Originally Posted by Shoobee;819178... You can get better performance than an AK with a Ruger Mini. The Ruger Mini-30 gives you everything that an AK can do plus better accuracy downrange.
So if it is the cartridge you are in love with, the Ruger Mini-30 is a superior weapon and more accurate, with a more reliable M-1 open bolt design. Thus if you fire hollow points or soft points and one jams, you can easily un-jam the Ruger but not the AK.
The Ruger mini preserves the M-1 bolt design, whereas the AK has a closed bolt like the original Italian and German sturmgewehr of the 1940s and like the AR platforms of the 1950s to present. The open bolt design is easy to unjam. The closed bolt is not.
If I were in love with this cartridge, then I would get the Ruger. That gives you a superior weapon plus access to a lot of cheap Chinese and Russian ammo for it.
So thumbs down on the AK and thumbs up on the Ruger for 7.62x39mm for all those reasons.
I disagree. I really wanted the Mini-30 for a long time but couldn't ignore the price of the WASR. Finally got a WASR five years ago and still happy with it. As others often say, an AK is an AK. The WASR is rough but odds are you'll be satisfied, jjfuller1.
Funny, exactly the opposite reasoning has kept me from buying a Mini-14 which can be cheaper than a good AR but in this case to me it made sense to go with a good AR. So even though I like the Minis, price one way or the other has prevented me from buying.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together. You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
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