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Ruger Mini 14 opinions?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by JUSTIficatioN, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    I'm looking into buying a ruger mini 14, what draws me to them is the durability and reliability even though the round is a little small, but i would like to hopefully get some personal opinions from you guys along with some pro's and con's. thanks for any input you have.
     
  2. feedyourhead

    feedyourhead Salem New Member

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    Great reliable gun by Ruger. Also has a good resale value for when you get bored with it and get an AR :D
     
  3. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    They are a very reliable rifle, and used very well for pounding fence posts too...but their accuracy has something to be greatly desired.
     
  4. DALE

    DALE Boring, Oregon Member

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    I too was considering a "Ranch Rifle", but lately leaning in the direction of an AR. I'll be following this post to see what our more learned members have to say.
     
  5. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I like shooting my Mini-14s a lot more than my ARs.

    The newer ones with tapered barrels are a lot more accurate than the older skinny barreled ones. Even the older ones can be made dramaticly more accurate with some minor tweaking.

    Get a 580 series and you will love it.

    Pick of mine:

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  6. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    There is a guy in Salem that accurizes these things and basically makes a living doing this. Been to his shop, nice clean........long waiting list. But a nice rifle after he's done with it.
     
  7. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I am very well pleased with Mini 14's. I've owned quite a few of them, and they are extremely reliable. They continue to get a bad-rap for accuracy, but my guns never got the message, as they are all decent shooters.

    I've never scoped any of mine, so I don't know what kind of bench-rest accuracy they're capable of, but using the factory aperture sights, I can hit any coyote, skunk, squirrel, or jack rabbit at any distance I can see the animals in the sights.

    The biggest "con" that comes to mind is magazines. I know a lot of folks that shoot Mini's, and we've all given up on after-market magazines. They can be very problematic, and those of us that take our Mini's seriously will use ONLY Ruger-brand magazines. Fortunately, they're now easily available in the 20 and 30-round versions, for much less than they used to be. Up until not long ago, Ruger brand high-cap magazines were very hard to find, and they were expensive.

    WAYNO.
     
  8. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Mini 14: Functional mags cost 50-80 each. .22 conversion kit does not just "drop in". accessories are there but AR has thousands more available. Out of the box acuracy leaves one wanting. I'd go with the AR. The mini is just the gateway drug like the sks is to the AK. Besides the A-Team used the mini which means it's soooooo 80's. You can update an AR. lol. Sorry Danner... Your mini's the exception.
     
  9. CEF1959

    CEF1959 Willamette Valley, Oregon New Member

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    The factory mags are now around $35 for 20 rounders and less than $50 for 30 rounders, and I agree that they are the only ones to bother with. I think Coctailer was selling 30s for $46 on here recently.

    The older Minis with the pencil thin barrels had accuracy issues from what I hear; I've never owned one of those. My newer one does not. The rugged simplicity, which will keep the thing shooting in all conditions regardless of how many rounds since it was last cleaned, appeals to me in the same way that AKs do.
     
  10. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    Bi-Mart is selling the 20 round factory magazines for around $35.00 (I think). Although they will not shoot as accurately as an AR15, they are good enough for what they are made for. A plus is that they have far fewer parts and these parts are very robust. Get a target gun to shoot targets and use your Mini-14 as intended. Mine goes "BANG!" everytime I pull the trigger. Nuff said!
     
  11. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Technically, the AR-15 is sooooooo 60's.:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  12. graydog

    graydog Aloha,Oregon Member

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    Good one!!:thumbup:
     
  13. The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man rural Washington County, Oregon Active Member

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    Spend some time on www.perfectunion.com to learn about Mini-14's. Most people that I have met who bad mouth Mini's have never owned one. I have owned them since the early 1980's and have found them to be robust weapons that go "bang" every time I squeeze the trigger. I had my very own M-16 in the early 70's and have tens of thousands of rounds experience with that platform. While it is undeniably an excellent weapon, I still prefer the Mini-14. If you are a range warrior paper-puncher obsessed with one hole groups, the AR has the edge - at least out of the box. That, however, is a rather inappropriate use of either of these fine weapons. Buy the one that feels right in your hands.
     
  14. fromotoc

    fromotoc Downtown Portland, OR Member

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    They are good guns, as long as you don't pay too much for them. The aftermarket for them is not as good as with AR's. But they are plenty accurate. I like them because I can have something sort of like an m14 for alot less than an m14.
     
  15. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    what about the mini 30? the bigger round is more up my alley, but i've heard it has feeding problems and that if your gonna go with a mini go with the 14.... true?
     
  16. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    I know that I'd love to pick up a Mini-14 or two, at least for those places like Canada and California where my AR isn't legally allowed to join me.
     
  17. fred c. dobbs

    fred c. dobbs salem Active Member

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    who is the guy in Salem, that tunes mini - 14's, please don't keep such secrets.
     
  18. Vstromvoyager

    Vstromvoyager Keizer Member

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    The guy in Salem is John and his web site is www.greatwestgunsmithing.com/ . He goes by gundoc on perfectunion. My mini is a great gun no mater what sheepdog says! :bluelaugh: And like everyone say the AR is a good weapon and easy to add "stuff" to, but you can not go wrong with a Mini14.
    Dan
     
  19. Logical1

    Logical1 southeast portland, OR Member

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    the new mini-14's a dependable and accurate platform, I think if we all put accesories aside. the mini-14 is just as good as some of the carbine AR models and you can put way more rounds down the barrel without cleaning before failure. but I still love my AR's more :D
     
  20. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hey coctailer, how's that barrel stabilizer working out for you, improve the MOA, worth the money ???