Tell me about the Mini 14
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December 17th, 2011 11:21 AM
I have one of the new series Mini's and I really enjoy shooting it. I actually like the iron sights on it but I ended up putting a Redfield 3-9x40mm on it. I'm not the open sight marksman I used to be in my youth... The accuracy is fine for what it is, but if you are going to expect sub-MOA performance, then it's not going to be the rifle for you. There are a number of aftermarket solutions to improve accuracy; from having a trigger job done to an Accustrut barrel stabilizer. I'm not sure that any of them are necessary to enjoy the Mini, but some will probably help if group size matters to you. I've toyed with doing the trigger job myself. GunDoc has a Youtube how to video on it. It hasn't been a pressing desire but I can see how a smoother trigger action would help out my accuracy.
The mags are pricey, but if you shop around you can pick 'em up for a decent price. I think I paid $20 each for some 20-rounders from Hoffman's a while back. I also second the idea of staying away from the 3rd party mags; performance is just too iffy from most of them.
Overall, I'm glad that I gave in to my Mini obsession and picked one up. It's a fun rifle and I have always loved the look of the Garand style rifle.
December 17th, 2011 12:48 PM
I have a target model with the Hogue overmolded rubberized stock. Haven't shot it much, but I consider the accuracy acceptable considering my eyes aren't what they used to be. I traded a S&W .32 mag model 18 that I hadn't shot in several years (use to use it for Field Pistol IHMSA Silhouette shooting) to a friend who had the Mini 14 along with a couple of AR type rifles. He had purchased the Mini new, but never fired it! I carried an M1, then an M14 when I was in the army back in the early 60's, so I like the similarity of the Mini 14. It has a Tasco red dot 1X optic sight mounted on it, and is plenty accurate for my purposes.
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December 17th, 2011 12:51 PM
Clarification - appreciated. I'm not up to speed on the new models - only what I heard VIA grapevine talk.
Originally Posted by buckeye .45
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December 17th, 2011 02:22 PM
I had a mini 14 (ranch rifle) a few years back, and I liked it very much. I bought it as a back up SHTF type, and also used it for coyote hunting. Whom ever said its no good after a hundred was spot on. Inside a hundred, it was pretty decent. Nobody was going to with a biathlon with one, but it did what it was supposed to do. I did add a Williams peep sight to the rear, and that helped a lot. It fed any kinda garbage ammo I gave it, it also did well on the better stuff too.
Then the magazines... good lord, those were expensive. I had it during the AWB, and finding a Ruger magazine was tough. And when you did, you paid for it. Ultimately, that is what lead me to sell the rifle. I switched to an AR to coyote hunt with, and never looked back. But, I still wouldn't mind having another if the right opportunity came along.
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December 17th, 2011 02:40 PM
if you scope it, take the Hi-rise option on rings...standard will dent up your scope tube...
December 17th, 2011 03:01 PM
6.8SPC as an Option
I don't see where anybody has mentioned 6.8SPC. I have a Ranch model Mini in 6.8SPC caliber, instead of .223. I'm in California and always lusted over a Mini, when I read about their new offering in this newer caliber I decided to get that, and later build an AR (which I have now done).
To read up about 6.8, I suggest the 68Forums.
December 17th, 2011 05:47 PM
hard to find mags
over priced mags
lack of after market parts..
buy a AR
December 17th, 2011 07:24 PM
I have one of the later production models made with the heavier barrel blank. Shortly afterward, ATI came out with a folding pistol grip stock, so I switched over to one. Next was an Amega scout optics rail that goes in place of the handguard. You can see one here: Amega Mounts Home page The optics rail really stiffens up the barrel, along with providing a mount for a forward optic. With a 1x red dot scope on mine, I can get 1.5 MOA off a bipod.
I agree on sticking with Ruger magazines for the Mini-14. They are 100 percent reliable. I tried the cheaper aftermarket ones, and they have issues.
December 17th, 2011 07:34 PM
Got that covered. I have a Marlin 336 that I have owned for years and taken many deer with over the years.
Originally Posted by 10thmtn
Well, there's no chance I'll be trading or selling the AR for the Mini. My wife told me there was no way I am selling or trading the AR. Period. So, that is that.
Originally Posted by buckeye .45
I already have an AR. I want to add the Mini.
Originally Posted by Ring
Thanks for all the reply's everyone.
December 17th, 2011 08:34 PM
Fairly New from Choate Machine & Tool.
Mini 14 M4 Telescoping Pistol Grip Stock
We've taken our Mini 14 Pistol Grip stock and added our telescoping M4 stock!!! We used a steel adapter housing to allow the M4 stock to be attached to the Mini 14 pistol grip stock. This stock offers the most versatile length of pull you will find. It will go from youth to adults length of pull with just a pull on the stock!!!
December 17th, 2011 09:34 PM
What a wife! Just like mine, but that is special! Woo Hoo!
My wife told me there was no way I am selling or trading the AR.
The Mini 14 will get fewer looks from the "other" crowd too.
December 23rd, 2011 12:50 PM
I have a 581 series tactical version. I think this model solves many of the problems that some have with the mini 14-- not being able to add attachments. it comes equipped with a long top rail, and three shorter rails on the sides and bottom. this makes it possible to attach red dot sights, laser, light, and fore-grip.... what else could you need. I have only added the fore-grip and don't plan on any of the other attachments, but is nice to have options. Additionally, the tactical version has a pistol grip and folding stock. i prefer this style of grip over the traditional rifle stock and the folding capability is nice for several reasons. When i purchased the rifle it had an additional rail that attaches to scalloped sight ring detents which allows the addition of a scope. i found that the cheek relief is a little high and i'll need to purchase a cheek riser in order to use the scope effectively. i prefer iron sights anyway.
i my research for my first rifle i considered an AR but found the cost to be prohibitive- i didn't want to buy a low quality AR just so i could say i had one. I also thought about an AK but found too many warnings about terrible brands, only buying from certain countries, and never really knowing what you're gonna get without being a gun nut (no offense intended). Ruger offers a variety of models that should be able to suit most shooters.
the dependability associated with a tested design was attractive.
chambered in .223-- a widely available calibre.
affordability a plus--i got mine with the scope,rail, iron sights, fore-grip, (2) 30 round magazines and a sling for under $700.
accurate enough-- i hold 2 1/2 inch groups at 100 yds
i think this rifle will serve most people's purposes without breaking the bank and its a fun gun to shoot.
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December 23rd, 2011 03:40 PM
I own both an AR and a newer 581 series mini. The mini is a no-holds barred, will go bang every time rifle. Not accurrate by any stretch, but it is combat accurate in that torso hits are very doable, no problem. I can get 3 - 4" groups at 100 yards with standard sights and older eyes. Mine has never jammed, nor misfed a round. Neither has my AR for that matter.
I like the stock, the feel, and the platform of the Mini-14. It is a solid, well built working rifle.
Having said all that, for SHTF issues, I'll grab the Marlin 30-30 without giving it a second thought.
December 25th, 2011 05:16 PM
Well, I've got an AR, got an AK, got a Marlin model 336 30-30 lever gun plus a few .22lr rifles, if I get a Mini 14 that should round out our SHTF rifle group pretty well. Of course that doesn't mean it will stop me and the wife from wanting some more things.
Originally Posted by ctr
December 26th, 2011 02:28 PM
That is because firearms ownership is a journey, not a destination. More toys = more fun.
Originally Posted by TN_Mike
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