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Mini-14 VS SU-16C

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by badman400, May 7, 2006.

  1. badman400

    badman400 Well-Known Member

    Need some help making a choice between the Ruger Mini-14 Stainless 16" stainless bbl, with synthetic stock, and the Kel-Tec SU-16C.
    Both fire the .223. Ruger seems to be a little more magazine sensitive, and maybe a little more tough. Kel-Tec maybe more accurate? and with a cool folding stock (can be fired w/stock folded). Any owners of both out there or experts who've fired both? I need info to help me decide. I want something which would double for HD and range fun out to 100yds. Not concerned with accuracy beyond 200 yds. Thnx in advance! :)
  2. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Well-Known Member

    I've fired both, and then I bought the SU. The SU is very accurate, its very light, well balanced, doesnt heat up a whole lot. Accepts some AR accessories(muzzle toys, magazine junk) and even holds the spare mag inside the buttstock.

    I can fire all day at my own pace, and not think twice about what my groups may or may not be doing due to the heat. Kel-tec also supports the 2nd amendment! I can get 10-20-30rnd magazines for like 11 bucks and they wil always work without me fiddling with them, I doubt a ruger can make that claim. Besides, my SU is parkerized not blued.
  3. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    The Mini-14 "feels" "nicer", but I'd go with the SU-16 any day. Easier to find magazines (that work!) and better optics mounting platform. Plus, shorter OAL and lighter weight.
  4. Foxtrot427

    Foxtrot427 Well-Known Member

    SU for the reasions listed bove. Just wish they had a pg stock.
  5. phonesysphonesys

    phonesysphonesys Well-Known Member

    I carry a Ruger Ranch Rifle in the back of my truck every day. It is scoped and I have 30 round mags loaded. It goes bang every time I pull the trigger.
    I was impressed with its accuracy. It is my get me home gun. It would not be a bad choice. Plus you can get all kinds of goodies for it.

    'course I cut my teeth on a M1.

    Semper Fi
  6. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Well-Known Member

    I'm willing to put my SU-16CA up against any bonestock Mini or sub 500 dollar AR. Round for round accuracy and torture testing, I'm dead serious to boot.
  7. Foxtrot427

    Foxtrot427 Well-Known Member

    ^^Any goood pics? I love the CA. I wish someone made a pistol grip stock.
  8. Tomac

    Tomac Well-Known Member

    I'll take the Mini over the KelTec any day of the week. The Mini has a 30yr track record of ruggedness & reliability and still sees use w/LE & correctional facilities. Reliable aftermarket mags are now abundant and affordable (my fav is the ProMag 30rd polymer for $11 from Natchez). KelTec's warranty won't do you a bit of good if the rifle goes "click" when you really, *really* need it to go "bang". If you're worried about Mini-14 accuracy the easiest ways to significantly improve it is to shorten the bbl (which stiffens it) and/or add your fav muzzle brake or flash hider (properly torquing & gapping the gas block screws can help also). Taclights and/or optics can be easily added as well if desired.
  9. Mumbles_45

    Mumbles_45 Well-Known Member

    "No honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun." -Bill Ruger

    "I never meant for simple civilians to have my 20 or 30 round magazines or my folding stock." -Bill Ruger

    "I see nothing wrong with waiting periods." -Bill Ruger


    yeah I know Im a hippocrit (sp?), I own two 10/22s and I love them but they were bought before I knew about all that nonsense.
  10. kentucky_smith

    kentucky_smith Well-Known Member

    You can get a Mini and be just like Face and Hannibal! :neener:

    Just never hit what you're shooting at. ;)
  11. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Well-Known Member

    Kel-tec has a reputation for excellent warranty service!

    The Mini has a 30 year track record of horrible accuracy and chinsy accessories.

    My SU has factory a accessory rail directly over the receiver.
  12. Tomac

    Tomac Well-Known Member

    Mumbles_45: The politics of the designer has nothing to do with the suitability of a firearm for a particular task (there are those who won't own an AK "'cause they shot at me in 'Nam!" or some other such BS).

    KaceCoyote, it's unfortunate that KelTecs tend to need their excellent warranty service (hopefully never when you need it to save your life...) Shall we go into detail about all the "fluff & buff" KelTec threads?...
    "Horrible accuracy"? I guess that depends upon how much accuracy you need. As I posted earlier, it's easy to significantly improve Mini-14 accuracy if that's important to you. However, I'm far more interested in practical accuracy than intrensic accuracy. With a 4moa red dot sight my Mini's shoot 4" groups at 100yds w/Q3131 and that's good enough for me. (If I want sniper-grade accuracy then I'll grab my scoped .308 Dragunov).
    "Chincy accessories"? I'll bet I can find those for just about any firearm. Fortunately, there are also plenty of quality accessories as well (just how many accessories do you need, anyway?...)
    "Factory rail"? Ooh! Good for *you*! (And plastic, at that!...) Big deal, there are multiple quality ways to attach optics/rails to the Mini-14 and other rifles.
    You like the SU-16 then go for it. I question the wisdom of polymer receivers on rifles as well as KelTec's QC for something (I hopefully will never need) for HD. Just my $.02 worth...
  13. dmckean44

    dmckean44 Well-Known Member


    Most of the threads are first time gun owners that don't even know how to clean the thing. Normally thoese FTE threads always end up with "I thoroughly cleaned the gun including the gas system and fired 150 rounds without a hitch.. thanks guys!".
  14. railroader

    railroader Well-Known Member

    I can't comment on the mini 14 so I won't. I do have a su16a. When I first got it had extraction problems. I sent it back to keltec for repair and it now runs like a top. This rifle is fun to shoot and it will eat any ammo including the dreaded wolf 223.
    Other than the initial extraction problems this rifle has been trouble free for a couple of thousand rounds, mostly wolf. Mark
  15. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Well-Known Member

    Its not a plastic rail. THeres a plastic coating over an aluminum section. Most of those threads are from what sounds like, first time gun owners. How many Ruger QC complaints can you find on just this forum? There are complaints about QC on every gun forum in existance.

    Tomac my offer still stands. I'm willing to go round for round with your Mini if you think it can do anything my SU-16 cant.
  16. Tomac

    Tomac Well-Known Member

    That was just a few quick samples to demonstrate my point.
    Cleaning? I've got over 600ds through my 580 Mini-14 (mostly the dirty & underpowered Wolf .223 but also some Q3131 & Winchester 45gr Varmint) w/o cleaning or a single problem. I plan on cleaning when it hits 1,000rds...
  17. Squidward

    Squidward Well-Known Member

    "Any owners of both out there or experts who've fired both?"

    I have not fired both, nor am I an expert.

    "I want something which would double for HD and range fun out to 100yds. Not concerned with accuracy beyond 200 yds".

    Me too! I bought a Mini 14 Ranch and a 3X9X50 scope.
  18. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Well-Known Member

    MY SU has already made it to 900 rounds uncleaned and back, I ran out of ammo not rifle. That was all on one rainy nasty day in january.


    My SU-16 on winchester black box 55 grain 96 yards off the bench, built in bipod extended.
  19. Mumbles_45

    Mumbles_45 Well-Known Member

    Well Im not too impressed with the Mini's "30 year track record of ruggedness and reliability" I dont own one but everytime my friend brings his to the range he has multiple and interesting problems, including a firing pin that snapped in half, the rear sight falling off (he was using a scope so I guess he didnt notice how loose it was geting), the bolt getting stuck behind something (I think it was the ejector but I didnt get a good look at it), and several less exiting magazine related jams.

    also it flings brass farther than lead.

    I cant say about the SU-16 though, I know nothing about it other than it takes AR mags (which is a major plus), and Kel Tec doesn't have Ruger's bad attitude towards freedom.
  20. MechAg94

    MechAg94 Well-Known Member

    I agree on the politics. It seems we can't talk about any Ruger product without that discussion breaking out.

    I think I would go for an SU-16 when I get around to another .223. The main factor me is magazines. It would use the same mags I have for my AR.
    My Dad has a Mini-14 that I shot some growing up. It is a great rifle. He has the Ruger 20 round mags. I certainly can't say much bad about it. The mags and ease of sight mounting are the only issues I might have.

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