New to me Mini 30


Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Long Guns > General Rifle Discussion > New to me Mini 30

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-23-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CA357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1175 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 2978

Default 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.





__________________
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams
CA357 is offline  
masterPsmith Likes This 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 09-23-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,900
Liked 2057 Times on 827 Posts
Likes Given: 2706

Default

Sweet rifle you got there



__________________
opaww is offline  
CA357 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
tacticalfun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2,224
Liked 480 Times on 329 Posts

Default

I always wanted a mini.

__________________
tacticalfun is offline  
CA357 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #4
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CA357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1175 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 2978

Default

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 )

__________________
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams

Last edited by CA357; 09-23-2012 at 09:28 PM.
CA357 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CHLChris's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Portland,Oregon
Posts: 2,523
Liked 190 Times on 129 Posts
Likes Given: 89

Default

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!

__________________
.45acp, .40 S&W, 9mm, .38 Spl, .380 acp, 22lr
12 gauge, .223/5.56x45mm, 30-30 Winchester


2 Chron. 7:14 Christians must seek His face
CHLChris is offline  
CA357 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 10:19 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
masterPsmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Barstow area, Kalifornia
Posts: 1,346
Liked 89 Times on 67 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

Don,
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 !!

Jim............

__________________
Dosn't matter what day of the week it is, the best day is the day with your finger on the trigger--jra

Visit me on FaceBook at Alvord Limited Custom Gunsmithing.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alvord-Limited-Custom-gunsmithing/637828296334671?ref=bookmarks
masterPsmith is offline  
CA357 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 11:38 PM   #7
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CA357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1175 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 2978

Default

Yup, packing away. We go Friday.

__________________
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams
CA357 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 11:46 PM   #8
JTJ
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Lake Havasu,Arizona
Posts: 6,070
Liked 1974 Times on 1069 Posts
Likes Given: 587

Default

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

mini-30.jpg  
__________________

Patron Member NRA
"I would not be an old man if I had not been an armed young man." JTJ
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of feces by the clean end."

JTJ is offline  
CA357 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 11:59 PM   #9
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CA357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1175 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 2978

Default

Looks good.

__________________
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams
CA357 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 3,617
Liked 813 Times on 621 Posts
Likes Given: 125

Default

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



__________________
HockaLouis is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Mini-14 jaywmu Mini-14 Forum 33 12-13-2011 01:52 AM
Mini 14 - .223 bizy The Club House 6 10-24-2010 04:24 PM
CCI mini mag? NymphoGnome Ammunition & Reloading 7 03-06-2010 04:37 AM
Country Shed: Mini-14 / Mini-30 Mag Sale canebrake Firearm Accessories & Gear 0 11-22-2009 04:01 PM
mini 14 bobbyb13 Mini-14 Forum 25 04-18-2009 07:01 AM