mini choices

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by sagenodland, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

    164
    0
    0
    Thinking for general plinking occasional deer/coyote rifle and semi long range 500-400 yards
    The choices are
    1. Mini 14
    2.Mini 6.8
    3. You guessed it mini 30

    Ammo is reletivly cheap for 556 ammo very cheap for 762 and the most expensive 6.8 ammo
    And do all the rounds use the same magazine because I don't want to spend more than $20 a mag and they should be easy to find/mod to work in a stuff hits the fan scenario
     
  2. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

    238
    0
    0
    A mini 14 shoots 223 or 5.56 ammo. The 5.56 is almost exactly the same but the 5.56 is military and loaded hotter. Good for about 300 yards max. In the mini fourteen acuracy is not the best.
    The mini 30 uses 7.62x39 the same as the old Ak 47. A 308 caliber bullet and good for about the same range.Also not that accurate out of a mini 30 or a AK. And is not the same as a 7.62nato or 308 as the civilian equivelent.
    The 7.62 or 308 is very accurate at 500 yards and above and in a M-14 or socom. Not mini fourteen.
    The 6.8 as far as i know is not chambered in a mini fourteen or mini 30.The mags are not interchangeable.
    Your better of to look at a AR which is way more accurate.Or spend the extra money and move up to a m-14 or socom in 7.62 nato(308)
     

  3. 2hot2handle

    2hot2handle New Member

    803
    0
    0
    No offense but he didn't ask about whether to buy an AR or a Mini. Please don't turn this into a Mine vs AR discussion. I own both an AR and a new model Mini and the accuracy difference is negligible. But then again I'm not going for match grade accuracy.

    IMHO since you want to use the rifle for deer you're going to have to go with either the mini 30 or the 6.8 (yup there is one) because, at least in CO, it is illegal to hunt with anything smaller then a .243. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    If this is to be a potential SHTF rifle, I suggest going with the Mini 14 because of ammunition availability. I'm sure 7.62x39 will be available, but I don't know in what quantities.

    The Mini 6.8 SPC ammunition is costly and not always available. But it will do the job further out than the 14 or the 30.

    What about the Mini 14 as your all around/go to rifle and an inexpensive Bolt action rifle for your varmint/deer getter. There are tons of super cheap bolt guns out there that will do for you.
     
  5. jismail

    jismail Member

    249
    0
    16
    I have never seen a 6.8 advertised before is it a Ruger factory rifle? Is that what is refered to as a 'Grendal'?
     
  6. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

    164
    0
    0
    No it is Remington spc
     
  7. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

    238
    0
    0
    No offense to you to hot to handle but I did not know ruger had chambered a rifle in 6.8.The Question would have been excactly that mini four teen mini 30 or Ar.As far as I know the Ar is the only assualt style rifle the 6.8 comes in.
    It wasnt that long ago my uncle was putting a 6.8 dpms on his Ar for wacking coyotes in oregon.
    The accuracy difference between a mini 14 and a Ar is well known and even if you consider it as you say contrary to the facts negligible even that will become a factor out at 500 yards with a pea shooter of a caliber like A 223.
    The suggestion he buy a mini 14 and a bolt action is the best suggestion as far as i can see. Im going to go see about this ruger chambered for the 6.8 It slipped past me and interests me I knew they brought out a ar style rifle. Remington has some ar style rifles also but since Ar rifles hold little to no interest I didnt look them over in my remington catalogue.Might go see what there calibers are.
    The my rifle is better than yours asumption and accusation realy dont apply since i dont own a Ar nor want one 4 years in the army with the m-16 was way to much dealing with a Ar for me. I dont hold them in high regard. But they are acurrate.I also have no varmit caliber either. Havent had one in over twenty years. I used a 22-250 in a ruger m-77 with a varmiter barrel.It was very accurate at 500 yards But tore to big of holes in the coyotes to sell the pelts.
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
    Here's link to the Ruger website page on calibers. Input 6.8SPC from the drop down menu. Three rifles and an upper are available in 6.8SPC.

    Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
     
  9. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

    238
    0
    0
    I remember when those were revealed at the shot show a while back. They are simular to a Ar rifle. I get a news letter from Guns america and they always have vidoes of the new guns at the shot show every year.
    I did not know they were making a 6.8 upper and I dont know much about the balistics of a 6.8. I recall my uncle liked the 6.8 but I never looked into them.
    But where is the gerand type 6.8 like the mini 14 being talked about in the thread? Did ruger stop building mini 14 and 30 rifles.
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    19,847
    3
    0
  11. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

    238
    0
    0
    I see that and in the 6.8 caliber even.Ruger sneaked up and made a rifle I didnt know about.Dont tell me its been out a long time make me feel even more out of touch.
     
  12. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

    164
    0
    0
    Don't worry it hasn't been so your not too out of touch :p
     
  13. R-BOLT

    R-BOLT New Member

    229
    0
    0
    Whacked a whitetail doe at 130 yards last winter with a mini-14 in the 6.8. Dropped her in her tracks. Have a compact Burris Timberline scope on the mini, makes a nice little deer rifle. Just don't forget to chamber the first round smartly or you will just here a click when you pull the trigger. A lesson learned the hard way, scared my first intended target halfway to the next county, when I tried to chamber the next round.
     
  14. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

    9,552
    159
    63
    The 7.62x39 Russian is loaded with a .310-.311 bullet. I have been checking it out as I just picked up a Mini 30. The new Hornady steel match is .310 as are the Russian rounds I have measured. Trying to get my hands on some other US mfg to check bullet size. The Mini 14 rifles were never meant to be long range. If you want 300 yards +, get a good bolt action in a decent caliber.
     
  15. spook

    spook New Member

    27
    0
    0
    I have had a Mini 14 in 6.8 for two years now. They were not brand new from Ruger when I bought mine. I love it. It is a very comfortable shooter and accurate as I am. The newer minis, especially the 6.8 have thicker barrels and don't suffer from all of the inaccuracies of the earlier models. As someone else said, in Colorado and many other states you cannot legally hunt deer with a .223 or any other .22 caliber rifle.