Wanting to get a mini-14

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by sjh1022, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. sjh1022

    sjh1022 New Member

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    Ok so here is the deal, I have just gotten married and so as a wedding present I now have the funds to get mini. I have been looking at them for some time now but still dont feel like i know much about them. I want a rifle that is well rounded and that can take down small game. Truth is I really dont need it for hunting, this is a rifle that would be mainly for shooting around and to enjoy. I am more drawn to the tactical look for most other firearms however something about the classic wood stock on the mini draw me in. So now for the questions...
    1. What is important to look for if I am going to get one used? I know the older models are less accurate than the ones after ruger re-tooled the factory but how can i tell the difference?
    2. Is there a difference in accuracy for the 16.5" and the 18" barrel?
    3. What is a fair price range for both New and Used rifles? I have been watching sites like auctionarms however the prices seem to be all over the place.

    I guess I would really like any and all information you could give.

    Thanks in advance.
    Sean
     
  2. KMO

    KMO New Member

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    Well, it's good to see that a newlywed has his priorities straight! Your questions will invite a variety of opinions, so I'll toss mine your way first...

    1. What is important to look for if I am going to get one used? I know the older models are less accurate than the ones after ruger re-tooled the factory but how can I tell the difference?

    The most obvious difference started with the latter 580-series Mini-14's (the series is designated by the first three numbers of the serial number). The tapered barrel was introduced with these latter 580's, as Ruger's attempt to mitigate the barrel whip condition associated with the traditional barrels produced for three decades. The tapered barrel is easily distinguished by the funneled down outside diameter evident in the first 3/4" forward from the gas block. All of the new Mini-14's have this tapered barrel. But, don't hesitate to buy one that has the traditional barrel if you find a good deal. Accuracy issues can be mitigated.

    2. Is there a difference in accuracy for the 16.5" and the 18" barrel?

    My opinion...barrel length is not the determining factor on accuracy, but I'll let others chime in on this one.

    3. What is a fair price range for both New and Used rifles? I have been watching sites like auctionarms however the prices seem to be all over the place.

    I've seen some good deals recently on GunBroker.com. Even Wal-Mart's price on a Ranch Model is around $700. Remember, you don't have to buy it in a tactical configuration...You can always accessorize it yourself with aftermarket components.

    Good luck!
     

  3. Missileman

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    OK, let me get this straight: You just got married, and your new wife is allowing you to use wedding present money for a new gun, and not a dinette set, curtains, lamps, or any other house stuff? Does she have any sisters???
     
  4. Brad

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    Couple things wrong here...

    1. Shouldnt have gotten married
    2. Should get an AR
    3. Just kidding you. Congrats on the marriage

    The Mini is a good all around gun. I personally like the 16.5" barrel better myself just because. No real good explanation. Just do.

    You are right about the price range. My advice is to sit back and dont jump on the first thing you think is a good deal. Ive jumped a time or two and ended up with things I do not want.

    Few sites to check:
    Auctionarms.com
    Gunbroker.com
    Gunsamerica.com
    Davesguns.com
    Ar15.com in the exchange section. There is always mini's in there
    Midwestguntrader.com
    Ombexpress.com This Mini is pretty neat

    Do some surfing and youll find what your looking for.

    Brad
     
  5. Brad

    Brad New Member

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    ^^^This^^^
     
  6. sjh1022

    sjh1022 New Member

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    Thank you for the advice so far. As for sisters Im sorry y'all but she is one of a kind, and thats why I love her. Any ways part of the reason i want a mini is because i already have a ar-10 so i dont really see the point in getting another rifle that looks and feels almost the same just shoots a different caliber. Also just to confirm what i have been finding, a new mini should go for about $700 give or take depending on the extras and such right?
    Thanks everyone I will keep you posted as things progress,
    Sean
     
  7. KMO

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    I actually called a local sporting goods store here (dicks sporting goods) and they have a basic one in stock for $649. I was surprised to hear that for sure. I am calling another truly local shope in the next few mins. to see what they can do on a price.
     
  9. Missileman

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    If I was going to buy a new Mini, I'd look at the Laminated Stainless model that Davidsons had made by Ruger--you can see it on their website. It's a limited addition but there are plenty available. GalleryofGuns.com - Gun Genie
     
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    I like the used LE model a little more than the SS. Something that catches my eye with this gun is the classic look with the wood stock. I think im leaning towards getting one from a local shop here. As much as I like the online prices I just dont know if i can get over buying a used gun i have never put my hands on.