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Ruger mini 14.

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by Buckeye Jake, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. Buckeye Jake

    Buckeye Jake Loaded Pockets

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    When I bought mine, Carter was in the white house . 1980 , forty years a longtime really . Why no ar 15 ?
    Simple really, only colt made ar 15 , not cheap and impossible to find . A stainless mini came available for 287 dollars and I grabbed it up . Best decision I ever made . Thousands of flawless rounds later . It's what called a pencil barrel. Accurate? Yes it will stay on the bottom of a pop can at a 100 yards. Not a inch group gun , but useable. Absolutely not ammo picky. Cheap junk to target ammo all work just fine . I now prefer the federal brand or the imi which is the best made .
    Faults , the main one is the mags , around forty a pop . And you don't find many of them around.
    But they are steel and last and last . Five ,10 , 20 my favorite , 30 . Ruger only period.
    Many times I have thought about going the ar15 route. But couldn't justify it . Plus , I am pistol guy really.
    That said I got the old guy out and ready to go . Mine eats 223 or 556 as it was designed to do so .
    I dont use the m855 62 grain , only the m193 55 grain . Why ? Simple when the mini 14 was designed the heavier m855 didnt exist. Would it hurt the over built ruger who knows. I have plenty of m193 , so why try it ?
    I tell the younger generation to just go the ar15 route because the options are endless.

    Jake
     
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  2. ran23
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    My brother worked the towers at a local prison, when they switched over to Mini-14. All guards took the small mag out and switched to the 30.
     
  3. Buckeye Jake

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    Understand that. May i ask what state ? I believe ohio used them at one time. When I got mine only five erer available do to an ohio law . It was changed.
     
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    this was Solidad Prison, CA , back in the 80's? maybe earlier. It replaced old M-1 carbines (in the towers).
     
  5. les snyder

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    I purchased a blued one at about the time period...mine was not nearly as accurate as yours... close to 5" at 100yd with open sights.... at the time I was just started shooting the IPSC style gun sports, and not having access to high cap magazines and better accuracy was a problem....mine did have a very good trigger, and I had the gas plug hard chromed to help with maintenance... a Ranch Products Weaver mount that fit on the gas block and a 2 1/2x EER scope,, and I had a "Scout Rifle"... a couple of years later I had switched to the AR.... I did always want one of the "GB" minis, with the sight at mid barrel... I once handled a GB with a straight magazine and M1 Carbine style sights that was some over-run for a friendly foreign country...they are no longer cheaper than an AR... regards
     
  6. MCPOWoller

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    I had a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch when they first came out with that model. Good thing it came with the scope rings built in because I lost the flip up iron sight on the second outing. It was an OK rifle. Eventually I sold it and got my first AR.
     
  7. medic68

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    I agree with Buckeye Jake's assessment of the Mini. Mine is a 180 series, 1974-1977. Great weapon, accurate, and a proven platform, IMHO. I personally prefer the twenty round mags and have picked up a number over the years. I always figured ten per loadout and resupply would be optimal. A number of the smaller California Agencies used the Mini in the 70s and 80s.
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  8. 0dBm

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    Mine is about 25 years old and it hasn’t seen much use.

    I’ve been researching a conversion to the 6.5mm Grendel with a bull barrel and a harmonic balancer. Should tighten the grouping quite a bit.

    Magazine capacity will be curtailed with this conversion due to the fatter cartridge case, but the enhanced accuracy will make it worthwhile for me.
     
  9. aicolainen

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    Affordable, available and goes bang.
    Most ones I’ve tried shoot better than their reputation, but it never appealed to me.
    I only shoot semi auto for competition, and they just can’t compete with ARs.
     
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    There was a time when the Mini-14 was more affordable that the ARs. The opposite is the scenario now. Just goes to show how industry support and demand can lead to the emergence of a cottage industry and a lower price point.

    To a much-smaller extent, the Mini-14 has had a loyal following, but not as significant as the AR.

    Fifty to one-hundred yard outdoor use is the typical distance that I have used mine. With the modification that I described earlier in this thread, it will likely perform adequately beyond that but I’ll keep its use under 100 yards for more precise results.