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Old 05-14-2014, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Finally... Finally bought a Mini-14

I've had the Ruger Mini-14 on my "to buy" list forever (well, since the mid-1970s) but something else always came up to derail me. Last time I was real serious about getting a Mini-14 I got an AR instead.

But it's remained something I wanted - mainly in lieu of an M1 Garand, M1 Carbine and M14/M1A. I love those rifles but for me the smaller Mini-14 and the .223/5.56 caliber make a lot of sense. In fact the Mini-14 is about the size of the M1 Carbine but is chambered in a true rifle caliber not something more fitting of a pistol. The Garand and M1A would be great but honestly I don't need a full size 10-pound battle rifle. I was issued the M14 most of my 3 years in the Army but liked the smaller M16 I had in Vietnam much better. So the Mini-14 is a better fit for me, one I'll actually take out, carry and shoot. I did think about the Mini-30 but already have an AK and SKS. I just wanted the Mini-14 instead.

Anyway ... today at Walmart I found a nice 582 series Ranch Rifle with wood/blue and two 5-round magazines for $699 and couldn't pass it up! I have followed prices lately and that isn't a bad price except I wish it came with two 20-round mags instead, kinda surprising since Idaho doesn't have capacity limits on magazines. Oh well, I do like the flush fit of the 5-rounders so now have to check out CDNN and CTR for Ruger 20-round mags.

Lately the Minis I've seen locally seemed to be the tactical versions but I have the AR already so wanted to keep the Mini-14 more sporting looking. I got to choose between two they had in stock so picked the one with nicer wood.

So, new member of the club! And yeah, I know I've gotta get a picture up soon!

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I had a Mini 14 back in the 80's. Sold it when I graduated from college for some get on down the road of life money.

The current Mini's are much nicer than the one I sold. To mount a scope you had to remove the "peep" sights on the rear and add a big hunk of steel for the scope to clamp onto.

Enjoy your new shooter.

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You stink lol....only because I paid way more than that for my 580 series stainless steel mini 14 during the panic after Newtown. I feel no shame though, because I love the gun. It runs great no matter what ammo I use. Such a great little handy rifle. I love it.

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You stink lol....only because I paid way more than that for my 580 series stainless steel mini 14 during the panic after Newtown. I feel no shame though, because I love the gun. It runs great no matter what ammo I use. Such a great little handy rifle. I love it.
Yeah, that was a rough time to buy! But the shelves were bare and it didn't look like you could ever find another one. Today, they had two Minis and a whole bunch of ARs. Very well stocked with rifles of all kinds. Last week I couldn't find a Mini-14 though, even at Cabela's and Sportsman's Warehouse. My closest Walmart didn't have them either but today I was passing another so stopped in. Glad I did!

Nice looking Mini! Mine looks the same except for blue instead of SS.

I'll start out with iron sights but will have to look at the included rail and rings. I might want to play with a red dot later.
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Yeah, that was a rough time to buy! But the shelves were bare and it didn't look like you could ever find another one. Today, they had two Minis and a whole bunch of ARs. Very well stocked with rifles of all kinds. Last week I couldn't find a Mini-14 though, even at Cabela's and Sportsman's Warehouse. My closest Walmart didn't have them either but today I was passing another so stopped in. Glad I did!

Nice looking Mini! Mine looks the same except for blue instead of SS.

I'll start out with iron sights but will have to look at the included rail and rings. I might want to play with a red dot later.
Same here in regards to the rings. In thinking of grabbing a Nikon pro staff 2x-7xjust to mess around with.
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And btw congrats! That's great that they have come down in price! I've been thinking about another AR or a mini 30. I'd like a new ar, but I don't have anything in 7.62x39

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Sell it quick. You will get ideas for it and then 1 won't be enough and then....

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I hear ya! But don't plan on upgrading much, just a sling and I'll probably move a RDS over from an AR to see how I like that. Honestly though, I want it to stay like a mini version of the M14 I was issued in 1966.

I did order three Ruger 20-rd mags from CDNN. They're a little over $27 which isn't bad. Thought about the 30-rd but it's about $10 more and I like the look of the 20. They also had 10-rd Ruger mags for $29. (Seems odd to charge more for 10s than 20s! A little slap in the face to folks in ban states that can't go over 10 rounds.)

One reason it took me so long to get a Mini-14 was for the same money you can get a real M1 Garand from the CMP. And the M1 Carbine was available for decent prices until lately. The M1A/M14 is twice as much. I knew some day I'd get one of the four and couldn't ignore the Mini-14 looked so much like the M1 Carbine and a handier version of the M14.
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Register your warranty card on line with Ruger and you will get 20% off accessories. Mine has the Ultimak forward rail in place of the top hand guard. It allows you to mount a scout scope or red dot forward of the receiver which makes it easier for field stripping. Also known to increase accuracy.

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Quentin welcome to the Mini world!! I've had mine since 1991. It's been through a few different configs. Started as a Wood Ranch with a stainless barrel. Moved it to a Tapco and then an older ATI which is still on it, with the Ultimak rail, and an ok Bi-pod. I have lots of 20,30, and even 5-40 rd. Mags. My next pick up for it will be to take the weaver 3-9x40 off it and put the Burris AR prismatic( either 332 or 536) on it,..
You will want to get a replacement Gas check(block) I have the Accu-Check, but there are others,..
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