Ruger Mini-14 Target rifle??

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by MoAmmoPlease, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. MoAmmoPlease

    MoAmmoPlease New Member

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    First off I'm sure disapointed with Ruger's web site. Cannot find any specs on this weapon or the "harmonic Dampener" or what ever they are calling it.

    Does this configuration change the Mini from a 100 yard plinker to a decent target rifle and does changing the set screws on the doo-hicky up front really allow you to adjust for a particular manufacturer's round?

    Well the gun felt pretty good at the gun store and that's usually all I need but at $895.00 without glass I thought I best look into it a little more and though I don't post much you guys always have some great info. TY :)
     
  2. KMO

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    I feel bad that no one has responded to this question. I suppose that's because no one on this forum has direct experience with the Target Model. Here's what I don't get about that version...If the whole "barrel whip" accuracy issue was resolved by the introduction of the new tapered barrel, why did they bother with the Target Model at all? Is it worth the extra money? Not to me. If I was to buy a new one, I think I'd be content with the tapered barrel + just a few extras to ensure accuracy.
     

  3. M14sRock

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    A good friend of mine in CO bought one on a whim. He says it shoots way better than expected, compared to a couple of other Minis he owns.
     
  4. KMO

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    I'm curious...Are his other Mini's of the newer tapered barrel variety?
     
  5. M14sRock

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    Yes. He never owned an old one.
     
  6. KMO

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    Well, maybe it's worth that $895 price tag after all. I think they look kinda funny though...just personal taste...:cool:
     
  7. M14sRock

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    I agree. I've been using Minis for about 30 years and love them, but the Target is a bit odd looking to me. My new Mini shoots great, anyway.
     
  8. MoAmmoPlease

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    Thanks for the imput guys.. I'm not really aware of Rugers attempts at making the Mini a more accurate weapon by tapering the barrel and such not that it hasn't always been a fun gun. The target model is pretty heavy which is to be expected and the harmonic dampener or whatever might just be something else to be messed with. It is a little pricey out of the gate ($895.00) I think is what the shop had them for and then $400 or $500 at the least for a good piece of glass.

    Maybe I will step back and look at bolt action Target/Varmint weapons cause there sure doesn't seem to be much out there in semi. Nature of the beast I guess..:)

    PS... Where does ruger hide the specs for their guns on the Ruger websight. sure is lacking any info of any kind..:confused:
     
  9. Kaptin

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    You tube

    Do a search on YouTube for "Ruger's New MINI-14 Target Rifle" it shows a guy tuning in the harmonic and then hitting a gong at 300 yards. This thing is a real tack driver!
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2010
  10. cpttango30

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    You can get an AR for not much more I paid $959 for my AR shipped to my FFL and I will blow the doors off any mini out there. Just saying.

    The mini has never been known as a accuracy platform.
     
  11. masterPsmith

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    Sounds like a challenge Tango !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Jim.............
     
  12. KMO

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    I just don't get the mentality of posts like this. When someone purchases an AR, do they join a cult at the same time? They seem to think that everyone that owns any other .223 weapon must convert to AR-ology. I thought these useless flaming posts were dicouraged here. Can't the Mini-14 enthusiasts discuss common interests without the cultists inserting their dogma?
     
  13. Kaptin

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    an AR has no SOUL

    I dont understand these kind of post either. Why do people think that you must love the AR. To me they are nothing special at all. I have a much better connection with the Mini-14, it seems to have a soul in my opinion. Owning an AR is like owning a Beretta 9mm, probably a nice pistol, but there are lots of nice pistols that are just as good, and make me feel better when owning them.
     
  14. Kaptin

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    Your $900 AR will not blow the doors off of the Target model in a accuracy contest. A quality AR is a Colt or something over the $1000 price range.
     
  15. Kaptin

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    Target rifle in action

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z89nJ5zA4bI]YouTube - Ruger's New MINI-14 Target Rifle[/ame]
     
  16. cpttango30

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    Here you go.

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    I seen a few accuracy tests with the new mini and it barley shot a 2" group. I guess for a mini that is great.

    My AR has two kills wittnessed one at 225 yards one at 250 yards on Ground hogs. BOTH HEAD SHOTS. I missed one at 275 yards but it was not my gun it was me I was in an odd position and didn't have a good steady rest.

    That thing shoots all over the paper Yes I understand the bloop tube on it.

    Every 5 shot group I shoot is in the .6" range.

    It looks like a decent gun, but the bloop tube just takes the place of reloading for your gun.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2010
  17. Deadman1

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    If you fellows are wanting accuracy why buy a Mini or an AR at all? A good used Savage bolt gun will out shoot them both out past 450 yards for half the money. ;)

    Yeah, a 2" group at 100 yards on an out of the box Mini is pretty good. From what I know, that's much better than the "average" shooter can shoot anyways. :) Most owners of Mini-14's "like me" don't buy them with the intentions of target shooting with them at 100 plus yards. So i don't really understand the Target Mini concept Ruger is promoting. It kind of puts me in the mind of a "target AK". :D