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Old 07-20-2014, 01:53 AM   #31
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Glad this thread was started. I love my mini in 5.56 and had thought about picking up a mini 30, but now I'm hesitant. Has anyone shot the mini chambered in 6.8?
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Glad this thread was started. I love my mini in 5.56 and had thought about picking up a mini 30, but now I'm hesitant. Has anyone shot the mini chambered in 6.8?
I am guessing that you have not had any of the identified issues FTF or light strikes in your mini 14? Have you utilized varied types of ammo?
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I am guessing that you have not had any of the identified issues FTF or light strikes in your mini 14? Have you utilized varied types of ammo?
In my mini 14 I have never experienced any light strikes or malfunctions of any type. Yes, I've shot various types of ammo. It's had the good stuff and it's had the junk.
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Glad this thread was started. I love my mini in 5.56 and had thought about picking up a mini 30, but now I'm hesitant. Has anyone shot the mini chambered in 6.8?

A Mini in something like the 6.8 SPC or a .243 sounds really nice. But the 6.8 is discontinued. How bad would it hurt to have a good smith take a Mini and turn it into a .243, 6.5, or just something along those lines that has readily available ammo? Is it even worth considering as a project? I really like my 5.56 Mini, but something with a little more knock down power and/or range wouldn't be bad.


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A Mini in something like the 6.8 SPC or a .243 sounds really nice. But the 6.8 is discontinued. How bad would it hurt to have a good smith take a Mini and turn it into a .243, 6.5, or just something along those lines that has readily available ammo? Is it even worth considering as a project? I really like my 5.56 Mini, but something with a little more knock down power and/or range wouldn't be bad.


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Was that not the idea of the mini 30? Ruger seems to have failed in that quest.
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Yeah, maybe just buying a Springfield M1A is the answer. That would be a nice compliment to a Mini 14.


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A Mini in something like the 6.8 SPC or a .243 sounds really nice. But the 6.8 is discontinued. How bad would it hurt to have a good smith take a Mini and turn it into a .243, 6.5, or just something along those lines that has readily available ammo? Is it even worth considering as a project? I really like my 5.56 Mini, but something with a little more knock down power and/or range wouldn't be bad.
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It would be a lot cheaper and simpler to get one of these.
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Glad this thread was started. I love my mini in 5.56 and had thought about picking up a mini 30, but now I'm hesitant. Has anyone shot the mini chambered in 6.8?
i think if i were to buy one, it would be the Mini 30. though the 6.8 would be pretty neat to have, but it looks like it wasn't around for very long.

a friend of mine brought his son's Mini 30 over for me to mount a new scope and sight it in for him. his son has taken three deer with that rifle so far. one shot drops on those deer, at under 100 yards. very sweet shooting rifle, but it will eject the empties about 10-12 feet from the rifle. his son's rifle is one of the older ones with the walnut stock instead of the synthetics like the newer ones. i'd have to order an aftermarket walnut stock, because IMO, the synthetic stock on the Mini 30 looks like crap.
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i think if i were to buy one, it would be the Mini 30. though the 6.8 would be pretty neat to have, but it looks like it wasn't around for very long.

a friend of mine brought his son's Mini 30 over for me to mount a new scope and sight it in for him. his son has taken three deer with that rifle so far. one shot drops on those deer, at under 100 yards. very sweet shooting rifle, but it will eject the empties about 10-12 feet from the rifle. his son's rifle is one of the older ones with the walnut stock instead of the synthetics like the newer ones. i'd have to order an aftermarket walnut stock, because IMO, the synthetic stock on the Mini 30 looks like crap.
I liked that mini 30 so much that I sometimes consider giving it another try thinking it might be different next time. An M1A would be an obvious resolution but every time I get $800-900 I buy something else and never save enough to get the Springfield.
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Yeah, maybe just buying a Springfield M1A is the answer. That would be a nice compliment to a Mini 14.


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I love the m1a. Wish it wasn't so damn expensive to mount optics on though.
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