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Old 10-06-2013, 02:41 AM   #1
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I have always wanted a mini 14 but have always went with the ar because of accuracy. I have a bolt gun to reach out and touch things with a 223 round and I think it is high time I break down and get me a mini. I'm thinking used, that way I can tinker with it some to get the accuracy where I'd like it. Anybody know what the minis are going for these days used?

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Old 10-06-2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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It all depends on where you are located.

Around here (WA) I see them from $400 and up.

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I don't know what used mini's cost now, but I can tell you, whatever you do get a 580 series, not an older 180 series if you care for accuracy.

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The yellow brick road must be leading to WA. Seriously, I haven't seen them below $600 since the dear leader got reelected. The heartland prices.

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I'm not too worried about accuracy at this particular moment. I have a 223 howa that is damned accurate, so I am wanting reliability right now. I want something that over the next few months I can throw a few bucks into and some time and make it accurate for what I will be using it for.

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i almost shied away from the mini because of the inaccuracy rumors....i'm really glad I got one anyway.

my 580 tapered barrel, with a bit of tweaking will do 2" and under regularly. its just a fun little gun that shoots well enough to do just about anything you need it to imo. I am convinced that 90% of those who complain about the accuracy 1) heard it from someone else 2) had a much older mini and never tried to mod it 3) wonder why they get 4" groups (while shooting total garbage ammo with no rifle training to boot...)

idk...I can't speak for everybody...but I think the mini has never let me down accuracy wise.... mine is not a tack driver....but certainly a capable rifle for most any practical purpose that comes to mind....

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You don't necessarily have to get a newer series Mini, if you can get an older pencil barrel one accuracy can be just fine with the addition of a strut. If the price on a used Mini is decent just figure in an extra $100 or so for a strut. Other mods such as smoothing the trigger, reducing the overgassing and adding buffers, re torquing the gas block, etc, are pretty inexpensive, like about $3 if you do the work yourself. See my thread below "Improving the Mini". Mine now shoots 1 1/2"-1 3/4" with just about any off the shelf ammo, and with Match bullet hand loads around 1" groups. Vertical stringing is pretty much a thing of the past , and the barrel doesn't get as hot either.

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I've always wanted the mini 14 because that's what the "A-Team" used!


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And just when I have decided to get me a mini, I ran into a man with a great deal on an AR15. Decisions decisions...

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Proud new owner of a ruger mini14 195 ranch rifle...

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