This is a discussion on What your thoughts on the Ruger Mini's ??? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I just watched Nutnfancy's review of the mini 14 and he liked them a lot. He said he could get 2-3 moa from the new ...
I just watched Nutnfancy's review of the mini 14 and he liked them a lot. He said he could get 2-3 moa from the new ones. I don't know about prices these days, but if you could find one for 700 (they are listed at 900 msrp on ruger's wesite as of today) I would say they are a great deal. 2-3 moa is adequate in virtually any civilian defensive scenario.
For whatever reason, and I know many disagree with this philosophy, I would like to permanently keep a mini 14 in my trunk.
I have an older Mini-14 GB model. I have several Ruger mags, but also have some aftermarket polymer mags, both 20 and 30 round. The only problem I had was with one of the 20 mags, I had to take some sandpaper and work on it just a bit to get it to go in properly. All the others, no problems, and the one I had to work on now works great. Based on some of the other comments, maybe my rifle is the exception to the rule.
Never shot it much on paper, but I can blast paint cans all day long at 100 yards. It has always been 100% reliable.
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I have a GB 180 series and the newest 580 series of mini 14. They both are reasonably accurate out to 300 yards with open sights. Both of mine seem to do well with Russian steel cased ammunition, although I have heard of people breaking firing pins from the hard primers of steel cased ammo. I have noticed that the sights on the newer 580 series tend to shake loose with extensive shooting and need to be tightened with the hex wrench that comes with rifle. Although I have never owned a mini 30, I have read that their bore diameter is .308, and do not shoot well with Russian 7.62x39 which is .310 diameter.
Until the current spike, the prices were in line with gas prices then and now: 1979 price was about 27% of current price. Right now the Mini-14 price reflects a ratio of about 20%, based on VBVAGUY's purchase. The other big difference between then and now is that in 1979 you had to wait in line for gasoline. Now you have to wait in line for a Mini-14.
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Congrats....I think you find it quite fun to shoot. I have shot quite a bit of steel case ammo without a problem but probably not enough to uncover said problem. The only other thing (and the reason I like to shoot the cheap stuff) is my mini doesnt toss the brass out in a nice little pile like my AR does, it sorta sprays it all over the place LOL! Anyway good luck and enjoy your new toy!
I hated the factory rear sight on my mini. I replaced it with a tech sight.
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Poor mans AR. Back in the day they sold for $200.
I'd like to own a mini 30 tactical. I'm not willing to pay the money for one though. Too bad, I think it would be a fun gun.
"To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic." Ted Nugent