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Thursday, July 09, 2020

The Mini-14: A Cost-Effective Scaled-Down M14


17 comments:

  1. I understand that the newer rifles are more accurate than the earlier ones. Of course, it was difficult to hit an elephant in the ass with one of those old rifles.

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    1. I put a barrel stabilizer on my Mini-14 to control the whip of the barrel and it shrunk my groups considerably. No, I don't recall where I bought it but it was about 80 bucks.

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    2. Had an early Mini 14 that I paid a fraction of today's prices for. It had a beautiful wood stock and was in perfect condition. It keyholed at 30 feet. Stabilizer didn't help. On the plus side it was good looking, such wood we don't see any more, fired every fucking time and was quiet enough to shoot without earplugs if you wish.
      In retrospect I should have kept it and put a new barrel on it.
      It's filed under "regrets selling"

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    3. I put a barrel strut on my Mini-14GB here is the link to the strut maker
      https://accu-strut.com/main-page.html

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    4. Yup, that's the one I bought. Don't know why I couldn't remember the name of it.
      Thanks.

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  2. I got a Mini-30 chambered in 7.62 x 39 and the only problem I'm having is the steel case Ruski Tula ammo is crap.

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    1. My Mini-14 is very particular about magazines...if it's not Ruger, or aftermarket, it just doesn't feed well...it's funny, my Garand will shoot any of that commie steel case, my Ruger, no...

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    2. My 30 eats Wolf and ChiSurp, seldom hiccups.

      =TW=

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    3. Wolffman, try the ProMag 20 rounders. They run fine in mine, never had a FTF on them.
      https://promagindustries.com/ruger-mini-14-223-20-rd-blue-steel/

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  3. Love how the mini14 handles and carries. But I've never had a good one, and my mini30 was absolutely junk.

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  4. I couldn’t tell you if my 187 series mini 14 shoots well or not, I’m equally crappy with my AR 15

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  5. I enjoy shooting the Mini-14 more than I do my AR-15.

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  6. If you really want to dive down the Mini-14 and Mini-30 rabbit hole, Accuracy Systems is the place to go.

    https://www.accuracysystemsinc.com/index.php

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  7. I still have my stainless one from 1980ish. It's plenty accurate and quiet to boot. It does not like reloads that my CAR-15 of similar vintage gobbles without a complaint, but otherwise is a perfectly adequate rifle.

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  8. I had three different examples of the early model. Great concept, poor execution. I wanted to like the rifle, but the groups at 100 yards looked like shotgun patterns. It was especially frustrating that my $90 SKS was far more accurate. Dumped the Mini-14s in favor of ARs, and have never looked back.

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    1. Agree completely, had the same experience with both the Mini 14 and Mini 30. I love Rugers except for these. Get a good AR and never look back.

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  9. Never had any troubles with the Mini 14 stainless ranch rifle. It has a Simmons scope on it in stainless and will hit my targets out to 300 yards every time with anything down to Wolf steel cased stuff, as long as I do my part. I bought it used in 1999 for my Mom for her Y2k preps. She loves shooting it and giggles like a school girl when she rings the 300 yard gong.

    I picked up a bunch of Tapco 30 rounders for it a while back, when Remington shut down the Tapco line. Haven't been able to try them in it, though.

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