New Mini 14 Tactical 100 rounds fired...


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sirgilligan
May 5, 2012, 05:26 PM
Just got back from shooting the new Mini 14 tactical.
Shot 100 rounds of PMC 55 grain .223 ammo.

At first shooting a bit right, then I moved the sights too much and it was left, and finally right on.

Shot it at 25 yards, out to about 60 yards, all free hand.
Had one "person" silhouette target. No problems at 60 yards hitting it in the head every shot (free standing, no leaning or resting).

Great rifle. Does exactly what is expected of it. I will clean it later today and look and see that everything looks correct and nothing unusual.

I am very happy with the purchase and I would and will recommend the rifle.

What a hoot to shoot.

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sirgilligan
May 5, 2012, 08:00 PM
Cleaned it. Everything looks great!

For an open sight carbine, I would dare say that any varmints of any number of legs as big as a soccer ball are in grave danger at the 60 yards I was firing the Mini-14 today.

Because the sights are so low, it really makes the .223 round shine as a flat shooter!

ApacheCoTodd
May 5, 2012, 08:37 PM
It always makes me a little happy to hear folk satisfied with their gear. It's usually only the negative you hear and I get that.

Without sending me off on a Ruger search - what's a Mini-14 Tactical? Got a photo for folk like me outa the know?

husker
May 5, 2012, 08:49 PM
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/rugerm14.jpg

ApacheCoTodd
May 5, 2012, 08:51 PM
Well look at that! I like it. Do they still take Mini only mags?

sirgilligan
May 5, 2012, 08:58 PM
The do take mini-mags only. The Ruger mags are sturdy and the follower travels smoothly, so their price being $26'ish for a 20 rounder by Ruger is double that of a D&H AR-15 mag, it seems worth the price. I have one 20 and one 30.

ApacheCoTodd
May 5, 2012, 09:21 PM
Funny, these days I was expecting a full railed-out, collapsible stocked, bayonet-lugged wonder rifle. I like this restrained version better. Even the flash hider makes a great muzzle protector.

Skyshot
May 6, 2012, 11:15 AM
If you like optics, A 1x4 leupold make's the mini a super 300 yard shooter. And with decent ammo you can get groups around 1 1/2 to 2 inches at 100 yards. It's not a bench gun, but a fabulous little carbine.

Redneck with a 40
May 6, 2012, 11:19 AM
I have a Mini-14 ranch that I've owned since 2009. Its a great carbine and will produce 1.5" groups with my handload's and premium bullets. I've got a Burris FFII 3-9x40 on mine and I love it. Its a total hoot to shoot.

35 Whelen
May 6, 2012, 01:02 PM
Glad you like your new rifle. Congrats!

I have 2011 Mini and evidently Ruger was finally able to get their "feces closely grouped" because this one shoots infinitely better than an '06 model I owned.

35W

spence
May 6, 2012, 01:22 PM
did you bbuy it from a large retailer? how much did it set you back? Thanks for the review.

sirgilligan
May 6, 2012, 10:36 PM
Bought at local gun store. $670.00. Nice price, not the best, but far from the worst.

Double Vision
May 6, 2012, 11:29 PM
Congratulations and best wishes with your Mini.
They are fun and reliable rifles, and plenty accurate enough for "soccer ball" shooting.

Magog
May 8, 2012, 03:47 PM
They make them, but you have to get in line to own one. Ruger can not keep up with demand.

sansone
May 8, 2012, 04:00 PM
glad you like it.. enjoy

Downeast
May 8, 2012, 07:43 PM
I have the same rifle. I got mine last Christmas as a present to myself:D

I've been quite happy with it. It's a lot of fun to shoot!

splithoof
May 9, 2012, 02:35 AM
I have a newer Ranch Rifle in .223 Rem. After developing some loads for it, 1" at 100 yards is easily done using a Leupold 2-7x. It has been 100% reliable and never in 1K failed. For my uses it handles everything. I realize that the world is now focused on all-things AR, but for me that platform has not worked all that well. The Mini platform may not have the "cool factor", but with a sturdy side folding steel stock, it has more than proven itself for my needs. After shooting many types of ammunition from premium bras-cased match loads, to ultra cheap Russian steel-cased ball, and all sorts of junk from around the world through a bunch of these rifles, I will stay with it.

TexasPatriot.308
May 9, 2012, 03:13 AM
I love my mini 14tactical, with a 2x7x33 Redfield, I put down many a coyote and hogs too when I check cattle. shoots nice tight 1 1/2 groups with it and I love all my minis.

mattmann
May 9, 2012, 03:14 AM
Man that is a nice rifle. Congrats and glad you like it

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LAK
May 9, 2012, 05:36 AM
Good choice. Reliable and plenty accurate for any "business", varmints - and lots of scope for just plain fun

BP Hunter
May 9, 2012, 02:03 PM
Congrats with your new Ruger! I like mine so much that I am even thinking of getting rid of my DPMS M4 - but my wife won't let me :D. It is very fun to shoot, very easy to clean and disassemble vs. the M4, and has suprisingly light recoil.

Good shooting at 60 yards with open sights. Go out further slowly and you will be surpirsed how fairly accurate you can shoot up to 200 yards. My brother loves borrowing my Mini 14 hitting gong targets up to 350 yards consistently with open sights!

asahrts
May 9, 2012, 07:39 PM
everyone on this post that owns a mini14 needs to send your trigger group to gundoc (greatwestgunsmithing) for a trigger job. that was some of the best firearm-related money i've ever spent. makes a huge difference.

i sent my trigger group in with a buddy's (he had already done it on his first mini14 and was doing it to a second) and we got a little discount.

well worth the money.

35 Whelen
May 10, 2012, 12:23 AM
I have a newer Ranch Rifle in .223 Rem. After developing some loads for it, 1" at 100 yards is easily done using a Leupold 2-7x. It has been 100% reliable and never in 1K failed. For my uses it handles everything. I realize that the world is now focused on all-things AR, but for me that platform has not worked all that well. The Mini platform may not have the "cool factor", but with a sturdy side folding steel stock, it has more than proven itself for my needs. After shooting many types of ammunition from premium bras-cased match loads, to ultra cheap Russian steel-cased ball, and all sorts of junk from around the world through a bunch of these rifles, I will stay with it.

I own an AR and couldn't agree more. My Mini is just somehow more practical and much, much easier to handle and maneuver about. No, not as accurate as my AR though.

35W

marksg
May 10, 2012, 12:35 AM
Glad to hear you like it. I got the mini 14 ranch for valentines from my wife. They do shoot better since the retool IMO.

If you need more 20 round clips, Midway USA has them on special this month,got 2 more on order :D

Elm Creek Smith
May 10, 2012, 06:08 PM
I have my Christmas Rifle, a 581-series Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, that shoots one hole groups at 25 yards using a Weaver K2.5 scope. Out at 100 yards the groups open up to about 2 inches with regular XM193 ammo. The 55 grain V-Max ammo shoots tighter, but 1 inch groups aren't happening. Guess what? I don't care! I have 4 ProMag 30 round magazines that haven't hiccupped once and 2 20 round magazines (1 Ruger and 1 ProMag) that are also flawless. It's tons more fun to shoot than an AR/M16 and about half the weight of my brother's HBAR. Of course, he's hung everything but the moon and stars on it.

ECS

splithoof
May 10, 2012, 07:02 PM
"He's hung everything but the moon and stars on it." Yea, I see a lot of that on many AR type rifles. They end up with something that weighs as much as an M1-A, and then complain about shoulders that ache after hiking a few hills. At least at the present time we still have a choice.

elano
May 10, 2012, 07:13 PM
I bought one just like it a few months ago. Love mine! I paid around 670 as well!

Elm Creek Smith
May 11, 2012, 02:00 AM
Oh, yeah. Mine was $607.00 at WalMart.

ECS

LAK
May 11, 2012, 11:40 PM
I own an AR and couldn't agree more. My Mini is just somehow more practical and much, much easier to handle and maneuver about. No, not as accurate as my AR though.

35W
Many people do not seem to grasp just how important the handling qualities are in a practical or hunting arm - whether it be a rifle or a pistol. Shooting targets on a range are one thing; fast and furious in the field are another matter.

ulfrik
May 12, 2012, 05:13 AM
On average how many rounds does the mini-14 fire before it needs to go to a gunsmith/armorer for repairs or new parts?

Redneck with a 40
May 12, 2012, 02:07 PM
At least as many as any AR-15, the mini 14 is a very rugged and durable design.

ulfrik
May 12, 2012, 07:16 PM
Well then how many rounds on averagedoes the ar-15 fire before it needs to go to a gunsmith/armorer for repairs or new parts?
How does the Mini-14 and AR-15 compair to the AK when it come to long term durability?


I might get a Mini14 (as a california rifle) if I can find good factory 10 round mags for under 40$.
SU-16 or saiga could be alternatives.


P.S Is it true that russian wolf ammo is bad for the Mini-14's firing pin?

splithoof
May 13, 2012, 02:09 AM
I have fired thousands of rounds of Wolf ball through a number of Minis, never having a single malfunction. If that ammunition is bad for the firing pin, it sure has not been evident at this point. The examples I have seen have been very durable.

M1key
May 13, 2012, 02:10 AM
P.S Is it true that russian wolf ammo is bad for the Mini-14's firing pin?

Only problems are with the Mini-30 in 7.62x39 caliber. Silver Bear and Yugo ammo appear to run fine.

M

LAK
May 14, 2012, 10:37 AM
Well then how many rounds on averagedoes the ar-15 fire before it needs to go to a gunsmith/armorer for repairs or new parts?
How does the Mini-14 and AR-15 compair to the AK when it come to long term durability?


I might get a Mini14 (as a california rifle) if I can find good factory 10 round mags for under 40$.
SU-16 or saiga could be alternatives.


P.S Is it true that russian wolf ammo is bad for the Mini-14's firing pin?

Ruger FACTORY mags....

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LoonWulf
May 15, 2012, 12:36 AM
I think ive fired about 1500rnds this year of mixed handload, PMC, Federal, and....other crap. Mostly out of a factory 5 rounder and an off brand 10, and so far i cant think of a single instance where i had an issue with the gun or mag that wasnt my fault (had a whole day of cycling it by hand because I installed a too small gas bushing, and forgot to bring the rest with me). I also have a tapco 30 thats finally functional, but not reliable enough for anything buy range play.

Ignition Override
May 15, 2012, 12:53 AM
Let's never take these semi-auto rifles for granted.

In the UK they can only be sold as a single shot. Guys on YouTube make fun of an English shooter pulling back the Mini 14's bolt after every shot, but their govt. caused the drastic gun restrictions.
Many other govts. are not much better.

Rexster
May 15, 2012, 04:37 PM
Thanks for the positive review! There seem to be too few positive reviews of Minis, yet everyone I meet who owns a Mini, loves them. I love my Minis, both 580-series with factory flash hiders. I prefer the ergonomics of the Mini, compared to the AR. The placement of the safety suits me, a lefty. I like the sights being lower over the bore. The bolt handle is convenient to my right hand, and the button to lock the bolt back, though small, is also very handy to my right middle finger, as the bolt handle is held back by the edge of my right hand corresponding to my right thumb. Simple, beautiful handling that suits me, for a general utility carbine.

To be clear, I am not hating the AR! :) I owned a 100% reliable Colt Govt Carbine in the past, but when I could no longer clearly see factory iron sights, I sold it to a younger colleague. We still have a "household" AR, that was going to be my patrol rifle, after my chief authorized optics, but I seem to have aged-out of being able to handle my employer's rather athletic patrol rifle cert and qual. (I am still slim, and can move fast, but the bad knee keeps me from being able to get up from the prone and kneeling positions fast enough to meet the time limit.)

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