Should i sell my Mini 14 20GB for a M1 Carbine


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Crosby67ss
January 11, 2011, 06:48 PM
Hey yall im new to this site so if u havent read the intro thread then hey. I own a Mini 14 20gb with a Tapco OD adjustable stock and ive got a ontario M7 bayonet on it. well anyway theres a gun show coming up this weekend and i had my eye on a M1 Carbine. i know yall have done a couple threads on the 2 rifles so just hang in there. I love the Mini, i bought it used from a gunshop and i have had no problems with it. but...i love history and it would be awsome to have a M1 Carbine. ive done my homework and i know the history on it. now, do yall think i should sell the Mini and buy a M1 Carbine. and for wat price. ive got 2 stocks, 100 rounds of 5.56 ammo, 5 clips and scope mounts.

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CoRoMo
January 11, 2011, 06:52 PM
I assume that you aren't able to own both?

Crosby67ss
January 11, 2011, 06:54 PM
id like to but no. the economy like it is if i want something i gota sell something.

Zanad
January 11, 2011, 07:14 PM
you may be able to get around $650 for everything but that's just me.

1KPerDay
January 11, 2011, 07:35 PM
They're kinda the same type of gun, with the mini shooting a much more versatile round. The carbine is very cool, though. Me, I'd eat beans and rice for a while and get both.

Put the money you're spending on sodas/coffee/snacks/whatever in a can for a month or two and see what you end up with. Might be more than you think. ;)

Double Vision
January 11, 2011, 07:46 PM
You would really enjoy having both. Good luck with whatever choice you make.

wow6599
January 11, 2011, 07:49 PM
I love the Mini........

You answered your own question.

fireside44
January 11, 2011, 07:51 PM
If you have a good gun already, you don't let it go.

Unless it doesn't get used.

Kenneth
January 11, 2011, 07:55 PM
I think the 30 cal carbine is the better gun. Although the 5.56mm has way better terminal ballistics than the 30 cal.

Crosby67ss
January 11, 2011, 07:59 PM
i think im goin to keep the mini cause i sold a 1991 skateboard for $335 on ebay a couple weeks ago and ive got alot of change in jars in the attic. im sry if this is off topic, i know all the people who made the M1's but which one would be just an average one. not to pricey but still sexy.

sappyg
January 11, 2011, 08:25 PM
glad you're keeping the mini. i had one once but it wasn't very accurate. still, 30 carbine ammo has gone way north and i shoot mine hardly at all as a result.
there were more inlands made than any other M1 carbine maker. that make should get you a fine example at a reasonable price.

good luck and welcome to THR

carbine85
January 12, 2011, 01:14 PM
From the investment stand point I would sell the Mini and keep the Carbine. You can always pick up a good used or new Mini. A real good and nice M1 Carbine cost more than a Mini and the Carbine value should increase.

JDMorris
January 12, 2011, 01:25 PM
All the Mini really is, is an improved carbine, IMO.
The .223 is a better round IMO, .30 cal rounds are not that great until you can push the velocity a little.
Keep it, but get that bayonet off.
Looks silly, those guns look wayy better in the Wood stocks, IMO.

jimmyraythomason
January 12, 2011, 01:30 PM
Keep it, but get that bayonet off.
Looks silly, those guns look wayy better in the Wood stocks, IMO.
I gotta agree with JD on this.

TheCol.U.S.M.C.
January 12, 2011, 01:39 PM
FYI you have 10 clips (the things holding your ammo in the pic)
you have 5 magazines (the things that feeds the ammo into the rifle)

sappyg
January 12, 2011, 02:04 PM
Keep it, but get that bayonet off.

eeewe, i didn't see the bayonet (didn't look at the pic) but that really needs to go.
there was a guy at the range last week with a mini that did not have a bayo. it shot a bit poor. can't imagine what the bayo would have done for his groups. not good i'll bet.
i'll bet you could sell the bayo and the collapsable stock and raise more coin for ammo etc.

amd6547
January 12, 2011, 02:36 PM
One of the worst moves I have made in my firearm history was selling an M1 carbine to buy a Mini 14...I regretted it as soon as I shot the Mini.
5.56mm is a "better" cartridge...in an AR15.
The 30 carbine round does everything I need within 150yds. There is plenty of ammo in the $20/50rd box range.
I keep my CMP Inland as my HD longarm, loaded with Remington SP's.

Kenneth
January 12, 2011, 05:30 PM
A few more thoughts

The .30 carbine is the superior machine. Its only real weakness is that the ammunition is underpowered. I would much prefer the 5.56 mm if there was a breakdown of civil authority.

The Mini 14 does have some good points. There are a ton of aftermarket goodies for it. Some better than others. They can be made to very accurate depending on how much money you want to spend. For around a hundred bucks you can get a barrel stabilizer that you can install yourself, or you can send it out to get a full blown accuracy job as in having it blueprinted, match grade bull barrel etc. for as long as you can keep listening to the cash register ring.

Its major weaknesses are that the barrel overheats very quickly and the extractor plunger is susceptible to wear to the point of losing the extractor during use.

Even though its not real accurate, it is battle accurate. Meaning you can consistently hit a 20" by 20" target at 200 yards.

OrangePwrx9
January 12, 2011, 06:45 PM
Gunshows usually have a few guys who specialize in selling used wooden stocks. I'd try to sell the Tapco, bayo, and a few of those other gimcracks at the show and then pick up a Mini-14 wooden stock. With that on your Mini, it'll look as sexy as any M1 carbine while using a much more versatile and common round.

jimmyraythomason
January 12, 2011, 06:50 PM
I'd try to sell the Tapco, bayo, and a few of those other gimcracks at the show and then pick up a Mini-14 wooden stock. I have 2 Mini wood stocks that I would sell. Series 188 and 189. One is for blued and the other is for SS. PM me if interested.

Crosby67ss
January 13, 2011, 01:59 AM
well hey man the bayonet helps me. see i hunt with the Mini and ive finished 3 deer off with the bayonet this year.

Crosby67ss
January 13, 2011, 02:04 AM
i dont really like the wooden stock for the Mini cause my buddy has a wooden stock it looks so squared off. he took the wood one off and bought an ATI stock. i think im goin to take my Mini to the gun show and only sell it if there is a really nice M1 Carbine there. i plan not to sell it though.

Roughneck08
January 13, 2011, 02:07 AM
Well that doesn't sound like the best hunting ethics...I hope you are able to find a better round or more suitable caliber to humanely kill a deer without it suffering.

CDawg
January 13, 2011, 05:28 AM
I wouldn't get rid of a Mini 14 that works well to get an M1 carbine. Now, an M1 Garand is a different story. A true battle rifle, with or without bullets.

Crosby67ss
January 13, 2011, 05:49 AM
roughneck i shot 1 of them in the spine, 1 of them i hit with my truck, and 1 of them i got a gut shot. ur right. i usually go with my Browning 7mm-08 or my BPS but every once in a while ill take the Mini out and protect my crops. im gona get a bayonet for the M1 too.

Kenneth
January 13, 2011, 12:07 PM
With all due respect to Roughneck. A .223 is equivalent to a .44 mag energy wise, out to about 150 yards or so. Shot placement is key no matter what you use.

goon
January 13, 2011, 12:53 PM
If the Mini works well, I think you should keep it.
You won't get enough selling your Mini - CDNN has them now for around $600 new.
And if you like bayonets that's fine with me, but a hunting knife does just as well for finishing off a deer.

Crosby67ss
January 16, 2011, 10:31 AM
well i went to the gun show yesterday...

sappyg
January 16, 2011, 10:47 AM
^^^ ok... what did you get?

Crosby67ss
January 16, 2011, 10:50 AM
i know yall r gona fuss me out but i trade the Mini 14 for a Inland M1 Carbine

sappyg
January 16, 2011, 10:55 AM
it was your decission to make. as long as you are satisfied that's all that matters. got any pics?

Jeff F
January 16, 2011, 11:10 AM
If you like to shoot a lot, keep the mini, especially if its a good shooter. .30 carbine ammo is quite a bit more expensive then .223-5.56. If you are going to go after an M1 make sure your getting an original GI carbine and not one of the crappy universals. IMO dumping the Mini for an M1 would be a downgrade.

oops, posted before I read the end of page two

it was your decission to make. as long as you are satisfied that's all that matters. got any pics?

What sappyg said.

Art Eatman
January 16, 2011, 01:07 PM
Decision made, deed done...

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