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.308 Mini-14

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by natedog, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. natedog

    natedog Well-Known Member

  2. son of a gun

    son of a gun member

  3. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    it has yet to be proven that there was anything wrong with that particular m-1a besides a bent oprod.
  4. Telperion

    Telperion Well-Known Member

    Ugh, look at those cheap-o sights.
  5. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Hmmm a Mini-08 (.308) & a Mini-43 (.243). I would take one of each.
  6. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    It would have to have been a better performer than either the Mini-14 or the Ranch Rifle I owned were before I paid anything for one.
  7. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    To me, .243 makes more sense than .308 in the mini action; if you are stepping all the way up to .308, it would seem to be easier to start from scratch.

    Duncan Long says in his book on the mini-14 that the XGI was cancelled because Ruger wasn't satisfied with the accuracy.
  8. SodaPop

    SodaPop member

    I'd rather have an M1A in .223.
  9. JohnMc

    JohnMc Well-Known Member

    The mini 14 was based on the M14, with corners cut to save production costs, aside from simply scaling down. That's why it's less accurate than the M1A. I'd just rebarrel an M1A to go for a .243. It'd be way more accurate.

  10. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    I'd like to see a mini with a the gas block replaced with an assembly that attaches directly to the barrel, like the m-14, and with m-14 type sights.

    if it were chambered in 6.5mm PPC or something, that'd just be gravy.
  11. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    What I learned at Ruger Armourer School...

    20 were made and distributed. One factory employee told me he saw a sample at a gun show but passed it up thinking he'll buy a new one and not one of those "test" models the factory sent out to the writers. He kicked himself in the his *** afterwards.

    The XGI had problems with throwing the 5th bullet and that upset ole Bill. Ruger engineers resolved it by making a heavy op-rod that added to the weight. Ole Bill wasn't enthralled with it. Finally, when it came time to gear up, Ole Bill looked at it and was told it would cost $1 million to gear up. He said he could make more by sticking with the Mini-14 and the XGI was shelved.

    BTW, I saw the wax casting for the receiver. It was HUGE and struck me as being 10" long. OHMIGOD, a club!
  12. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    And much bigger and heavier. I was thinking the .243 would work in something of the mini's size and weight, whereas the .308 would not.
  13. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    nate, Bill Ruger made the decision to cancel the XG1 before you were born, c. 1986.
  14. JohnMc

    JohnMc Well-Known Member

    True enough. What's an AR-10 (in .243) weigh? That'd be pretty nice.

    If I was into wildcats, necking a 7.62x39 mm down to .243 would also be a very nice Mini caliber. Hmmm, the 6x39 JMc? :)

  15. JohnMc

    JohnMc Well-Known Member

    It's been done:


    Accuracy Rifle systems will rebarrel a Mini-30 to these calibers (* = wildcat)
    22 PPC *
    6mm PPC
    7.62x39 SAAMI
    .308 x 39mm *
    7.62x39 Ackley Improved *
    .308x39mm Ackley Improved *
    35x39mm *
    25x39mm ARS boomer *

    They do Mini14's as well.

  16. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    That whole incident left many people angered at Ruger because there were ads for the gun in the magazines yet the gun was never produced. This advertising first making later of course is a practice of more than one company and it stinks.
  17. TODD3465

    TODD3465 Well-Known Member

    Yeah BACK THEN I wanted one BAD! But now I got a M-1-A National Match so who cares.:neener:
  18. Houndawg

    Houndawg Well-Known Member

    Doesn't or didn't Ruger make a Mini-30?
  19. natedog

    natedog Well-Known Member

    Yep, it's in 7.62x39mm. Takes a proprierty magazine.
    A flaw in the Mini series is that they have different magazines than the AR and AK series (and price). I'm fine with their accuracy, but it does not justify a NIB price of $500. If they could sell the Mini for -$400, and the 30 took AK mags and the 14 took AR mags, I think they would sell much better.
  20. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    I was one of those people that wanted an XG-1.

    Still think it was a good idea, a great "militia" rifle, and a decent hunter.

    Hate those peep sights though.

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