300 to 500 rounds each time I go to the range. Afterwards, I just clean it, and put it away for the next time.
If you want to shoot good stuff, try Corbon's 150 grain soft point. It's hotter than Wolf and very accurate in the right rifle.

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Old November 19, 2008, 07:52 PM   #10
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I like Golden Tiger for my Saiga, if that helps any. It seems to be more reliable and easier to pop the primers. I've had hard primer issues with Wolf in my CZ carbine.
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Old November 19, 2008, 08:49 PM   #11
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for hunting i use the Cor-Bon. for target Lapua. i wouldn't call either cheap but neither is the rifle. i get good accuracy & performance from both.
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Old November 20, 2008, 02:43 AM   #12
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well i have a mini-30 and i only use brassed cased american made ammo ,yeah its more money but the way wolf tears up firingpins and extracters no thanks , now in no way am i bad mouthing wolf its great ammo in my ak and sks ,but commie ammo is great in commie guns....hey check out great deal on winchester brass cased .
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