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Mini 14 or AR?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by DuneHopper, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    So what are your thoughts :
    Mini 14 or AR platform ?

    Let for argument sake look at both modified and stock.

    Goods bad, ugly, fugly.

    Thanks.

    ( ps how in the heck does one edit the thread topic under tools I see no options?)
     
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  2. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Mini 13..... never heard of it......
     
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Can a Mini really be called a "platform"?
    I kinda think "modular" when it comes to "platform".
    Get both!
     
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  4. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Mini 14?
     
  5. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I don't feel like the Mini 14 is very modular like the AR is, but it's a great rifle.
    Mags are more expensive.

    I had a Mini 14 and maybe it was the stock or mags I had but it wasn't reliable. I know that's not common for a mini, but it burnt me on them.
     
  6. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    More options, and cheaper options, for the AR. But knowing your love for the SKS, I can see why you might be drawn to the Mini-14 ;) Mags for the 14 are definitely more expensive than AR mags (depending on what you buy). And, if the AR doesn't fit you well, you can change it up with a different stock or handguard, not as easy with the 14. All that said, I'd love to add a Mini-14 to my collection some day.
     
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  7. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Maybe he meant Mini-30.... a Mini-13 shoots .222, because it's one less than the Mini-14 that shoots .223.




    :D
     
  8. nammac

    nammac I-5 Corridor - West of Portland Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    If they are being given away, I'll take both... If my hard earned money is funding the acquisition, definitely the AR. More choices to make it exactly what fits your current or perceived needs...

    See, one thing I have learned is to not compromise when it comes to what I want... Especially when it comes to firearms and spouses...

    Many things in life you can compromise on, those two should be non-negotiation zones...
     
  9. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    What do you plan to use the rifle for?

    My vote is AR. I’m enjoying building my own as I go, lots of options for the AR exactly how you want it. I like the mini, but in my opinion it wasn't meant to be modified... not so many options to customize.
     
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  10. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    When I first started, we had some mini-14s and they were junk. Accuracy was poor, parts were expensive, but they appealed to the people in charge who wanted a rifle that felt like a rifle. I get that, but the performance gap isn't worth the look.
     
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  11. eightyeight mag

    eightyeight mag sw wa Active Member

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    Pencil thin barrel does not help mini 14 in the accuracy department.
    Proprietary mags are another strike against it in my book as well.
     
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  12. parallax

    parallax eugene, or-gun Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    for whatever its worth.. I purchased a ruger mini 14 ranch rifle from bimart many, many ,many years ago.. it functioned, but occasionally jammed. the best groups i could shoot at 100 yards, sand bagged, were around 5 inch groups… very disappointing. I got rid of it and purchased my first ar-15- A1 in 1992, it was the commando version with the 11 inch barrel and permanent 5 inch flash hider.. it would shoot 1 to 2 inch groups at hundred yards all day, and never failed to feed.. I still have the commando ar-15 after 20+ years, and am an AR-15 guy now..
     
  13. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine's brother in law acquired a Mini-14.. he loves it. He doesn't think much of the AR15 itself, but prefers the Mini-14.. partly due to the A-team look, and partly due to it looking more like a normal rifle to him than the AR15...

    Although... I would pick the AR15 any day. Cheaper to build, its like Firearms Lego ;)

    If an enterprising company had the money and the will to do so... they would build an American version of the SKS chambered in .223.......
    I know Norinco DID make a run of the SKS in .223 for export markets... I believe a few made their way to Canada.....

    Of course, it would be more expensive than the AR......
     
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  14. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    I'll go mini-30 ahead of the 14.
    That whole "pencil barrel" thing is soooo last month:s0013:
    The modern style (this decade ) Ruger isn't your grandpas mini no more.
    As far as reliable goes, there's not many weapons for the $ that are as reliable.
    Realistic accuracy is an easy deal, pull the trigger on a soup can@100 yards and you'll hit it right out of the box.
    Yes the mags are expensive, but it's about as tough and reliable as an AK, and about twice as durable a colt-AR, and I have had several of both.
    To be honest, I can't see me adding another AR platform to the list anytime soon, but that's just me and to each their own.
     
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  15. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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  16. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Accuracy: AR-15
    Dependability: both
    Simplistic design: Mini-14 (rod operated vs DI/BCG)


    Owned both, would never own another Mini-14 again. I've actually never owned an accurate Mini.. From ones in the early 80's to a current 2013 production model.
     
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  17. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    hahaha ooops
     
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  18. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    The mini 14/30 action is as open to the elements as the M1/M14 action. You'd be amazed how easy they get gummed up by just about anything.
     
  19. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    ya in my defense some Gentlemen Jack was responsible for the typo.
     
  20. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Gees I knew I was going to pay for that typos :)
     
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