My wife has the Romeo 5 on her S&W 15-22 she keeps in the closet. Mostly for the shake awake. Works very well.
Romeo 5 is a great RDS for the money.Well, I ended up ordering a Sig Sauer Romeo 5, which is a 2 MOA, I think. Primarily because of a few of its features, like auto-wakeup, etc. I'll see how I like it. As I've said, I don't expect this to be a long range accuracy weapon. If I can nail 200 yard targets with reasonable accuracy, I'm good with it.
I will. Thanks for the suggestion. It is pretty ugly.Nice Jekyl !
Consider replacing the Ruger handguard with a Choate. Everything else about your Mini-30 is great, but the eyes are drawn to that fugly handguard. When I get a new Mini and replace the factory handguard with the Ultimak, the factory guard goes right in the trash.
Plus the Choate provides better cooling.
Looking forward to the range report.
Yeah, after I held it and sighted a bit with it, I agree with you, it was too high. It came with a 'low' mount included. I put that on and like it a lot better. It's much closer to the iron sight level. Apparently Sig got the message.All sorts of optics available. Strongly suggest selecting optics which don't require a "chin-weld" or a cheek-riser.
Optic in above Pix is way too high for a decent cheek weld. Sorry to say it, but it's true.
I made same mistake in the past; you're not the first.
I won't lie to either of us in saying otherwise.
Looks good. Welcome to the Ruger M-30 club. I agree about getting a Choate handguard, but I keep my original around in case I need to get things back to a semi-sorta factory configuration for some reason. I also have a wood handguard just to have. So many options... your fun and good times with the Mini has just begun.Got my mini 30 today. Getting it dressed up and ready to shoot.
It was tight, but I'd prefer it tight to loose. It went on without a lot of force. Looks fantastic. Props to Choate and crew! [Edit: Oh, and it was shipped and received REALLY quickly, which is appreciated. I ordered it on Tuesday and rec'd it USPS on Thursday. Can't complain about that]Was your Choate good as far as cosmetics ? A guy a while back got one and said it had flashing sticking out all the seams that he had to trim off. Maybe they had a brief lax period with their QC.
I have found that the front lip is too thick on a few I have purchased. Makes install tight or impossible. I had take a fine file and make a few passes around the top area of the lip, keeping it even. Slid right in after that.It was tight, but I'd prefer it tight to loose. It went on without a lot of force. Looks fantastic. Props to Choate and crew! [Edit: Oh, and it was shipped and received REALLY quickly, which is appreciated. I ordered it on Tuesday and rec'd it USPS on Thursday. Can't complain about that]
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Here is information from somebody who owns an older Mini 30 and actually uses it for hunting Kentucky size deer.
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Mine is scoped with a 1x-4x-32mm. I put a folder on, but the standard wood stock was just fine. The Bushnell optic has been on mine since the late 80s. You will see it has a 5 round mag in it so I can lay it on my coat on my stand’s shooting rail.
My Mini is about a 2.5 moa example with Herters soft point lead bullets in steel cases. I have also used Winchester brass hunting. For fun shooting I use 20 round mags and any 7.62x39 ammo. All the steel I have tried goes bang. I have killed many does with it inside 125 yards. I use it AFTER I have tagged my buck.
My primary rifle is an M77 Mk II in 30-06. My bolt gun has a 3.5x-10x-40 Leupold VX-3i. It does MUCH better between 125- and 300-yards.
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I always want my bolt gun for the first deer. If it’s close, great. If it’s far, I don’t have to cross my fingers hoping that I can hit it and have enough remaining energy to break down a big animal.
Some of our Kentucky deer need more caliber to be impressed.
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The Mini 30 is fun to doe hunt with; however, I have never needed more than 2 rounds. If it’s not obvious, I would use my bolt if I can only pick one.
Thanks for the link, and the info on the KCI mags. I'll be on the lookout for some. Mags are like ribeye steaks...never can have too many.Ruger : Lanbo's Armory, Firearms - Ammo - Accessories (lanbosarmory.com)
If you ever run across any KCI 30 round mags for sale, buy them. All of them....
KCIs are built like AK mags, solid as a tank. They lock in tight with less wiggle than Ruger mags. You can rest the mag on something and it still feeds fine.
The CA stripper clip guide is pretty stout, and I have not observed any flex in using it on my 186 series Mini. If there is any gap between the stripper clip and the top of the receiver, a thin shim of metal or hard plastic can be glued to the stripper clip guide to fill the gap.I have no issue filling up the few mags I shoot every month by hand.
If I have to load a bunch, and in somewhat of a rush, stripper clips for our Mini ammo and guides for the receiver or magazines would be the way to go.
I keep all my SST handloads and Silver Bear loaded up on stripper clips. Around 650 rounds. Clips used are the good Russian SKS ones, not the modern NC Star ones.
And have a stripper guide (mag loader) for my mags.
If I had the newer receivers, I'd get the Cogburn one that mounts on top in the pic rail holes so you could strip right into the inserted mag. They do make a guide for the older Minis, it mounts into the bolt stop plate.
Not as great, but should still do the job.
Stripper Clip Guides – Cogburn Arsenal
Edit.... I hadn't looked at the model that replaces the bolt stop plate in a few years, and was thinking it just "floats" where it needs to be. Looking closer at the pic, it straddles the back scope base on the older Ranch rifles. Should make it pretty solid, its sure not going to flex when you shove a stripper clip down.
Think I need to order two of them.
Mini-30 Clip Guide 581 and Lower – Cogburn Arsenal