Open reflex sight for mini 14

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by karateguy28, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. karateguy28

    karateguy28 New Member

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    Hi all, was wondering what was a good open reflex sight for the ruger mini 14. It will need to mount to an Ultimak rail. I am aware of the Burris fastfire series. Are there any others? I would like the reflex red dot sight to be open (like a little window). No tube/scope suggestions please. Thank you in advance!
     
  2. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    out of curiosity what is your price range? that makes a huge difference with the range of optics available.

    as you already know, i can't help you much. do you have a big sporting goods store (cabelas, bass pro) where you can get the opportunity to look through several different models?

    i always try to narrow it down to a half dozen scopes/red dots through research and reviews, then i do my best to get my mitts on as many as i can. you can never really know till you look through them & handle them yourself.

    sorry, best advice i can offer with my limited experience with red dots/reflex sights. it is a mess out there with so many models/brands to chose from. its really overload sometimes.

    good luck. :cool:
     

  3. JonM

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    any reason for not considering a true 1-4 or an aimpoint?? you give up a lot of capability limiting yourself like that. but its your choice :)


    the lightest toughest no magnification optic is the trijicon rmr. ive got the rmr08 i think i would go with the battery powered model
     
  4. CardiacColt68

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    I went through this for months. Depending on your use for the gun there are several good options. A Trijicon 1-4 as Jon recommends or a comparable scope from Leupold or a handful of other companies are good options if you need magnification and want a scope over the action. Plus you can use the 1x and illumination for close range work. A scout scope is decent if you want limited magnification for short range shooting. A forward mounted red dot is good for short range and quick acquisition. It really just depends on how you plan to use the gun, and what your budget is.


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  5. kbd512

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  6. karateguy28

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    This is exactly the type of optic I was referring to! Thank you very much for this. Is there anything similar but slightly cheaper? I paid almost that for the gun itself, lol. I'm willing to spend about $250 max. If not, I'm willing to save up for the trijicon rmr. Can anyone attest to the reliable and quality of the trijicon rmr? Thank you in advance.
     
  7. karateguy28

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    Or this one: TruGlo® Multireticle/Tru-Brite. It's about $130.00
     
  8. donthav1

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    my local wal mart has a little bushnell reflex sight for about $130 I believe
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In your price range of $250 the only game in town is the Burris Fastfire III. anything less is probably a waste of money. Next up are the Trijicons at about 2x the price.
     
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    honestly, they always seem to get good reviews, this is the way i would go. they even have a mount for the mini 14, if you aren't getting the scout rail.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/41...ot-sight-mount-ruger-mini-14-ranch-only-matte
     
  12. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Quality optics cost money. Sometimes the cost is as much as or more than the weapon they're mounted to. Save your money up. Trijicon optics, like Aimpoint optics, are worth the money. Purchase the model that permits you to manually adjust the brightness setting (the RM06 model).

    Don't purchase something you're not completely satisfied with. Instant gratification only feels good once. Durability, excellent performance, and lifetime warranty feel good every time you need them (which would be every time you use your optic).

    If you're completely satisfied with the durability and performance of a less costly optic, then that's the optic for you. If not, don't settle. Save your money, spend more time analyzing what's going to work best for you, and then buy.

    Edited post to add content:

    Here you go:

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=423739821

    If you can find better prices, then by all means take the better deal. It's the same product, no matter how much you fork over for it.
     
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  13. JTJ

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    Like I stated, a waste of money. Fine if you want to try out the concept before you invest in a good optic. I bought a cheap pistol scope to try out the scout concept but I have a Burris 2.5x24 EER scope on the way for my Mini. The cheap scope will go on a 22 lr pistol.If the OP has not tried a scout scope set up, I would suggest he do so before spending the money on the dot. I tried both and ordered a scope.
     
  14. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    Maybe I need a second Mini with a scout scope.


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  15. hawkguy

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    you're probably right...i was just having fun, not seriously suggesting that product! personally, i gave up on red dots and holo sights, cause most of the ones in my price range are mediocre to crap....while the truly good ones are way out of my comfort zone price wise. :eek: and honestly, i think the red dot and holo market in general is ridiculously overpriced!

    that's why i love a good 1-3 or 1-4 scope. get some magnification to reach out, and the option of using the 1X as irons. no batteries required. :p also, i think there is a good bit of quality in the scope market in my price range.

    all my opinion, of course.
     
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  16. JTJ

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    The Burris only weighs about 7 oz plus the rings. No batteries and very rugged in fixed power. Heavy cross hairs. The forward mount and long eye relief allows both eyes to be open and the pick up is very quick. Stay with 2x or 2.5x. Too much power is not your friend on the scout system. It was meant to be a simple, rugged short to medium range system not a 600 yard gun. If you can shoot irons at 100 you can shoot a 2.5x at 300.
     
  17. karateguy28

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    I think this may be what I will end up purchasing. Solid reviews, fair price, good company. Thank you all.
     
  18. hawkguy

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    just browsing around, i got a chance to look through the rmr, fastfire, and a redfield reflex sight.

    honestly, just upon a quick look, i was fairly impressed with all of them. prices ranged from $199-420.

    for the $, i think i favored the fastfire, although i thought the redfield looked very good also. again, this was just from a quick look through. i like the fact that the fast fire III is a 3MOA dot.
     
  19. JTJ

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    I have a 1-4x24 on my AR. It has a #4 reticle with a 1moa red dot. There are several available now in all kinds of price ranges. In the $200 range the Bushnell AR 1-4x24 with an illuminated horseshoe reticle and BDC looks decent. The bigger horseshoe and center dot makes it easier to acquire a target at close range. There is also the Precision 1-6x24 with an interesting reticle that gives you windage, lead and ranging for about $270. You pretty much have to be on the highest power to use a BDC but if you need it you need the magnification anyway. Neither scope compares to a Trijicon 1-4x in quality. The 1-4x would have to be mounted over the receiver on the Mini which means it has to be removed for field stripping.
     
  20. hawkguy

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    hey, jt. do you have any experience with this scope?

    http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/97...-_-pf_ci_google-_-pf_ci_google-_-pf_ci_google