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5 years 39 weeks ago, 3:12 PM

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Hi folks! Glad to see a whole lot of gun enthusiasts! If anybody has an opinion on the Mini-14, I'd love to hear it. I saw a really souped up Mini-14 at a gun show and it got my curiosity up. Thanks and God bless!

5 years 39 weeks ago, 5:08 PM

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I have never

I have never fired the Mini, but I see it as a combination of an SKS and an AR-15. It has the look and style of an SKS, but shoots .223 like most AR's do. But from what I have heard, it is a heck of a semi auto predator gun. Anything from Ruger usually is.

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5 years 39 weeks ago, 5:13 PM

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Mini

i see it as a .223 M1

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5 years 39 weeks ago, 5:20 PM

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Never thought

Never thought of that, but it does look like the Springfield M1A that is all pimped out. What is the name of that Model M1A, is it SOPMOD?

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5 years 39 weeks ago, 10:12 PM

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M1A

are you talking about the SOCOM and SOCOM II?

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5 years 39 weeks ago, 6:36 PM

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mini 14

is patterned after the m1,they shoot well,and are great farm guns for coyotes and such,if you are expecting sub moa accuracy either buy the brand new one or learn to live with 1.5 inch groups at a hundred yards.if you want more bang for the buck,buy a mini 30,same gun but chambered in 7.62x39(same as ak47)i have owned and shot both,the last one i had was a stainless steel mini 30 it worked well with a 3-9 scope on it.it made a nice fathers day gift for my dad too!

5 years 39 weeks ago, 7:52 PM

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Thanks

Thanks for the input. Good info. I was on Ruger's website checking out the Mini-30 too. Looks promising. Thanks again!

5 years 39 weeks ago, 8:31 PM

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Do not like them

Do not like the Mini-14. Shot them and they are a piece of crap. They are not accurate. Ok, with a cold barrel, but you get the barrel hot, lucky to hold a 5 inch group at 100 yards. I have shot 5 of them and they all did the same when the barrel got hot. I'm talking about 30 rounds.

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5 years 39 weeks ago, 8:34 PM

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Re: Do not like them

Wow. All 5 had that big of a group, eh? Dang. Well, fordvg, what kind of rifle do you recommend in that category?

5 years 39 weeks ago, 8:40 PM

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Depends

What are you planning on shooting with this rifle? If it is hunting varmint or shoot matches? How do you plan on using this tool?

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5 years 39 weeks ago, 8:45 PM

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Re: Depends

I'm looking for something a little more inexpensive to shoot to hone my shooting skills. My Mosin Nagant (M44 carbine) uses 7.62x54R and it gets expensive. So I'm looking for a reliable carbine for skill advancement and possible small game hunting.

5 years 39 weeks ago, 8:59 PM

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I have a AR-15

I have a Colt National Match with a heavy barrel rifle that has a 16" barrel with a 1x9 twist. If you want to do some long range shooting like 500 yards to 1,000 yards. You need a 1x7 or 1x8 twist barrel for this. I would get it in a 24" barrel for this. To save on money you can buy a Colt of a DPMS of Stag Arms in the short barrel and go to Model 1 online and order the long barrel later. With a 1x9 twist barrel you can shoot a bullet up 75 grains and stay away from bullets that are 55 grains or lighter (55 grain bullet is the lowest you can go). Hope this helps.

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5 years 39 weeks ago, 9:07 PM

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Re: I have a AR-15

Thanks for the advice.

5 years 39 weeks ago, 11:52 PM

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dont let people dissuade you,for what you are after the ruger mini series will do fine!besides when do you burn thirty rounds hunting?the rugers are not match guns but are tough,durable,truck guns.shoot lots of ammo thru it,toss it behind the seat of your truck and the next time you need it pull it out load and shoot.you cant kill these guns.just dont expect to win a match with them.as far as ar 15's go,they are great if you have a fat wallet.for a cheap shooter look into the sks (any variant)reasonable accuracy,durability,cheap ammo.or if you want a modern rifle look at the savage 110 series guns,they are bolt guns that shoot real well,are available in a bunch of cartridges and are even available in left hand bolts for you south paws.

5 years 39 weeks ago, 11:53 PM

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Hot Barrel

Yes the barrel does get dangerously hot on the Mini 14.

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