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barnmaster98
12-05-2015, 04:29 PM
how many of you have a ruger mini 14. I was looking at getting one because unlike an ar15 I can take it anywhere with me. Any pros or cons with the guns? thankyou

Waterloomike
12-05-2015, 04:31 PM
The only con is not having one. And that's it.

wolver
12-05-2015, 04:34 PM
Just watch out for Wendy!

lone-wolf
12-05-2015, 04:38 PM
The only con is not having one. And that's it.
Yep

5/20rd Magazines are hard to find, but aztech armory can import them.

Deuce-deuce
12-05-2015, 06:50 PM
Great rifles. Don't believe the Internet.

Petamocto
12-05-2015, 06:58 PM
They're just fine as a general purpose rifle. There are plenty of articles on the net comparing all of these types of rifles (including the Benelli MR1, among others).

Gunexpert007
12-05-2015, 09:25 PM
They are very good rifles . I have two , and they are tough as nails . They are not tack drivers , but they were never meant to be . You may also want to consider a Mini 30 .....stainless is a good option as well....

Brad
12-06-2015, 07:18 AM
Great rifle lots of fun. The target model is as accurate as I am

Swampdonkey
12-06-2015, 08:25 AM
I've shot one, and I've shot a few Garand actions. Honestly, the allure doesn't reach me.

Justice
12-06-2015, 11:17 AM
Grossly over priced and inaccurate, but fun. Probably best to buy one before Junior's Gang bans 'em.

lone-wolf
12-06-2015, 02:05 PM
I finished middle of the pack in a small service rifle match with my mini14 vs ar15s
Using the blackbox ae ammo

Two For Sure
12-07-2015, 10:14 AM
I had one twenty years ago. It was 100 per cent reliable. It was crap for accuracy. My other rifles shot MOA but the Mini-14 shot MODP(Minute of Dinner Plate.) The new ones are apparently better but I'm not inclined to find out.

Waterloomike
12-07-2015, 10:27 AM
crappy tire prices have dropped some.

1" to 3" groups ain't that bad. i can live with that for what it is.

RANGE R.A.T.S.
12-07-2015, 01:57 PM
https://youtu.be/ODmxpToWarE

I own a Mini-14 Stainless - its a decent rifle but a bit pricey for the build quality. Factory magazines are hard to find and expensive but they are steel, very high quality and will probably outlast the rifle.
My Mini-14 is not inaccurate per say - rapid fire shooting will result in the "dinner plate MOA" you hear about due to felt recoil, as compared to my Colt M4. Its a fun rifle to shoot at the range and its non-restricted so you can take it outdoors. The Mini-14 would by no way be my go-to gun but as part of a collection its a cool piece to own. If its going to be your first or only firearm I would recommend getting a shotgun. There is always the chance of it being reclassified but that's neither here nor there. The mags are the same size as standard AR mags so they fit in your AR mag pouches. The Mini-14 is a compact size rifle so if your tall this might not be the choice for you.

Mini-14 Pros:

Non-Restricted semi
shoots .223 and .556
mags compatible with my HSGI gear
reliable
steel magazines
lots of aftermarket accessories

Cons:

factory magazines very pricey
may be restricted in the future
recoil makes rapid fire inaccurate
decent quality but feels cheap-ish overall

Two For Sure
12-07-2015, 03:20 PM
crappy tire prices have dropped some.

1" to 3" groups ain't that bad. i can live with that for what it is.
If I got that I'd have kept mine. 8-10" was more like it. I shot better groups with an open-sighted Swedish Mauser than the Mini with a 2.5x scope.

lone-wolf
12-07-2015, 03:35 PM
feels cheap-ish overall
Got to say, that's a surprising impression.

Waterloomike
12-07-2015, 04:26 PM
If I got that I'd have kept mine. 8-10" was more like it. I shot better groups with an open-sighted Swedish Mauser than the Mini with a 2.5x scope.

What vintage is that?

Two For Sure
12-07-2015, 09:26 PM
What vintage is that?
Mid-90's

Waterloomike
12-07-2015, 09:40 PM
Mid-90's

I haven't had mine for 2 years, yet. Bought new from Shooters choice in Waterloo. I really like it. I've turned two antis with that rifle.

RANGE R.A.T.S.
12-08-2015, 11:15 AM
Got to say, that's a surprising impression.

I own a coulpe of 10/22's they were under $350 each - great rifles - the Mini-14 was just under $1000 - sure there is more material involved in the manufacture but if you compare a 10/22 and Mini side by side its hard to see where the extra $650 comes into play - as well the mini has lots of visible unfinished seams as well as poor quality rollmark impressions not what id expect considering the fit and finish of some comparably priced rifles available. I actually bought two and kept one in the box as a hold onto'er but I couldn't justify having a second one since I was a tad bit disappointed with the overall quality.

Mark-II
12-08-2015, 12:15 PM
With it's reputation and the current price tag it's a non starter. There were a few black friday deals for under a grand, but I think that was the ranch rifle.

My way of thinking is this - Bill Ruger wasn't building competition guns. He wasn't a big fan of semi automatics to begin with. The 10/22 (and likely others) was conceived to be shot casually, not repeatedly for long stretches. If I use a single 10 round mag with my 10/22 carbine it's fine and reasonably accurate. If I start stuffing it with Hot Lips and a GSG drum it goes for shit by 40 rounds.

These guns were not designed to be shot and shot and shot until they got hotter than hot. Few are, really.

BrotherRockeye
12-08-2015, 02:41 PM
it looks like my experiences with the Mini 14 and the 10/22 differ from many folks replying here... I like to tinker though and don't often settle for out of the box performance.

I think I'll limit my comments on this subject... :)

Waterloomike
12-08-2015, 03:40 PM
For the money, if you're looking for a semi, cheap ammo and decent performance, it's very hard to beat a Russian sks.

Don't like it, dump it for approximately what you paid. No big loss.

lone-wolf
12-08-2015, 03:43 PM
I own a coulpe of 10/22's they were under $350 each - great rifles - the Mini-14 was just under $1000 - sure there is more material involved in the manufacture but if you compare a 10/22 and Mini side by side its hard to see where the extra $650 comes into play - as well the mini has lots of visible unfinished seams as well as poor quality rollmark impressions not what id expect considering the fit and finish of some comparably priced rifles available. I actually bought two and kept one in the box as a hold onto'er but I couldn't justify having a second one since I was a tad bit disappointed with the overall quality.

Consider a keltec su16 at the same price(or more), that would be what I consider feels cheapish. I like the Remington 7615p I had replaced the SU16 with, but now they're priced at $1200 new compared to $1k for the mini.
My rollmarks are normal, but I have seen crappy ones online. Shouldn't of left factory imo but it wouldn't change the functioning.

Not to be pestering you rr, but from what I've seen out there, I had the opposite reaction.
ARs though, are priced right, just classified wrong.

RANGE R.A.T.S.
12-08-2015, 06:18 PM
ARs though, are priced right, just classified wrong.

That I can agree with...

Petamocto
12-08-2015, 07:08 PM
...ARs though, are priced right, just classified wrong.

Can't agree more. It broke my heart to sell my DD M4A1 to buy a Benelli MR1 when I got into hunting. Practically the same gun with exactly the same capabilities. Collapsible stock, pistol grip, same length, exact same mags firing 5.56mm on semi auto, yet classified differently. Rod says it much better than me:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqH7tHyO5P8

road kill
12-09-2015, 02:54 AM
Get the target model with the adjustable choke. :pot:

RANGE R.A.T.S.
12-10-2015, 09:16 AM
The Mini-14 seems to be alive and well in San Bernardino LE circles...

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2015/12/08/san-bernardino-le-response/