New to me Mini 30

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by CA357, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'm a Mini guy. I've had three Mini 14's. However, recently I started liking the idea of the heavier round in the Mini 30 particularly if SHTF. I got lucky a few weeks back and found a stainless/wood 189 Series Mini 30 for an outstanding price, so I bought it.

    I took it out to the range yesterday and fell in love with it. There's no recoil to speak of and it's as accurate as I am offhand. I benched it for a few rounds, but pretty much shot it offhand from a standing position. I fired it even though it got really hot because I wanted to see how it performed hot. It barely threw a few rounds and stayed quite accurate. It will do and I'm very happy with it.

    I got it home and cleaned and lubed it and then I replaced the handguard with a Choate model that I had. I prefer it over the factory guard because it's better ventilated.

    The only mods I'm thinking of at this time are to add a techSIGHT rear sight and possibly a flash suppressor. The factory flip up rear sight just seems like it wouldn't stand up to much abuse. I'm also thinking about possibly installing a John Masen combination front sight/muzzle brake. I'm not sure about that, but I prefer the winged front sight over the single blade. At any rate, it will all have to wait until we've moved and our cash situation is back on the level.

    Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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  2. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    Sweet rifle you got there
     

  3. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    I always wanted a mini.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I've had two Ranch Rifles and one Tactical model. I prefer the sights on the 580 Series over the earlier ones like mine.

    I'm just not an AR guy. I have nothing against them and I think it would be fun to build one. But I just can't seem to get used to a pistol gripped rifle. I had a couple of FALs, and couldn't deal with the pistol grips on them either. I also had problems with the op rod on the left side.

    Mini's, M1's, M1A's and M1 Carbines fit me just right.

    (I'm kinda' old ;) )
     
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  5. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    For .223 I wouldn't choose a Mini 14 since the AR-15 is so amazingly reliable and customizable.

    But for 7.62x39 I think I would seriously consider a Mini-30 over an AK or Saiga!! I really like wood stocks, too!
     
  6. masterPsmith

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    Don,
    It's always good to see someone happy with another Mini. Now that you have both calibers, you are good to go. Looks like you're still packing, can tell by the boxes !!

    Jim............
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Yup, packing away. We go Friday. :D
     
  8. JTJ

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    Don: Here is mine. It has the Amega front rail and I found an AK74 style muzzle brake for it.
     

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  9. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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  10. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Pretty. But now stick to the brass 7.62x39 it is reliable with...
     
  11. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    HockaLouis, let me guess, you're an AR guy.

    Here's a news flash for you. I was in the service when the M16 came into service. They were crap and they stayed crap for a long time. They've improved greatly over the years and that's fine. They're just not for me. I don't spend time knocking them or stating that the Mini is better, life is too short for such bullsh*t. If you need to inject yourself into this thread, then try to add something useful.

    When I took it for its first range trip, I shot two types of steel (Wolf & Tula) and brass as well. It ate them all just fine. This is my fourth mini and all of them ate steel cased ammo without a hiccup. It's a dependable platform and I have history with it.
     
  12. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Keep guessing my angry old rube.

    In any case, play on words intended (like many things I know you won't get that -- just move on), the Ruger 30 owners manual you don't have and wouldn't read or understand if you did apparently, says to use U.S., i.e. brass, ammo. And for a reason. They are so much less reliable with steel ammo to the extent that the point had to be made to customers.

    I couldn't care what bad things happen to you now CA357 and, heaven forgive me, I actually hope they do, but there are other readers here who are decent folk.
     
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  13. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I get sick of the AR/Mini arguments, the 9mm vs .45ACP arguments, the Glock vs anything else wars and so on. Your post came across as smartazz to me. If I misunderstood your post, I apologize for my rant.