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jack6294
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Greater Baton Rouge Area
Member since Jan 2007
3259 posts

Ruger Mini 14

Just didn't want an AR. Don't want to bother cleaning and maintaining a gun. Got it for shooting beavers and when SHTF. How bad a decision was it??


Pepperidge
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Slidell
Member since Apr 2011
2315 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
I'd Rather an AR-15...

but if you have a ClassIII and got the select fire version, then I'd say you made a fun choice...


jack6294
LSU Fan
Greater Baton Rouge Area
Member since Jan 2007
3259 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
No class III

$700

Keeping it simple


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GO TIGERS GO
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Cenla
Member since Sep 2007
530 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
Killed my first 3 deer with one


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xenon16
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Metry Brah
Member since Sep 2008
2868 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
The stainless version is a beauty


bbvdd
Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
9629 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
They're nice guns and I have owned one in the past. It's one that I don't miss having though. I prefer the AR. And you don't know what you're talking about when you say you have to clean and maintain the AR. You will in all likelihood never abuse a gun enough that would cause it to FTF. If you do the mini would do the same since they are both gas operated.


LongueCarabine
LSU Fan
Pointe Aux Pins, LA
Member since Jan 2011
2608 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
I like the looks and the design of the Mini-14, but the knock on them is accuracy.

It isn't all that accurate to start with, a few rapid shots and it goes all to hell.

LC


jack6294
LSU Fan
Greater Baton Rouge Area
Member since Jan 2007
3259 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
bbvdd I admit, I speak in ignorance. Went with cheap, retro and reliable.
This is a good review
LINK
With open sights, he hits almost everything


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Yewkindewit
LSU Fan
Near Birmingham, Alabama
Member since Apr 2012
6756 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
Fine looking weapon. years ago I passed one that was pretty well tricked out, folding adjustable stock and all, and....well...wish. I had it now.


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LuapGibb
LSU Fan
Walker, LA
Member since Jul 2009
111 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
You made an excellent choice. Mini-14 or AR, you can't go wrong with either.


Rize
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2011
2112 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
I've just heard they are not that accurate. AR is way more better


LoneStarTiger
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Lone Star State
Member since Aug 2004
12442 posts
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re: Ruger Mini 14
Mine has always been accurate enough

Probably more accurate than I can shoot anyways


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bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
7902 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
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If you do the mini would do the same since they are both gas operated.


Except that the Mini 14 is gas piston versus direct gas impingement. It runs a lot cleaner.

But both are fantastic rifles and I'm sure you'll be happy either way. Whatever you shoot won't be able to tell the difference anyway.



H.M. Murdock
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
B.A.'s Van
Member since Feb 2013
1649 posts

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Reubaltaich
USA Fan
A nation under duress
Member since Jun 2006
2904 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
I have a Mini-14, love it. Its a tack-driver. When you pull the trigger, it goes bang.

I also have a Spikes Tactical and the good old Colt semi-automatic.

All are very fine weapons.

The thing I like about the Mini is that its not one of those eee'ville looking 'AR' semi-automatics.

In the event of a SHTF scenario, it is less likely to catch the eyes of any LEOs.

You did well with the purchase of your Mini-14.

Enjoy.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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The devil dreams on an idle horse
Member since Jan 2011
42369 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
Not a bad decision at all. I'd love to have a mini-30


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cajuncarguy
LSU Fan
On the road...Again!
Member since Jun 2013
61 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
I have a model 580 stainless Mini 14 and I love it. The late model's barrels were redesigned and are a lot more accurate than the earlier versions. I like the open sights.


LongueCarabine
LSU Fan
Pointe Aux Pins, LA
Member since Jan 2011
2608 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
quote:

The late model's barrels were redesigned and are a lot more accurate


Heck, if that's true I might have to get one. I love my M1A and have always wanted something like it in .223.

LC


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dawg23
Mississippi St. Fan
Baton Rouge, La
Member since Jul 2011
2116 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
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Got it for shooting beavers and when SHTF. How bad a decision was it??

10 years ago it would have been a bad decision. Same would be the case if you bought a used one made before 2004-2006. The Mini-14's of that era have a well-deserved reputation for lousy accuracy.

But in the 2005-2006 time frame, Ruger re-tooled their production facilities to improve the accuracy of the Mini-14. The ones built prior to the re-tooling, and those built after, have little in common when it comes to accuracy.


cajuncarguy
LSU Fan
On the road...Again!
Member since Jun 2013
61 posts

re: Ruger Mini 14
The only thing I am going to change on mine is to install an adjustable gas port from Accuracy Systems so I can control the ejection and barrel jump.


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