I don't claim to know a lot about the mini 14, reading most of the posts has been very interesting. I had a mini 14 for over a year and hunted two coyote seasons with it. In Iowa we hunt from trucks, scare them up, chase them down and shoot them on the run. Obviously the good ol' boys in the group are very successful at doing this with bolt-action rifles, I felt like I needed a semi-automatic that gave me as many chances as possible. When I zeroed the gun in the best groups I got were the size of a volleyball at 100 yards. I thought for sure the scope was loose or something. It wasn't. I tried three different kinds of ammo and reduced the grouping size a little, but still nowhere near the size I had expected. I recently sold my mini 14 and bought a Remington VTR in a .243. Much more accurate, but now I feel like I it's one shot and done, if I miss, the critter is gone. I'm torn, I want a semi-auto; don't want to spend the money for an AR, and want something more accurate than my mini 14. What are some of the cheapest fixes that improve the accuracy the most on the mini's?