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Old 07-01-2012, 04:23 AM   #11
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What is the general price range for a new mini anyway the msrp is way up there and I'm still deciding between getting a mini or an ar and from the looks of it so far the ar is looking cheaper to me....
AR's, generally speaking, are not cheaper than a mini 14. a brand new mini at our wal mart is $660 (up from the $607 it was about 4 months ago). at a lgs, a standard blue is 675 and stainless 725. i don't know about tacticals, but like i said it seems cdnn is throwing good deals right now.

ONLY the LEAST expensive AR's compete with a mini's price. i paid the same for my S&W M&P sport as for my mini, but there are not many AR's out there as cheap as the sport (mostly just dpms, which gets sketchy reviews). most AR's START at $800 and then work their way up into the grand area.

that said, in recent years, the AR's keep going down and the mini keeps going up. not a good trend if the mini wants to continue to compete in the market.
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I was looking for one myself, I seen them new for around 800, and used at around 450 500, I was at a gun show 2 months ago, and I should of picked it up at 550 it was a tactical and nice. The mini 30 is 7.62 and cost about the same, but I have not seen many used.
800 is more than you pay for a stainless mini around here. i think the target is only $825 last time i checked. i have seen a few overpriced places selling minis for 800+, but they were overpriced on everything.
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I have not seen a mini 14 in wally world for quite some time, but i wonder if i can order one. That tatical one i seen looked great. Im not a fan of the adjustable stock. The dont make long enough one for my arms.

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Ha well we will always have those shoulda coulda woulda moments. Im leaning towards an sks right now. To me it's a good bang for the buck rifle and I don't know of any clear advantages the mini has over the sks
I could ne butchering the spelling but that show was selling "saiga" ak's .223 for around 350 new. A rugar used is about 500. Peope sware by rugars, it could be just prefence.
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Ruger has good customer service for their minis as long as it has not been modified too much like an aftermarket barrel.

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Yeah. I just feel like the mini is no longer a bang for the buck kind of gun. It seems like its gone up to the point where ou could practically build an ar 15 (very basic yes but It could be done) for the same price.

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Im probally the few of the new breed that still likes the look of classic wood stock.

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Yeah. I just feel like the mini is no longer a bang for the buck kind of gun. It seems like its gone up to the point where ou could practically build an ar 15 (very basic yes but It could be done) for the same price.
maybe, but not really. like i said, dpms is basically the only AR company that i know of that competes with a mini's price at this point. i heard too many mixed reviews on the dpms to take a chance. also keep in mind the $100 extra you have to spend just to put sights on some stripped ARs.

the average AR still costs between 100-300 more than a mini 14. the so called high quality AR's get into a thousand+ for the most part.

if you want an AR for the same price as a mini, i do suggest the S&W sport. it has been a great rifle for me so far. it truly is price competitive to the mini, coming with sights & ready to go. considering both a mini and the S&W are both about $650 (and the s&w comes with sights), you are actually comparing apples to apples here. of course, i got a stainless mini for the same price as my AR.

i'm not completely disagreeing with you, i think the mini prices have gone up too much lately. but the mini is still normally less expensive than a quality AR., with only a few of the least expensive AR's competing in price.
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Im probally the few of the new breed that still likes the look of classic wood stock.
put me in this club.....i love the look of wood & steel! another thing i love about my mini.

i have wood stocks on every long gun i have....cept my black nasty AR....

couldn't stand the plastic on my mossberg 930......
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looking back at it, i can hardly beleive these prices at cdnn on mini 14s.

are these guns new? tactical $575(599), stainless $599(622), walnut tactical $699?

the stainless is $50-75 less than i paid for mine 2 years ago.
how are they selling new minis at this price? their stainless & tacticals are cheaper than a standard blue model at wal-mart!

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