Ruger Mini-30 Vs. SKS


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EvisceratorSrB
August 25, 2006, 11:49 PM
I have plenty of rounds under my belt through an SKS, but not one through a Mini-30. Which self loading 7.62x39 rifle is, in your humble opinion, more reliable or accurate.

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hickbob
August 25, 2006, 11:52 PM
AK-47...oops that wasn't an option...

Technosavant
August 25, 2006, 11:54 PM
I haven't shot a Mini-30, but from what I have read, I'd take the SKS over the Ruger 10 times out of 10.

The Ruger has a thin barrel, which deforms when heated by multiple shots- the SKS is usually built like a tank, so that ain't gonna be happening. The SKS is also incredibly reliable, but I haven't heard bad things about the Ruger. I don't see how the Ruger could possibly have worse sights than the SKS, but the SKS is good enough.

The deciding factor for me: you can get 2-3 SKS models and maybe some ammo too for the price of a new Mini-30.

With a few changes, I think the Ruger Mini 14 and 30 could be fantastic guns, but Ruger doesn't seem to be interested in making them. A heavier barrel, factory mags with higher capacities, and they'd be selling them off the shelves like hotcakes. But they just don't bother, and they leave money on the table. Not too smart for a business to do that.

EvisceratorSrB
August 25, 2006, 11:57 PM
AK-47...oops that wasn't an option...

Oops...I live in California...

Euclidean
August 25, 2006, 11:59 PM
If I had to live in Kali, I'd get a Mini 14 and/or Mini 30 and figure out a way to live with it.

hickbob
August 26, 2006, 12:05 AM
Move to Texas...we can even carry around .50 BMG rounds in our pockets (if we wanted to???)
But seriously, I feel sorry for those that live in Communist states..he he

R.W.Dale
August 26, 2006, 12:07 AM
I live in California...

In that case how bout one of these 7.62x39's:evil:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96/krochus/HPIM0872.jpg

mljdeckard
August 26, 2006, 01:02 AM
My biggest single problem with a mini-30 is that it's American. The advantage of rifles that shoot 7.62x39 ammo is that it is cheap. The BAD NEWS is, it is inferior quality. A friend of mine got a Makarov as a gift from a girlfriend, and he asked me what kind of ammo to use in it. I really didn't know, so I did some digging, and the rule I came up with is, "Use Russian ammo in Russian guns. Don't use Russian ammo in American guns." It could be lacquered, corrosive, hard-cased, whatever. The Russians designed their guns specifically so that they wouldn't have to make high-quality ammo for it to function. (Quantity v Quality yet again.)

You can shoot dirty ammo all day long in a Russian gun and not worry about it. You can skip cleaning your SKS and not worry about it. (I do.) But if I have a mini-30 or a 7.62 upper on an AR, I would suddenly find myself counting magazines and anticipating failure to feed. In buying an American rifle chambered for Russian ammo, you are giving up the main advantage of an SKS/AK. Lots of cheap, low-maintenence shooting. The flip-side of this, if you have one of the AKs chambered for 5.56, you can use the Wolf ammo in it and not worry. Maybe I'm being too picky.

wayne in boca
August 26, 2006, 06:04 AM
I have both a Mini 30 and four SKS's (two Yugos,two Chicom) and they all go bang every time with the same ammo.The Mini 30 is scoped and muzzle braked and is more accurate than the Commie guns.The only problem I ever had with the Mini was bad mags.Good solid carbine,only costs as much as 4 SKS's.:)

Grunt
August 26, 2006, 09:19 AM
I voted for "other" because I prefer my AKs over my SKS rifles. I didn't realize you were in **********. In that case I would suggest moving as the best option. However, if it has to be a Kommiefornia approved 7.62X39 rifle, I'd go with the SKS.

wilson
August 26, 2006, 10:46 AM
I like my mini 30 ive never had a problem with its accuracy. i have a scope on mine, i didnt like the factory sights. ive never shot an sks so i cant really compare. If all i had was my mini 30 i think id be fine.

possum
August 26, 2006, 12:28 PM
I would take the sks for reliability, and ease of use. s far as accuracy goes, i hit copenhagen cans with my norinco sks all day long. It is sweet, plus with the cost so low, if it gets banged around your not gonna hurt it and if you do you ain't out of much.

KINGMAX
August 26, 2006, 12:50 PM
Get another AK of some type :evil:

Bartholomew Roberts
August 26, 2006, 01:16 PM
My questions would be:

Is there anything the Mini-30 will do that the SKS will not do?
If so, is that difference worth the price difference between the two rifles?

When you have those two question answered to your satisfaction, you'll know which one is the right choice for you.

EvisceratorSrB
August 26, 2006, 04:20 PM
What he said ^^^^^^

lol :D

MachIVshooter
August 26, 2006, 11:12 PM
The Mini-30 is better built than the SKS, but at 4 times the price it is more expensive than any other non-NFA 7.62x39mm rifle on the market. If you are looking at spending over $500 on a 7.62x39mm and live in CA, I'd opt for a real Russian-Made SKS. They are better made and much more conversational pieces than the Chinese and Yugo Knock-off's. But if you are going to drop $500, you might as well go $750 and get and M-1 Garand and have a real piece of history with a whole lot more power!

Ohen Cepel
August 26, 2006, 11:21 PM
If you want a rifle that takes mags, get an AK.

The SKS is a great rifle and a real bargain now. However, it's a 10 shoot deal.

I've never cared for the Mini-14 and it seems that mags are a bit hard to find and expensive. AK mags are neither!

kennyboy
August 26, 2006, 11:33 PM
SKS. Reliable, cheap, and plentiful.

Creeping Incrementalism
August 27, 2006, 02:33 AM
On THR, people from California need something like a flashing red light next to their location--it would cut down on the "Just get an AK" responses.

dmckean44
August 27, 2006, 03:33 AM
The problem with a mini-30 is you'll be paying five times the amount of the SKS right off the bat and then you have to pay another $300 to a gunsmith to get it as accurate as an SKS.

meef
August 27, 2006, 04:19 AM
If you want a rifle that takes mags, get an AK.

The SKS is a great rifle and a real bargain now. However, it's a 10 shoot deal.Unless, of course, you get an SKS that takes AK mags.

I've got one that does and one that doesn't. They're both great rifles. And since the AWB passed away, the AK mag versions don't cost an arm and a leg anymore.

dfaugh
August 27, 2006, 11:20 AM
Unless, of course, you get an SKS that takes AK mags.

I've got one that does and one that doesn't. They're both great rifles. And since the AWB passed away, the AK mag versions don't cost an arm and a leg anymore.

Actually, (and surprisingly) these never really cost that much, even during the AWB. I bought mine for $325 with an ATI "dragunov" stock and scope, during the ban. There's a NIB one on Gunbroker right now for $400. And mine is way more accurate (but much heavier) than an AK.

Edited to add: These are also VERY reliable, compared to any aftermarket conversion you might try. Mine's got 5000 rounds through it, with exactly one failure, using a wide variety of AK mags.

Nathan Williams
August 27, 2006, 11:34 AM
I have no experience with the mini-30, but I owned a mini-14 sometime ago and it was a fine gun. It never gave me any trouble even shooting wolf ammo. So my vote goes to the mini-30. I never cared for the SKS due to the fixed box magazine, I like my detachable mags. Sure you can modify a SKS to take detachable mags, but to my understanding this setup in not reliable and is quite expensive. Pay a little more and get a better gun.

Lupinus
August 27, 2006, 12:12 PM
I'd go with SKS

glennv
August 27, 2006, 12:44 PM
The tough part with the Mini is finding good mags. (As stated above) The factory mags are good but anything else and they suck.

lee n. field
August 27, 2006, 03:17 PM
Do SKS' with the AK magazine conversion have a working bolt hold-open?

..
August 27, 2006, 08:40 PM
I voted other, AK.

meef
August 27, 2006, 11:43 PM
Sure you can modify a SKS to take detachable mags, but to my understanding this setup in not reliable and is quite expensive.I repeat...

Or..... you can buy an SKS that already came that way. They are reliable (mine is anyway) and they are not quite expensive.

Do SKS' with the AK magazine conversion have a working bolt hold-open?Mine doesn't, but I can live with that. If I haven't gotten the job done after 30 rounds (whatever that job might happen to be) I suppose the bolt not holding open is the least of my concerns....:D

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