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CA357 09-23-2012 08:14 PM

New to me Mini 30
I'm a Mini guy. I've had three Mini 14's. However, recently I started liking the idea of the heavier round in the Mini 30 particularly if SHTF. I got lucky a few weeks back and found a stainless/wood 189 Series Mini 30 for an outstanding price, so I bought it.

I took it out to the range yesterday and fell in love with it. There's no recoil to speak of and it's as accurate as I am offhand. I benched it for a few rounds, but pretty much shot it offhand from a standing position. I fired it even though it got really hot because I wanted to see how it performed hot. It barely threw a few rounds and stayed quite accurate. It will do and I'm very happy with it.

I got it home and cleaned and lubed it and then I replaced the handguard with a Choate model that I had. I prefer it over the factory guard because it's better ventilated.

The only mods I'm thinking of at this time are to add a techSIGHT rear sight and possibly a flash suppressor. The factory flip up rear sight just seems like it wouldn't stand up to much abuse. I'm also thinking about possibly installing a John Masen combination front sight/muzzle brake. I'm not sure about that, but I prefer the winged front sight over the single blade. At any rate, it will all have to wait until we've moved and our cash situation is back on the level.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

opaww 09-23-2012 08:36 PM

Sweet rifle you got there

tacticalfun 09-23-2012 08:37 PM

I always wanted a mini.

CA357 09-23-2012 09:24 PM

I've had two Ranch Rifles and one Tactical model. I prefer the sights on the 580 Series over the earlier ones like mine.

I'm just not an AR guy. I have nothing against them and I think it would be fun to build one. But I just can't seem to get used to a pistol gripped rifle. I had a couple of FALs, and couldn't deal with the pistol grips on them either. I also had problems with the op rod on the left side.

Mini's, M1's, M1A's and M1 Carbines fit me just right.

(I'm kinda' old ;) )

CHLChris 09-23-2012 09:41 PM

For .223 I wouldn't choose a Mini 14 since the AR-15 is so amazingly reliable and customizable.

But for 7.62x39 I think I would seriously consider a Mini-30 over an AK or Saiga!! I really like wood stocks, too!

masterPsmith 09-23-2012 10:19 PM

It's always good to see someone happy with another Mini. Now that you have both calibers, you are good to go. Looks like you're still packing, can tell by the boxes !!


CA357 09-23-2012 11:38 PM

Yup, packing away. We go Friday. :D

JTJ 09-23-2012 11:46 PM

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Don: Here is mine. It has the Amega front rail and I found an AK74 style muzzle brake for it.

CA357 09-23-2012 11:59 PM

Looks good.

HockaLouis 09-26-2012 12:01 AM

Pretty. But now stick to the brass 7.62x39 it is reliable with...

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