NEW Ruger NRA Mini-14

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by coltm4, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. coltm4

    coltm4 New Member

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    anyone hear about the new mini-14 that came out this year. it comes with a hogue overmold stock, 16 inch barrel and -get this- 2 ruger factory 20 round mags! ruger is using the sales of this rifle to gauge the marketability of their factory high cap mags. i don't think they'll have a problem. i'm an AR guy myself but this rifle seems to have some potential.
     
  2. Righteous

    Righteous New Member

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    theres a write up about it in the american rifleman magazine
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The barrel is thicker with a different profile than previous models in an effort to reduce harmonics/vibration and so gain accuracy. It's a 16.5" barrel.

    I just bought a new Mini 14 L.E. model a few months ago. While it has the short barrel, it's not the new profile one. :(
     
  4. G21.45

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    :confused: Potential? I don't know! The Mini-14 has always been Ruger's, 'illegitimate child' of an assault rifle. It's famous for being inaccurate; the old ones always seem to creak, rattle, and groan; and, the magazines have always been either a problem or an issue.

    (And, they shall continue to be so!)

    When Ruger dressed up their, 'illegitimate child' they should have finally made it compatible with everybody else's AR-15 magazines; but, what the hey, THAT would have been just too sensible. :rolleyes:
     
  5. coltm4

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    I hear what you're saying. I wouldn't buy one to replace my AR. it just seems like an interesting rifle to own and shoot. that would be great if it could take AR mags. It also seems like a decent compromise for agencies that are afraid of "black rifles".
     
  6. h&k bigdaddydieseldan

    h&k bigdaddydieseldan New Member

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    Well if you were going to buy a mini14 at least you are donating to a great cause to help defeat the anti gunners :D:D:cool::cool:
     
  7. billt

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    This is an NRA Edition Mini 14 I picked up last month. I scoped it with a Bushnell Trophy 3-9X 40MM with a Mil-Dot reticle. This target was shot at 100 yards. Accuracy is about what I expected. I think the thicker barrel at the gas block helps with accuracy somewhat. This gun is a good value when you consider the Hogue Overmolded stock runs around $75.00 and the 2, 20 round magazines go for $50.00 each. That comes to $175.00 in aftermarket extras you get with the gun. If anyone is interested in a Ruger Mini 14, I would suggest the NRA Edition. I hope Ruger does the smart thing with this gun and catalogs these features on a standard model. Bill T.
     
  8. G21.45

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    :) Please don't get me wrong; I like Ruger. My wife even carries a Ruger revolver. But, in all perfect honesty, if either my AR or AK shot a 100 yard group like that I'd promptly get rid of it. Heck, I've owned two (admittedly glass-bedded) SKS rifles that could have cut the illustrated group size in half.

    I'll agree that the price is right; but, Ruger really could (and should) have come out with a much better tactical rifle. I mean - what the hay - Smith & Wesson and SIG/Sauer both did! ;)
     
  9. coltm4

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    i was just watching a show on Pelican Bay prison. i noticed the guards in the towers were carrying Mini-14s with no optics. one of them scored a head shot on a prisoner while he (the prisoner) was stabbing another inmate. this was from a tower looking down on the yard. i don't think i'd be confident enough to make that shot with a mini-14. then again, the yard was full of inmates.
     
  10. G21.45

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    :rolleyes: Ahh, go ahead and risk it - Take the shot!

    After all, how much harm can you do?

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    (Downward angle, inside 100 yards, 6" + target. Piece of cake!) :D
     
  11. billt

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    Yeah, Yeah. I got a bunch of AR-15's that will shoot rings around it as well. But they aren't Mini 14's. Personally, I've seen MANY AK's that only were good for bumper jack handles, and NONE shot any better than what I've got posted from the Mini 14. Bill T.
     
  12. nick500ss

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    I would like to disagree with all the inaccuracy remarks on the mini 14, I have an older mini (1988) with the 18 3/4 inch barrel and I'm shooting 2 inch groups at 100 yards. The scope I have is just a cheap tasco 3-9 x40mm, nothing special.
     
  13. GoodeTXSG

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    NRA Mini-14

    Hello,
    I have fired the AR/15 M/16 and Mini 14 both pre 2006 version and the current. The accuracy is quite a bit better with the new version. I highly recommend this rifle, a few modifications make it far superior. With a flash dispersal on the barrel, or a new thicker barrel if you want to go all out... and the new trigger that has more than 1 lb of trigger pressure removed from the pull... this gun gets the job done. I have put mine through the ringer in testing it out after having the old version of the rifle. I am hooked...

    Custom Ruger Mini 14 30 Rifles Accuracy Systems Gunsmith

    PS, those of you who are haters of the Mini 14 need to revisit the new model and what its capable of. Note, in time of need 223 will be fare more available that you tuna can SKS/AK ammo.

    SPC J.C. Goode
    Texas Army State Guard
    C4I, 2nd Bt, 19th Reg
     
  14. wildbillfromca

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    I love the new Mini-14

    I was shooting my buddy's new Mini-14 yesterday. It's vastly superior to the mini I owned 20 years ago. Here's a little clip:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWp-z_z3kI]YouTube - Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle[/ame]
     
  15. DSAPT9

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    I own a NRA Mini and have been able to get 5 shot groups down to 1.25 at 100 with good factory ammo. Wolf still shoots around 2 to 2.25. This is so much better than the old ones I had. I won mine so I can’t complain. Remember Mil spec is 4 in at 100 so it is a good battle rifle.
     
  16. Kaptin

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    NRA Mini-14

    I have the NRA Mini-14 and have been very happy with it. I like it better than my AR15 in some respects, for one thing it will shoot Wolf ammo with out the case getting stuck, and I don't have to keep it clean to function properly. Its rock solid reliable and accurate enough for any kind of hunting I do. I do notice a difference in accuracy with different ammo, mine seems to like heavier bullets.
    This is going to be my next one.
    Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifles & Mini Thirty Rifles*Autoloading*Rifle (M-14/20CF) Overview
     
  17. jimbcac

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    In defense of Wolf .223 ammo

    I am holding right now in my powderstained hand a round of Wolf
    Performance Ammunition .223. I have just finished firing over
    100 rounds of it in my back yard through a 2009 manufactured
    Ruger Mini 14. I was using Pro Mag 20 round mags. I had cleaned
    and oiled the gun prior to firing. It went boom 100 times
    with no misfires or problems. It also kept each mag in a fist size circle
    at 100' (Yes that is 100 feet. While I do have a range here on my
    place, expecting to just step off of my back deck into a 100 YARD range
    is more then I can afford)..
    I have fired 500 rounds of Wolf .223 over the past few months. I have had
    ONE jam..yer typical stovepipe...Now while I do not expect that I can
    shoot thumbnale size hole 20 round groups at 100 yards with this gun and ammo. I do not think that an unmodified mini 14 will do that either. SOOO
    the answer is for shootin rats, or paper targets, (or my favorite is
    club soda 2 litres, but that gets EXPENSIVE) Wolf .223 works fine.
    I have TRIED to scrape that lacquer off of the cases, but I do not think
    that Wolf uses it any more. IT is just decent cheap (by modern standards)
    steel cased ammo. Ya gets what ya pays for..However even after paying
    close to $700 for the new Mini I do not feel am doing it any great
    harm by blasting a few mags of cheap ammo now and again....After all
    if I had to pay 40 cents a round I would not get to shoot that often now
    would i??
    I am sure Sturm Ruger would disagree with each and every word above, however, maybe they just never TRIED any WOlf .223..

    Jim in Gold Bar
     
  18. howard

    howard New Member

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    Mini 14

    I just obtained a mini 14 and was wondering how you could tell the age of the rifle. Any help would be appreciated
     
  19. doctherock

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    I bought mine and it came with 4 20 round mags, picked it up earlier this year.
     
  20. rifleman55

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    The old Mini's were known for not being accurate.
    The new one's, once you get a decent trigger job and the gas block torqued correctly will shoot 2" fairly easily with good ammo, about what a standard AR will shoot.

    I have worked my Tactical over pretty well and it shoots .9", 5 shots @ 100.

    Ruger is just having some real QC problems now.

    I love the rifle, but will never buy another Ruger.

    I won't go into it, because I could write 4 pages on the problems with them and I'm trying to stay away from doing that.

    If you buy one, do so at your own risk.

    If you like keeping it stock, you should be fine, Ruger will fix them all day long if stock, but modify it and when it breaks, Ruger will remove any non stock item or modified parts. Put a custom barrel on it and Ruger will refuse to even work on it.
    This would not be a problem except for parts that Ruger will not sell to anyone, such as the Firing pin, which do break far too often. The aftermarket FP that is sold breaks at about 500 rounds.

    Ruger hates me, I'm a gunsmith and have some real knowledge on what is going on with the Mini. I've done lots of research and posted about it and I'll never own another. This is just my opinion, you are free to get whatever gun you like.
    It's kind of a roll of the dice, either you get a good one or a lemon. I hope you get good one's if you decide to get one.

    John K
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2010