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Old 10-06-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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I picked these 2 up a couple of days ago. Both are the newer Tactical Mini 14 Models, one in Stainless, and one in blue. Both are identical except for finish. The blued model has a slightly longer over all length.

I have a NRA Edition Mini 14 I got a couple years ago when they came out. It has the Hogue Overmolded stock with the gold NRA Medallion set in the pistol grip. Both of these have the standard synthetic stock. The Ruger Mini's are some of the most pure "fun guns" out there. The blued model came without scope rings and 2, 20 round magazines. The Stainless model came with rings and one 20 round magazine. I'm planning on not scoping them, and running them with iron sights. The sights supplied are adjustable, large aperture, front protected blade type.

These newer models have the thicker barrels, along with Ruger's improved method of attaching the gas block that is supposed to help eliminate tweaking and stress in the barrel itself. This caused a lot of the older models to walk all over the target as the barrel heated up from a lot of continuous rapid fire. The newer models are much more stable, and more accurate in that regard. The guns are typical Ruger and built like a tank, and the actions cycle nice and smooth. I've handloaded a ton of .223 / 5.56 MM so I'm anxious to get them to the range next week. The weather is finally starting to break here. It was just 63 degrees this morning. It's time to get out and shoot after a long, hot Summer!
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:24 AM   #2
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Very nice!
I'm picking up a new stainless Tactical tomorrow...quite excited
How does the standard Ruger synthetic stock compare to the Hogue OM?

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Old 10-07-2011, 10:28 PM   #3
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I realy like the look of that blued Tactical, I think i might have to add one of those to my cabinet

Ive got both factory synthetic and Hogue for my standard mini, and honestly go back and forth from time to time. I find they offer a completely different feel. The factory stock is thin and trim making the rifle feel smaller and carbine like, the OM is more along the lines of a full size rifle. Both stocks are pretty good quality, but the OM didnt fit my rifle as well as the stocker did. Bedded it dosent mater.

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How does the standard Ruger synthetic stock compare to the Hogue OM? paulw
I like the Hogue a bit better because of it's soft, "grippy" feel. But with that said the Ruger standard stock fits and works well. It has a really nice non slip butt pad on it. The rifles look to be built extremely rugged.
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There are 2 guns in the firearms world that I did a complete turnaround on over the years. One is the Glock, and the other is the Ruger Mini 14. For years I regarded them as useless, inaccurate, and offered nothing that an AR-15 couldn't do more of, better than. I always liked the looks of the Mini, but hated the inaccuracy, and the fact Ruger wouldn't sell Hi-Cap magazines to the public. I was being overly judgemental. I finally gave in to temptation when Ruger realized the error of their ways, and started offering 20 round magazines to the public, after years of having to tow the line enforcing Bill Rugers foolish, outdated policies that weren't ever in step with gun owners.

If Bill Ruger is turning over in his grave with these new high capacity Tactical Models, so be it. The guns are what they always should have been. The Mini 14 begs to be shot, and shot a lot. Aftermarket magazines never worked worth a damn in these rifles, and most likely never will. I think if Ruger would have offered them all along they would have sold a lot more of these weapons. I remember when they first came out, they weren't even offered for sale to the general public, only law enforcement. Now it's one of the companies best selling models.

It's not the kind of rifle you would take on a 300 yard prairie dog hunt, but for fun at the range it's pretty hard to beat. It's rugged, reliable, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg to shoot. It seems the older I get the more informal, general target shooting appeals to me. These new Ruger Mini 14's are just what the doctor ordered. I'm guessing they'll be going through a lot of ammo in the months to come.

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I had both of them out yesterday. This was shot at 100 yards, (both rifles) 16 rounds each with the factory iron sights and my 59 year old eyes. 2 different handloads were used. The first was a 55 Gr. WW FMJBT over 25.0 Gr. of AA 2230-C. The second load was a 55 Gr. Lake City FMJBT over 25.7 Gr. of H-335. I fired equal amounts of each load in both rifles, 33 rounds total. I think I loaded an extra round in the Stainless Model, I can't remember.

I never touched the sight adjustment on either gun. Both were shot as they came from the box. No adjustment was necessary. Both guns functioned flawlessly with not one single FTF or FTE. The 25.7 Gr. load of H-335 was substantially hotter. Brass was ejected about 20 feet to the right, and 5 feet to the rear. The 25.0 Gr. loading of AA 2230-C was slightly less, but functioned both rifles just as well. The wind was around 7 to 15 MPH and the temp was right around 70 to 75 degrees.

All in all I'm very pleased. With a good scope and mounts, and match grade ammunition, these guns could easily be capable of much better. I had no trouble ringing 12" steel plates at 200 yards with either gun with the factory sights. All total I put around 160 rounds downrange with each rifle. All the 20 round Ruger factory magazines supplied with both rifles performed flawlessly as well. The mags are a little trickier to remove than an AR-15 magazine, but once you get the hang of it they're not bad at all. You have to get in the habit of rocking them forward, then pull them back and out. They then come out very easily. Overall it was a good day, and there were no issues with either gun. After a good cleaning and lubrication these actions are really slick. If anyone is still hung up on the inaccuracy of the Ruger Mini 14, you might want to reconsider. These guns are quite a bit more accurate than the older models.
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HEY, LOOK!! Black and white twins!!!!!!! Too cool!

Yeah. I am still hung up on the accuracy of the old minis. I have always loved the looks of 'em, but one, could NEVER get over the inaccuracy of them. I had shot more than one and i always came away with the overall feeling of "Mini 14, the best scatter gun money can buy" attitude. and two; old man Bill shot himself and co. in the arse by writting the mag. capacity portion of the awb. as far as i am/was concerned. i SWORE i would NEVER own a Ruger. (i broke that pledge a couple months ago by hunting down and snatching up a semi 44 carbine)

I also know what you mean by your take on after market mags.

If they shoot as well as your saying i may have to reconsider and look into a newer style Mini 30. I would like to get my hands on a "tactical" weapon chambered in 308. (among many others on the fmj wish list )

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Neat rifles---enjoy!

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