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    When you buy a dud

    Just wondering if a dud rifle's covered by the consumer guarantee act. A semi auto I bought less than a year ago has suddenly gone from minute of meat groupings to total shit and won't hold zero. When I pulled it apart it looks like parts have been scraping other parts. I've emailed the distributor but just wondering if any one else has been in the same situation?

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    What is the rifle?
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    Mini 30

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    My understanding is that the Consumers Guarantee Act applies to everything purchased from a retailer/dealer. Cant see why a firearm should be exempt
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    Simply my opinion - If what you say is correct then the item has likely failed due to faulty manufacture/materials. Not due to use or abuse.

    Even the most meagre of warranties should cover that, especially failing in less than a year..

    The CGA applies to anything you buy, really, and states something along the lines of goods must be fit for purpose and must last a reasonable period of time. For something like a rifle, excluding being shot out, a year is nowhere near a reasonable period of time!

    The difficulty may be in proving that it was actually faulty and if that caused the failure.
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    Its a Ruger, so if the NZ distributor gives you grief, go straight to head office in the USA.
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    Have you checked the rings, mounts & tried another known scope ?

    Real dumb stuff can happen in that area even with "good" brands....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Greg View Post
    Have you checked the rings, mounts & tried another known scope ?

    Real dumb stuff can happen in that area even with "good" brands....
    Yeah checked all that then took them off and had the same problem with opens. I zeroed the opens before I bought the scope too.
    Spose I'll just have to wait to see what the distributer comes back with.

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    I thought the Mini 14/30s had a reputation for being tough on scopes, hence many owners put an aftermarket recoil buffer in, but as you say, the irons are all over the place too.
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    A rifle does not suddenly 'go bad' without good reason. The most common cause of such complaints is barrel damage, usually at the muzzle. A drop of rain in the muzzle can cause a bulge when fired, and it is very difficult to detect without a set of bore gauges that go up in 1/4 thou (.00025") increments. A mild muzzle bulge will open groups up to the stage that are no longer 'groups' at all. Your rifle needs to be checked out by a competent gunsmith before you rush off to the agents and make a fool of yourself. Such problems can be cheaply corrected with minor shortening and recrowning. Factory warranties, and consumer protection laws, do not cover such problems.

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    That's good advice I'm not familiar with those rugers one thing I'd look at when a rifle of mine did a similar thing would be how the barrel is held into the receiver the barrel came loose on mine it was barely detectable

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    A trip to a gunsmith is in order but I'll wait to hear back from the distributer. May as well send it to one approved so to speak.

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    Yeah I wouldn't be having it chopped before you have talked to the distributor, if it was open for a refund or replacement it wouldn't be after a chop and recrown
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nibblet View Post
    Yeah I wouldn't be having it chopped before you have talked to the distributor, if it was open for a refund or replacement it wouldn't be after a chop and recrown
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    Thinking along these lines what if you marry a dud - does the "Consumers Guarantees Act " apply Can we return to place of purchase i.e. the motherinlaw? Sorry it's not performing like it should! high maintenance costs? Needs body work done!
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