Mini 14 Skeptic - Part 2

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by Boggy5, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Boggy5

    Boggy5 New Member

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    Traded my VTR .243 and some cash for a Bushmaster AR15. The trade was set up as a trial bases; if you read my first thread, I wanted something in semi-auto with good accuracy, but was didn't want to spend the money for an AR.

    I first got the gun last Thursday, knowing our area was expecting a couple inches of snow before the weekend hunt. I got it shooting a group the size of a silver dollar, 3 inches low at 50 yards, but at that time the snow and wind were picking up and it was getting darker. I called it good enough.

    This is my second full winter of hunting coyotes, with nothing to show for it. Saturday started with me killing my first coyote at 50 yards on a dead run, old hap for the old-timers, but a big deal for a rookie like myself. The day ended with me taking my fourth coyote with a 250 yard, broadside running shot. Needless to say, I'm keeping the AR15, but would still like to add an accurrized mini to my collection. Just thought I'd share the adventure.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I don't understand the Mini 14 skeptic title. Your first post is about hunting and shooting coyotes with an AR.

    Admittedly, I like Mini's. My suggestion is to either sell the one you have or quit pissing and moaning about their accuracy.
     

  3. doctherock

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    CA I love the both barrells approach.
     
  4. Boggy5

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    Notice it says part 2 in the title. That means there was a part 1. I did sell my mini because of the accuracy was so bad, I asked some questions about how to make them better in my original post; in the meantime I took an AR hunting and loved it.
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I read the original thread. However, I must have missed that you sold it. The 580 series rifles are definitely more accurate than the older models. Anyway, the Mini can be accurized, but it will never be as accurate as an AR. It may be quite accurate, but it's still a Mini with all the good and the bad traits that make it what it is.

    The Mini was and in many cases is a Mini 14 Ranch Rifle. That's the secret. It will shoot minute of varmint all day long, but to ask more of it just seems unreasonable. It was never designed to be a tack driver. It was designed to be a fast handling carbine.

    I've never fired a Target model, but I must assume it's somehow more accurate. Maybe pick up a Target model, throw a Mo-Rod on there and call it good.
     
  6. kenhesr

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    Hi Boggy! Sounds like you had a Very Good day! Glad to hear your AR done the job. Keep up the good work! Ken
     
  7. masterPsmith

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    Should of kept the Mini as a second coyote getter. The Mini-14 is a fully capable MOA carbine (scoped) with a little work and the right loads. It just takes a little time and the right combination. You will, at times, find a Mini that will refuse to shoot well regardless of what you do to it. I have only found one to be that way in the last 35 years.


    Jim........
     
  8. KMO

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    What is holding you back Boogy? Go get one & commence to accurizin' man...you're wasting valuable time...:cool:
     
  9. Boggy5

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    Sadly, it's the money I spent on the AR :) I'll probably get one this summer some time, give me time to get some work done on it before winter of next winter.
     
  10. anm2_man

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    +1 - I totally agree - I have a scoped Ranch Rifle (Late 80's vintage) No Mods - just stock, shot several Pig's and Coyotes over the years. I can't do a 2 inch circle @ 100, but I can easily get a 5" circle at that range. :)
     
  11. oprogue

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    ... that was my story at one time. So I sold the AR and ended up with a Mini, 1000 rounds of ammo and more than enough cash to modify the Mini and buy dinner. Deals like that aren't everyday, otherwise I'd buy more ARs and flip them. Sad thing is, there is a forum thread here, that speculates the AR will soon be produced in Asia - possibly reducing its value into the realm of the AK (my interpretation) :confused:

    ... sounds like your collecting though, and that's a different matter altogether many are probably missing. I wouldn't mind having an AR again (to look at, not necessarily shoot - I think I cleaned 'em more than I shot 'em), but I don't necessarily have the extra income to justify it ... that and I'm very content to keep the Mini (after all you can only shoot one at a time).

    Keep your eyes open-there's always a used one at a deal to be had. Someone's always complaining about their accuracy and don't take the time to ask why.
     
  12. cuate

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    Ruger Minis

    I like Ruger firearms, have had many over the years...two Mini 14sand a Mini 30....I enjoyed them all but like many swap and try and experiment...Now an excellent AK, a Galil, and yes, even a good old SKS.

    I also have an AR15, M4 variety, like it also but mostly shoot that with the .22LR conversion....The point is that what one person hates or likes is not universally accepted by all...Wish I still had the Mini-30 !
     
  13. bizy

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    Mini 14

    I had the military mini 14, (M1 carbine) and sold it. I've been kicking my butt every since. Now I have the Ruger Ranch Rifle in the .223 and the 7.62X39. I used them both with and without a scope.. I left the scope on the .223 and use the 7.62 with iron sights..

    Really nice rifles..
     
  14. oneshot

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    I enjoy my ranch rifle a lot and would like to get my hands on the 30 cal. version. Not to get off subjet here but has anyone seen the new scout rifle Ruger has out now?
     
  15. beaglesam

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    Great article in this months (May 2011) American Rifleman.