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Old 02-24-2008, 09:13 PM   #11
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Texas DPS dumped their Mini-14's because the troopers could not qualify @ 100 yards with them. No problem with the replacement Bushmaster AR's
California Department of Corrections loves the Mini 14. Accuracy really isn't an issue when quelling a prison riot.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:53 PM   #12
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Default mini 14 mounts and scopes

I recently purchased my mini 14 and would like any sugestions on the best mounts and scope for this weapon, I have read the bolt slap is a factor for some mounts.
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:46 AM   #13
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I didn't know you shot a mini-14 for groups. I thought you patterned it like a shotgun?
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:55 PM   #14
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"I didn't know you shot a mini-14 for groups. I thought you patterned it like a shotgun?"

That's funny but very, very true. I've owned 3 of the Mini-14s over the years and I will NEVER own another one. I guess that a Mini-14 beats a rock from the ground but not by much. The Mini-14 was a good idea but not a reliably accurate one like an M-4 type carbine. And you know that Ruger has known about the accuracy problems for years and they STILL haven't fixed the problem. I can't believe that!! They would have cleaned up with an accurate, reliable rifle that was as compact as the Mini-14 but Ruger & Company blew it when it comes to consistent accuracy from a Mini-14. I can almost see where the Mini-14 could have surpassed the M-16 rifle if it had been done right in the very beginning. Sad. Real sad.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:01 PM   #15
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Now I realize that the Mini 14 I used to own wasn't exactly stock, but it DID produce EXCELLENT accuracy. I rebarreled, reworked, and modified the gas system on an Mini 14 YEARS back when I was going to gunsmithing trade school out west in the very early 80s. I installed a match grade blank and turned it down to heavy varmit weight made an adjustable gas port for it, totally reworked the trigger, as well as a few other goodies. It was my go to gun for yotes and prarie dogs within 400 yards. I cut my teeth on running game by jump shooting jack rabbits with that little rifle. My best friend eventually talked me out of it and I still miss it. The reason I'm posting this is Ruger Mini 14s CAN be finely accurate, but by the time you go to that trouble & expense, you could already have an VERY accurate AR. The reason I did it in the 1st place was the Mini 14 was practically given to me with a bad barrel.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:47 PM   #16
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The SO where I work issues them to patrol deputies. They're no tack-drivers, but are easy to shoot and are good enough for iron sights and deputies who don't shoot all the time. Our training is at 75 yards, and from a prone position, the deputies put all the rounds where they should be.

It is what it is. An AR generally shoots rings around a Mini, but used to be, the Mini was about half the price of an AR, and perfectly adequate. The Mini (older ones) shoot 55 gr. bullets well, I don't know if Ruger has changed the twist lately for the new heavier ammo.

I have never owned one, and since I have an AR and didn't want one, was never issued one. I've shot most of ours and I helped instruct deputies and get them sighted in, though. Never had any feeding problems except when they failed to seat the magazine (which is pretty easy to do and requires emphasis on training to prevent.) Shot some Wolf steel ammo, and it's nasty and causes rust in the gas system.

Which is another area that needs attention! If you don't put a drop of oil on the piston, it's entirely likely it will rust against the cylinder and lock the rifle up. And you must kick the operating handle repeatedly and finally free the system, not something you want to happen in a defense situation. This happened with several of our rifles using Wolf ammo. I called Ruger and they told me to oil the piston, said they had the same problem with their rifles (not just with Wolf ammo). An unsatisfactory answer, but there it is. A SS gas system would be best.
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:15 PM   #17
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The Mini-14 was described by a gun writer MANY years ago as the worlds most expensive plinker. For informal shooting the newer ones are pretty adequate. To expect 1.5 MOA accuracy is unreasonable. You MIGHT get lucky and find one that will shoot that well but it is highly unlikely. For what it is, it works pretty well. For a serious SHTF rifle, NO WAY IN HE!!.

You can accurize one or get one of the factory bull barrel versions but it will not be any better than a decent AR and you will likely end up spending more than what an AR would cost. Mags are another issue entirely. While AR mags are plentiful and reliable. Mini-14 mags are scarce, expensive and (often times) unreliable.

I too, went through a Mini-14 stage. In college, it was all I could afford. After going back to the factory 3 times, the third time it came back completely rebuilt on the same receiver, I traded it in on an AR-15. 2X the price and 3X the rifle.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:14 AM   #18
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You might check the regular Mini 14 forum at ''.
That is the Mini website- it also has forums for SKS, bolt-action etc.
It tells you something about Ruger Inc., that there is a forum dedicated to aftermarket magazine issues. Issues are not always clearly identified with the 14 or 30 or new 6.8.

There are photos of NYC LEOs trying out some stainless/plastic 14s at a range.
This familiarization with what the writer called "assault rifles" was in response to the mass murders in Mumbai, to prepare for terrorist cells.
Germany and Italy had experience with this in the 70s and 80s, but maybe those lessons were long-forgotten. Baader-Meinhof, Rote Armee Faktion etc. linked with the IRA, PFLP etc.

Why doesn't the police force find some AKs and let recent vets from Iraq/Afghan instruct them?
If not, maybe the city bureaucracy does not permit this exposure to recent combat vets experienced with street, house-to-house fighting.

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:35 AM   #19
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1-3/4 groups at 100 yards. Leupold VXI 2-7X30mm scope. Scope mounts that come with new gun. Also trigger job.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:24 PM   #20
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The older mini-14's barrels are very thin, surprisingly thin. The newer ones however seem to have been greatly upgraded.
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