Ruger Mini 14, Anybody Ever Own One? Worth Having?

Ruger Mini 14, Anybody Ever Own One? Worth Having?

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    Ruger Mini 14, Anybody Ever Own One? Worth Having?

    This gun has caught my eye lately. Any opinions on quality,accuracy,etc.?
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    Great gun very accurate just keep it clean your good togo
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    I like the model with the wooden stock.Is that the ranch model?
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    Well designed rifles. Not really thrilled with their magazines, they have this little notch thing that can be tricky. Even taking that into consideration they are fantastic guns and worthy of your collection.
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    Nice looking gun, I'd want one.
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    I was issued one in the 80s as a state trooper. Decent shooter, but less range than an AR + smaller mags & heavier.

    I had a wood with SS and 6-8 20 round mag. A good patrol carbine.
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    Just picked up my brand new Mini 30 (same frame but chambered in 7.62x39). I LOVE it! I haven't had time to play with it much yet. Took it to the range after a thorough cleaning and did about 60 rounds through it to test function. Can't wait until next week to really get it going. The gun is solid and works flawlessly. I ran both brass and cheapo steel case through it. Only had one fail to feed, but I'm attributing that to the new mag and not the ammo. Can't say enough how well built and easy to operate the Mini platform is.... Grab one and let the fun begin!

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    I had the mini 14 as a duty weapon for years. When I bought my own I got the Mini Thirty. You can't go wrong with either one.
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    I also have a mini-14. ahhhh or two. One in blue carbon, and one in stainless. I swear by them. I use the 20 rnd magazines. 10 years now and so far no problem.
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    The newer ones as of a couple of years ago are supposedly a lot more accurate than the older ones. Based on mediocre accuracy alone I never was much interested in the Mini 14/30, but the improved models have heightened my interest a bit. I think I'd be inclined toward the 30 cal.
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    Ruger. All new fancy dandy Million dollar CNC machinery and tooling just for the newer Mini 14s -

    Just FYI
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    I've only ever had any experience with a single example of the Mini-14 and it was awful, horrible, terrible, and bad. Belonged to a close shooting acquaintance. Of course this would have been sometime prior to 1984 when he moved. This was a plain-jain .223 manufactured in 1976, having the "200th year of American liberty" marking. The gun couldn't seem to manage better than 4-inch groups at 100 yards from a bench rest. No matter what special effort was made. No matter what load was tried. We really tried working with the rifle in order to make it shoot but to no avail.

    Despite the bad accuracy experience of the single example, the rifle looks like it has a lot going for it. They apparently don't all bedevil their owners with accuracy problems as gobs of them have been sold over the years. I like the wood stock versions. Love the fact that it comes in .223 and 7.62X39. Has about the same application as the M1 Carbine and is near as compact too. Ruger supposedly took some pains to improve the accuracy capabilities of the Mini-14 some years back. The 7.62X39 Mini-14 is especially intriguing to me.
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    We use them at work. Very nice rifles. We qualify at 100 yards with the iron sights and the thing is damn accurate.

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    ...me, too, on the SS MiniThirty...might just replace my .30-.30 as my SD rifle...plenty accurate at SD ranges and reliable...price of ammo's going to be the choice-maker between that and another Mini in SS...

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    I think the newer ones with the improved barrels are averaging 2 MOA which is OK for a SHTF "Git Offa My Land!" rifle.
    Of course they are more expensive than they used to be also.
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