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Hookin11 03-01-2012 03:45 AM

Rifle
 
Am looking into getting a small rifle. More like a truck gun. I like the looks of a Mini-14 but haven't heard of good accurate reviews. Anyone have a recommendation of that over an AR..? Also, cost to shoot is cheaper with a .223, but would an AR-10 be the way to go..?

tiberius10721 03-01-2012 04:31 AM

If you really want a good truck gun the ar 15 platform is the last thing you want to carry around in your truck. AR -15 is a great rifle but they require a lot of cleaning and maintnance. I loved shooting my M-16 A2 in the Army but for it to function with any reliability I had to keep it very clean and well lubricated in other words not my idea of an ideal truck gun. The Ruger mini 14 is a fine rifle that will probably suit your needs better as a truck gun.

big shrek 03-01-2012 04:54 AM

Truck gun in an unknown state...
the only semi-auto that's 50-state legal that'll take a beating...
AND you won't care if it takes a beating...
is the Hi Point carbine...any caliber.

Or grab a beat-up used Marlin 336 lever-gun from a pawn shop...won't cost more than $200 in .30-30...
they're made tough as Abrams Tanks, there are aftermarket synthetic stocks for cheap if you want 'em...
and they're really precise...tend to be the ones Cowboy Shooters use to win SASS competitions.
It is the Original Assault Rifle...we sure assaulted the heck outta indigenous tribes with 'em to great effect! ;)

Ranger-6 03-01-2012 05:07 AM

For the truck, get a 12 gauge double barrel sawed-off with a pistol grip.

mudpupp 03-01-2012 05:23 AM

Your info on the mini is old. The new series is quite accurate and can be accurized enough for competition. It is very good out of the box.

The mini 14 will shoot everything too. Top of the line 5.56 down to lacquer covered Russian .223 crap rounds.

easy to clean, easy to shoot, new ones can even use 3rd party magazines.

You can special order one through Walmart for just over $600 bucks.

I own AR's and shotguns, but my SHTF and home defense gun is my Mini 14.

The only one I would trade it for would be a Mini 30

TLuker 03-01-2012 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mudpupp (Post 724946)
Your info on the mini is old. The new series is quite accurate and can be accurized enough for competition. It is very good out of the box.

The mini 14 will shoot everything too. Top of the line 5.56 down to lacquer covered Russian .223 crap rounds.

easy to clean, easy to shoot, new ones can even use 3rd party magazines.

You can special order one through Walmart for just over $600 bucks.

I own AR's and shotguns, but my SHTF and home defense gun is my Mini 14.

The only one I would trade it for would be a Mini 30


Ditto what muddpup said. Go to the mini section at the top of the page and look up mini accuracy. I don't think a mini will ever be as accurate as a good AR, but I've been very happy with the accuracy of mine. I'm getting 1" groups all day long at 100 yards with decent ammo. Just make sure you get the newer version.:)

Quentin 03-01-2012 11:21 PM

Also the information on ARs needing a lot of cleaning and maintenance is wrong. AR or mini, choose the one you like, you'll be ok. My choice is the AR but go with what you want. Again, you'll be ok.

Ryadew3468 03-02-2012 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ranger-6
For the truck, get a 12 gauge double barrel sawed-off with a pistol grip.

Why? So he can break his wrist?

JonM 03-02-2012 08:01 PM

depends on your intended use. if its a ranch and you need it to down hogs or yotes or other 4 legged vermin then 556 is fine. if its for oh sht this @sshat is blocking me in NOW HE HAS A GUN AND SHOOTING FROM COVER!!!!! then 556 isnt so good.

my idea if a great truck gun:

Marlin 1895GBL in 45-70govt. they also come in stainless.

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5803/img0174dq.jpg

dks7895 03-02-2012 08:11 PM

In my opinion, a truck gun needs to be tough and capable of taking care of business when needed. For some this could be a 12 gauge shotty, 30-30 or a 22. It all depends on what kind of "critters" you need to manage. What ever you select it should have iron sights. Cheap optics can't take the abuse and I wouldn't want to abuse good ones. A 12 gauge shotty with full choke and some #4s will take care of things nicely.


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