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This is a discussion on Mini 14 within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I know there are many mini 14 haters out there, but I just thought I would share my experience with my new tactical model. Out ...

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    Mini 14

    I know there are many mini 14 haters out there, but I just thought I would share my experience with my new tactical model. Out of the box I cleaned it, and lubed it to a very minimal level. I left it almost dry. On Monday, I went to the range with 210 rounds. 140 rounds were Wolf that I purchased in 2006. 20 rounds were Tula. The rest were some brand of remanufactured ammo. This was the only brass cased ammo I used that day. Well, I had zero malfunctions, nothing. I was very pleased. I didnít shoot if for groups because the range I was using is only 25 yards. I was breaking clays that were missed by shot gunners at that range. Overall I couldnít be happier with this little carbine. When I get some more cash and time, I will take it out with a scope and some good ammo and shoot it for groups at 100 yards. I am expecting it to be a 2-3 MOA gun, and thatís good enough for what it is. I will post the results at some future date.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmorgan View Post
    I am expecting it to be a 2-3 MOA gun, and that’s good enough for what it is. I will post the results at some future date.
    My guess is you will be pleasantly surprised. My regular "580" range rifle shoots that well - it will consistently ring the 6" gong at 200 yards. Let us know how your target rifle works out.
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    It's the tactical, not the target. But yes I will let you all know.

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    I have one I bought in the 1980s a 182 series, great little rifle and fun to shoot and quite accurate. The only problem I have encountered is most aftermarket mags are not very reliable in mine but Ruger mags work perfectaly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I have one I bought in the 1980s a 182 series, great little rifle and fun to shoot and quite accurate. The only problem I have encountered is most aftermarket mags are not very reliable in mine but Ruger mags work perfectaly.
    I will stick with Ruger mags, they cost a bit, but I can live with the prices I have seen on CDNN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmorgan View Post
    I will stick with Ruger mags, they cost a bit, but I can live with the prices I have seen on CDNN.
    Keep an eye on Ruger's website, a while back they had a sale on 20 round mags for $19.95, picked up a bunch at that price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Keep an eye on Ruger's website, a while back they had a sale on 20 round mags for $19.95, picked up a bunch at that price.
    Wow, will do, thanks for the tip!

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    The mini-14 always got a bad rap. Yes, it can't compete with a good AR in the accuracy department, but neither can an AK.... yet we don't see much bashing on the AK for it. The mini is a good rifle for its intended purpose as is the AK or AR.
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    I have an old school 1978 ranch rifle converted to a-team style. I like it.

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    I've always thought the Mini-14 was a very smooth shooting rifle, much more so than an AK or AR. That recoil system was designed for much more powerful rounds, and I have always found that with .223, even on rapid fire, it does a very good job of negating recoil, and staying on target.

    And they are plenty "combat accurate" if the operator knows what they are doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    The mini-14 always got a bad rap. Yes, it can't compete with a good AR in the accuracy department, but neither can an AK.... yet we don't see much bashing on the AK for it. The mini is a good rifle for its intended purpose as is the AK or AR.
    I agree, I am fine with the accuracy. I'm not and never will be a benchrest shooter, but the mini will do fine at Outbreak Omega this summer!

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    Hey, folks, as it happens, I've fell into a bunch of 20 and 30 round Ruger mags for the Mini-14. As a "hater" (had a lemon in the 80s, and just don't see any need at all to ever get another considering I have several ARs), I won't ever be using them. They are all in very good shape, all Ruger manufacture, all black. That's about all I know of them at the moment, as I haven't had a chance to really inspect them. If any of your Mini shooters are interested, I could put them up for sale at very reasonable prices.
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    I believe that the mini-14 has traditionally been a 3 MOA shooter. Which is unacceptable for some folks. I guess it all depends on your intended use.

    All that I can say is +1 Sixto
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    With a scope, I get sub-2 MOA at 100 yards with a hot barrel and cheap ammo with mine. I had an M16 in the Army, and I had a Saiga AK that I sold off due to poor reliability. I'll take the Mini 14 any day.
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    I put an Amegaranges forward optics rail on my Mini-14. It really helps stiffen up the barrel along with giving you somewhere to put a forward optic. I also put in a smaller gas port bushing to keep from throwing brass so far. I get 2 MOA easily with a 1X red dot off a bipod. The receiver stays much, much cleaner than an AR.

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