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Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
I already have an AR. I like the platform a lot but it's not my favorite. I'm accustomed to deer rifles (.270 and .300 Win Mag are favorite chambering choices of mine). I like how they point and how they naturally meet your cheek when you shoulder them.

I've been looking at Ruger Mini 14s for a while. They have the same action as an M1A (rotating bolt) which I like a lot. The price is just over $700 for a new one with a nice wood stock. That's a good price for Ruger quality if you ask me.

If I ever wanted to go the "tacti-cool" route with it (not likely), there are replacement stocks available. 30 round mags are available from Ruger (they're $25 which is pretty high).

Anybody got one of these? I'd like to hear your take on them. I've never shot one.

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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
The Mini 14 is a gas piston design whereas most ARs (including my own) are direct gas impingement systems. Both are good systems and have their strengths and weaknesses.

In a SHTF situation, I'd say that the Mini 14 and the AR would both perform the same function more or less equally. Neither one is ideal for combat (a 30 cal rifle would be better, IMHO) but they would serve well as hunting rifles for medium and even large game (under the right circumstances).
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Have you been watching A-Team reruns again?
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Just spend the extra 1000 and get a MIA.. way more fun
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Have you been watching A-Team reruns again?
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Actually, yes. It was the paratrooper model with folding stock and 30 round mag that was featured on the show. A badass rifle for a badass TV show.
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I say go for it. The mini14 is a tried and true well built gun.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
They offer other calibers, which would offer more knock down power.

I've owned both the mini 14 and the mini 30.

Great guns, just not so accurate. 4 MOA.

Perfectly fine for close quarters protection.

The SKS is another fine choice.
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Mini-14 is also available in .300 Blackout.

Buy only Ruger magazines, I have had trouble with aftermarket knockoffs. There are gun accessory companies out there that have adjustable gas blocks and other options to dial in the accuracy of this fine weapon.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
Just spend the extra 1000 and get a MIA.. way more fun
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I'll probably do that too. I have many rifles and yet I always need more. Shooting is a hobby that I share with my son and anything that gets us spending quality time together is a good thing in my book. A new firearm is just another excuse to go to the range with my son and spend the day having a good time sighting it in and testing it out.

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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
Mini-14 is also available in .300 Blackout.

Buy only Ruger magazines, I have had trouble with aftermarket knockoffs. There are gun accessory companies out there that have adjustable gas blocks and other options to dial in the accuracy of this fine weapon.
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Can I just get a barrel for 300 AAC to swap in? Or would I need another rifle altogether?
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
I already have an AR. I like the platform a lot but it's not my favorite. I'm accustomed to deer rifles (.270 and .300 Win Mag are favorite chambering choices of mine). I like how they point and how they naturally meet your cheek when you shoulder them.

I've been looking at Ruger Mini 14s for a while. They have the same action as an M1A (rotating bolt) which I like a lot. The price is just over $700 for a new one with a nice wood stock. That's a good price for Ruger quality if you ask me.

If I ever wanted to go the "tacti-cool" route with it (not likely), there are replacement stocks available. 30 round mags are available from Ruger (they're $25 which is pretty high).

Anybody got one of these? I'd like to hear your take on them. I've never shot one.
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Mini is okay but I had accuracy problems with mine,
particularly as the barrel heated up.

You might like a Browning BLR, it's a rack-n-pinion
lever action. I had a 243, it was extremely accurate
and light, has detachable 5 shot magazine, many
different calibers.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
Mini-14 is also available in .300 Blackout.

Buy only Ruger magazines, I have had trouble with aftermarket knockoffs. There are gun accessory companies out there that have adjustable gas blocks and other options to dial in the accuracy of this fine weapon.
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Have you had any problems with your Mini 14? How's the stock trigger?
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
They offer other calibers, which would offer more knock down power.

I've owned both the mini 14 and the mini 30.

Great guns, just not so accurate. 4 MOA.

Perfectly fine for close quarters protection.

The SKS is another fine choice.
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Yeah, I would rather have the SKS than the mini 14.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
They offer other calibers, which would offer more knock down power.

I've owned both the mini 14 and the mini 30.

Great guns, just not so accurate. 4 MOA.

Perfectly fine for close quarters protection.

The SKS is another fine choice.
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Yeah, I would rather have the SKS than the mini 14.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
I already have an AR. I like the platform a lot but it's not my favorite. I'm accustomed to deer rifles (.270 and .300 Win Mag are favorite chambering choices of mine). I like how they point and how they naturally meet your cheek when you shoulder them.

I've been looking at Ruger Mini 14s for a while. They have the same action as an M1A (rotating bolt) which I like a lot. The price is just over $700 for a new one with a nice wood stock. That's a good price for Ruger quality if you ask me.

If I ever wanted to go the "tacti-cool" route with it (not likely), there are replacement stocks available. 30 round mags are available from Ruger (they're $25 which is pretty high).

Anybody got one of these? I'd like to hear your take on them. I've never shot one.
 Quoting: GreatCaesarsGhost!



Mini is okay but I had accuracy problems with mine,
particularly as the barrel heated up.

You might like a Browning BLR, it's a rack-n-pinion
lever action. I had a 243, it was extremely accurate
and light, has detachable 5 shot magazine, many
different calibers.
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Ruger fixed the newer Mini 14s with a reinforced barrel (much heavier than the original) and they don't seem to have the same problem.

And yeah, I know the BLR. It's a nice lever gun. A modern classic, really.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
Mini-14 is also available in .300 Blackout.

Buy only Ruger magazines, I have had trouble with aftermarket knockoffs. There are gun accessory companies out there that have adjustable gas blocks and other options to dial in the accuracy of this fine weapon.
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This ^^^^^

The mini 14 is a solid rifle. Cleaner and more reliable than an AR-15. The AR is more accurate though, whether it's new or accurized. But the mini can be accurized as well. Won't shoot as tight of groups, but they get the job done. Mine shoots 2 inch groups at 100 yards. Fine with me. And my Tapco mags do just fine too.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
I already have an AR. I like the platform a lot but it's not my favorite. I'm accustomed to deer rifles (.270 and .300 Win Mag are favorite chambering choices of mine). I like how they point and how they naturally meet your cheek when you shoulder them.

I've been looking at Ruger Mini 14s for a while. They have the same action as an M1A (rotating bolt) which I like a lot. The price is just over $700 for a new one with a nice wood stock. That's a good price for Ruger quality if you ask me.

If I ever wanted to go the "tacti-cool" route with it (not likely), there are replacement stocks available. 30 round mags are available from Ruger (they're $25 which is pretty high).

Anybody got one of these? I'd like to hear your take on them. I've never shot one.
 Quoting: GreatCaesarsGhost!



Mini is okay but I had accuracy problems with mine,
particularly as the barrel heated up.

You might like a Browning BLR, it's a rack-n-pinion
lever action. I had a 243, it was extremely accurate
and light, has detachable 5 shot magazine, many
different calibers.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 53923245



Ruger fixed the newer Mini 14s with a reinforced barrel (much heavier than the original) and they don't seem to have the same problem.

And yeah, I know the BLR. It's a nice lever gun. A modern classic, really.
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yes, mine was an early model.

selling that BLR was a mistake.
I traded it for a 7mm Model 700, etc.
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Superb choice.
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Have you been watching A-Team reruns again?
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Actually, yes. It was the paratrooper model with folding stock and 30 round mag that was featured on the show. A badass rifle for a badass TV show.
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awesome!

I am no expert but from what I have gathered the Mini might have a longer life span as far as the internals and the way the gun operates, where as an AR will need replacement parts if your thinking long term and tens of thousands of rounds shot through it. Think the bolt, bolt carrier group ect.

The AR is usually more accurate and the thicker barrel design allows for more rapid fire shots fired through it at a time, which might be useful in a fire fight. If you get the Mini get the new one with a thicker barrel.

IF I could only have one I would go AR with extra bolts, parts, .22 conversion kits, and buy more ammo.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
They offer other calibers, which would offer more knock down power.

I've owned both the mini 14 and the mini 30.

Great guns, just not so accurate. 4 MOA.

Perfectly fine for close quarters protection.

The SKS is another fine choice.
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Yeah, I would rather have the SKS than the mini 14.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
They offer other calibers, which would offer more knock down power.

I've owned both the mini 14 and the mini 30.

Great guns, just not so accurate. 4 MOA.

Perfectly fine for close quarters protection.

The SKS is another fine choice.
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Yeah, I would rather have the SKS than the mini 14.
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I already have an SKS and it's a great rifle. It's a proper fighting rifle. I prefer a detachable mag but I would always feel properly armed with an SKS.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
They offer other calibers, which would offer more knock down power.

I've owned both the mini 14 and the mini 30.

Great guns, just not so accurate. 4 MOA.

Perfectly fine for close quarters protection.

The SKS is another fine choice.
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Yeah, I would rather have the SKS than the mini 14.
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Re: Thinking about getting a Ruger Mini 14. Any opinions?
Have you been watching A-Team reruns again?
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Actually, yes. It was the paratrooper model with folding stock and 30 round mag that was featured on the show. A badass rifle for a badass TV show.
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awesome!

I am no expert but from what I have gathered the Mini might have a longer life span as far as the internals and the way the gun operates, where as an AR will need replacement parts if your thinking long term and tens of thousands of rounds shot through it. Think the bolt, bolt carrier group ect.

The AR is usually more accurate and the thicker barrel design allows for more rapid fire shots fired through it at a time, which might be useful in a fire fight. If you get the Mini get the new one with a thicker barrel.

IF I could only have one I would go AR with extra bolts, parts, .22 conversion kits, and buy more ammo.
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I think the trade off is like this:

A mini has longer-lasting parts but they are more expensive to replace when they finally give out (although they should last a lifetime under normal operating conditions).

An AR has overall pretty long-lasting parts with a large variety and price-range of replacement parts. AR parts are everywhere. Everybody is making them. Hell, Kellogg's will probably start putting them in cereal boxes as prizes.

Since I already have an AR, I'll get a Mini to screw around with. They hold their value pretty well so I can always sell it if I don't like it. I can't imagine that I wouldn't like it though. It's got everything I like in a rifle.
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Do what you want but why would you choose such a small bullet? The 300
Win mag would be my choice.
Put your money on a good scope and your set.
30 cal bullet won't blow with the wind as much.....

Tomorrow I'm gonna post a vid of me shooting an apple at 400 yards...stay tuned.....
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I have many guns, but lost all mine in a terrible boating accident. I did own a Mini-14 and really liked the gun. I also had a Bushmaster and would trade off, using the 2, so the barrels wouldn't get too hot. If things got close in, there was always my pump action Mossberg Mariner....

Get the Mini...
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Do what you want but why would you choose such a small bullet? The 300
Win mag would be my choice.
Put your money on a good scope and your set.
30 cal bullet won't blow with the wind as much.....

Tomorrow I'm gonna post a vid of me shooting an apple at 400 yards...stay tuned.....
Rem...700---.308-sps
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I already have a Remington 700 chambered in 300 Win Mag. It's one of my go-to deer rifles. I have a Leupold illuminated 3-9 X 40 scope on it. It's a cherry of a rifle and will reach out and touch a deer at 500 yards (that's with MY skill level...an expert rifleman could pull off 800+ on a good day).
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Mini-14 is also available in .300 Blackout.

Buy only Ruger magazines, I have had trouble with aftermarket knockoffs. There are gun accessory companies out there that have adjustable gas blocks and other options to dial in the accuracy of this fine weapon.
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This ^^^^^

The mini 14 is a solid rifle. Cleaner and more reliable than an AR-15. The AR is more accurate though, whether it's new or accurized. But the mini can be accurized as well. Won't shoot as tight of groups, but they get the job done. Mine shoots 2 inch groups at 100 yards. Fine with me. And my Tapco mags do just fine too.
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2 inch groups are impressive with a carbine. Did you accurize yours or is it stock?

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I have many guns, but lost all mine in a terrible boating accident. I did own a Mini-14 and really liked the gun. I also had a Bushmaster and would trade off, using the 2, so the barrels wouldn't get too hot. If things got close in, there was always my pump action Mossberg Mariner....

Get the Mini...
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Mini-14 is also available in .300 Blackout.

Buy only Ruger magazines, I have had trouble with aftermarket knockoffs. There are gun accessory companies out there that have adjustable gas blocks and other options to dial in the accuracy of this fine weapon.
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Have you had any problems with your Mini 14? How's the stock trigger?
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Bought new. First trigger mech had problems; whole firing mechanism would eject. Store swapped with mech out of another Mini-30 next day and has been flawless since. Stock trigger is fine for me. It can be modified by a gunsmith if you want to lighten the pull, but isn't necessary imo.

I doubt that a barrel changeover to convert to .300 BLK is that simple. The gas block has to be adjusted as well for the .300 BLK.
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Mini-14 is also available in .300 Blackout.

Buy only Ruger magazines, I have had trouble with aftermarket knockoffs. There are gun accessory companies out there that have adjustable gas blocks and other options to dial in the accuracy of this fine weapon.
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Have you had any problems with your Mini 14? How's the stock trigger?
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Bought new. First trigger mech had problems; whole firing mechanism would eject. Store swapped with mech out of another Mini-30 next day and has been flawless since. Stock trigger is fine for me. It can be modified by a gunsmith if you want to lighten the pull, but isn't necessary imo.

I doubt that a barrel changeover to convert to .300 BLK is that simple. The gas block has to be adjusted as well for the .300 BLK.
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Thanks for the info. Would you say that the stock trigger is heavy, medium or light? I can't imagine that it would be too light.





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