Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Model

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    Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Model

    HI everyone,

    In the process of getting my first rifle! Excited, to be sure :)

    A buddy of mine wants to trade my Shield M&P9 with a Crossbreed Supertuck and 1 box of 50 Gold Dots for his Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle. I have two Shields, so I feel like it's a good trade (I randomly saw one at a Cabela's and decided I needed two, then realized I really don't lol). I would be using for plinking, home defense, SHTF, and hunting small game, up to, but not including Mulies and White Tails. You know, hogs, coyotes, ground squirrels, rabbits, etc.

    Being new to rifles, I'm looking for a rifle that is reliable and easy to maintain, with good accuracy out to about 150-200 yards. Also if push comes to shove, would the Mini 14 serve as a good home-protection rifle for SHTF?

    Please share your experiences and input. I welcome your thoughts.

    Thank you

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    Some states don't allow 223 for hunting deer,I have a mini 30,the 30 caliber brother to the mini 14 it shoots 7.62x39 when I bought it 1000 rounds of ammo was only $70.00.I've shot targets and deer and the deer I've hit went down DRT.If its the mini 14 ranch it comes with scope rings to mount a scope,and it sounds like it's not a bad deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazinga View Post
    Being new to rifles, I'm looking for a rifle that is reliable and easy to maintain, with good accuracy out to about 150-200 yards. Also if push comes to shove, would the Mini 14 serve as a good home-protection rifle for SHTF?

    Please share your experiences and input. I welcome your thoughts.

    Thank you
    Supposed to be very reliable and accuracy is supposed to be decent, no idea about 200 yards tho. This is just what I heard on the forums, like you I have no experience with rifles.

    I think mini 14s are ~800 new, shields are... ~400-450+~$70 holster? Seems like quite a good deal to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burns View Post
    I think mini 14s are ~800 new, shields are... ~400-450+~$70 holster?
    More like ~$650-700, but still a good deal. If it's the newer-production 580-series, I say "go for it!"
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    I am not a hunter but I would think that accuracy would be paramount for the activity. Even more so for smaller stuff like hogs and rabbits. If that's the case then the mini 14 platform probably is not the way you want to go. It's a good gun for plinking and defense of ones property but in my opinion it falls short in the precision category.
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    Mini-14: The good---inexpensive, reliable, fun to shoot. The bad----older models tend to not be all that accurate--ok for man-sized targets, smaller targets at distance--not so hot. The Ugly If you find yourself wanting to eventually do things like adding a red dot sight or light to it, etc: without the picctinny rail system, its really hard to add those accessories.

    My wife has a Ranch rifle--she enjoys shooting it. I bought an AR with rail system primarily for the ease with which to add a Red dot sight to assist my aging eyes..........
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    rabbits with a 223?... I hope you don't plan on eating them because there won't be much left.


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    Hey Fella's

    I have two Mini's. It is a bit of a chore adding some goodies. I have a scout scope mounted forward on one, and one I keep with iron sights. Some insight into the rifle... It's not made to be a sniper sooper shooter. It's not made to be a rugged military main battle rifle. It's not intended to be a survival rifle in a SHTF situation. I dont think it was intended to be a 1000 yard buck taker. But if need be it can do all the above. It is a good reliable all round gun... And keep in mind that it is a carbine. A ranch rifle, or a camp rifle is the best description I can give it. I swear by mine.

    I will warn you though... there is a side effect. You may want to get a nice revolver with wood furniture, or a nice black service sized pistol to go with it.

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    Converted one with an ATI folding stock, all the rails I need on the forward now and a lot more compact. Love it.
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    OP, I think a Mini 14 would be a great first rifle. Your needs are exactly what the Mini 14 ranch is all about. Go for it.
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    It's a trade I would take in a heartbeat.

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    On the older Mini-14 rifles - accuracy falls off as the barrel heats up. Not really an issue if using it for hunting purposes where you'll usually not be popping off 30+ rounds at a deer.
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    get an accu-strut and it will do better early models had a lot of barrel whip

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    Mine was a series 180.
    Peep sights and young eyes and it shot very well indeed out to 125 yards.
    It was my cruiser carbine in years to follow and it never once failed me.
    My best friend had a mini-30 ranch and swore by it.
    Said his shot best with surplus communist ammo and not American factory rounds.
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    Looking more and more like a better trade, the more I look at it.
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