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Pre Ban Series 183 Mini 14/Whats it worth?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by betobeto, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. betobeto

    betobeto New Member

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    Whats a pre ban series 183, blued Ruger Mini 14 with a factory folding stock in excellent condition worth?
     
  2. terraformer

    terraformer NES Member

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    On series 183, I don't believe there were any factory folding stocks. Only on series 180s were they really factory folders. You can tell a fake factory folder from the gas block. The sling clip will be at the bottom instead of the left side. Granted, someone could have easily replaced it, but very rarely do they. Also, call ruger with the serial number and you can get them to tell you if it was a from the factory folder. A pre-ban 183 is likely worth $800-900. Although I just picked on up a 182 for $400 but it was in bad condition. A pre-ban factory 180 folder is usually about $1500. But it is really worth what someone will pay in the end and there could be some premium for a forgery, since it may be nice to have a factory folder stock on any mini-14.
     
  3. betobeto

    betobeto New Member

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    Thanks for the info. The stock is correct for a factory folder, now I just need to find if it was suposed to be on that gun. Thanks for the help.
     
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    terraformer NES Member

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    Just to be clear, the folding stock is probably a ruger stock. The gas block is separate and people don't swap the gas block when they swap the stock. The sling mount is on the left side on the folder, so it should be on the left side of the gas block on stuff that left the factory but on most rifles where the stock was swapped, the sling mount is under the gas block, which is in line with where it is on a fixed stock rifle. That's one preliminary way of determining a stock swap.
     
  5. betobeto

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    I'll check. I now understand what you where saying.
     
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    Ok, they are both on the left side.....
     
  7. terraformer

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    Call the factory then. If it is a stock swap, it is likely a thorough one and the best means is to check the serial number with Ruger.
     

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