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Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?

 
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Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
My next purchase will be one of these two rifles. If you have both which of them do you grab first when the SHTF?
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08/08/2012 07:12 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Which one has the most easily available ammo in the US?

I suspect it's the Ruger?
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08/08/2012 07:12 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
GET A BAG OF DICKS
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08/08/2012 07:13 PM
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GET A BAG OF DICKS
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08/08/2012 07:14 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Ruger mini 14 is the perfect all purpose gun to have when the shtf
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08/08/2012 07:15 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Stock ammo now, but seriously go with the SKS. With the SKS you have higher ammo capacity, and the SKS is a combat rifle... it's a better piece of equipment.
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Which one has the most easily available ammo in the US?

I suspect it's the Ruger?
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I can buy thousands of rounds of rounds for either. 7.62 is cheaper.
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08/08/2012 07:19 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Tough one, I would decide depending on the availability of ammo in your area.
On the other hand, maybe in some pawn shop you can buy a cheap SKS and get both?
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08/08/2012 07:22 PM
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SKS is my choice,,
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08/08/2012 07:30 PM

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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
I love the SKS, have 2 of them, but the Mini 14 is a better rifle. Better iron sights, easier to mount optics on, and the action is certainly combat worthy as it is the same design as the the venerable M1A/M14 which is still in use by our military today.
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08/08/2012 07:32 PM
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Yeah, like it fucking matters because you're going to be a killing machine, right?
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08/08/2012 07:40 PM
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I hope Ruger is putting better barrels on the Mini-14. My Mini 14 barrel would get really hot which made tight groupings difficult when firing fast.
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08/08/2012 07:54 PM
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My next purchase will be one of these two rifles. If you have both which of them do you grab first when the SHTF?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21526860


My Ruger Mini 14 is built like a little tank. It jammed a few rounds within the first 500 at ejection, but after it was broke in, cleaned and oiled, it has not done it since.

It's action is milled, and has no wimpy stamped out parts that I can see. It is ready to go any day.
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08/08/2012 08:02 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Ammo availability isn't a problem. I can buy thousands of rounds for either one on a site like cheaper than dirt. Their 7.62x39 can be had for about $5 a box, compared to $6-7 for .223/.556. The only drawback is that 7.62 price is for Russian steel and not brass. The brass ammo on there is $9-11+ for a box. Probably wouldn't be a problem for the SKS though since Russian guns are made for that stuff, but they have been known to jam and gum up American guns.
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08/08/2012 09:31 PM
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Yeah, like it fucking matters because you're going to be a killing machine, right?
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08/08/2012 09:37 PM
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tested and true SKS! get your 50 round drums for it....
at the age of 8 i was hitting balloons from 300 yards away. i dont even think the bullets hit them. more of the shock waves.
7.62 = good/easy reload
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08/08/2012 09:50 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
USA Mini 14 - $800

China SKS - $100
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08/08/2012 09:52 PM
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Yeah, like it fucking matters because you're going to be a killing machine, right?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21570058


I am, I like 12 gauge #4 Buckshot

All of my kills overseas were always within 50 feet, except the one on the wall ....lol

M16 was a great weapon, but after a career, I love my 12 gauges.
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08/08/2012 09:53 PM
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I hope Ruger is putting better barrels on the Mini-14. My Mini 14 barrel would get really hot which made tight groupings difficult when firing fast.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16469783


M16 would glow orange at night range ;-)
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oh, the one on the wall, he was a lucky long shot .... lol
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08/08/2012 09:59 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
My next purchase will be one of these two rifles. If you have both which of them do you grab first when the SHTF?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21526860


Get the SKS.
When the Chinese and Mexicans and South Americans invade us, you will be able to pick up spare ammo anywhere.
And if the Russians join in, well their will be lots and lots of ammo laying around.
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08/08/2012 10:02 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
LOL it doesnt matter after TSHTF there will be plenty
sitting around on corpses of knucklehead zombie horde
preppers

so whatever you choose please stock extra ammo and reloading
supplies
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08/08/2012 10:04 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
that gun treaty will be signed after the election. that will stop the importation of all firearms and ammo into this country. something to keep in mind...
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08/08/2012 10:19 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
good luck shooting up all those radionuclides coming your way ;)
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08/08/2012 10:24 PM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
The SKS is pretty heavy but it packs a mean punch. Get the SKS first and an AR15 later instead.
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01/23/2013 09:34 AM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
USA Mini 14 - $800

China SKS - $100
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21305537


Actually I saw one go the other day for $700. Supply and demand!
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01/23/2013 09:43 AM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Both can be modded out heavily.

But Id go with M14 since replacement parts can be found more easily.
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01/23/2013 09:46 AM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
ammo resupply will be what's lying on the ground and that will be 5.56. something to think about....
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01/23/2013 09:47 AM
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
there's no way u can buy an SKS for $100 today....
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01/23/2013 09:52 AM

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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
that gun treaty will be signed after the election. that will stop the importation of all firearms and ammo into this country. something to keep in mind...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2926765


Ammo will be impossible to find for both and both will be on the registration list.

If you do not register you will be an instant felon and could be declared an enemy of the state by Obama and a name on the NDAA death list.

Welcome to the USSA.

God save us all...
PIR
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Re: Ruger Mini 14 or SKS - which to grab first when the SHTF?
Flip a coin. I have them both and they are capable. I'd probably go with the SKS and the larger mag installed. Nice bayonet on the SKS just in case.

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