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Ruger Mini-14 scoped or peep sight?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by stinger 327, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    Just curious of how many of you out there have added scopes or kept the open sights and why?:confused:
  2. Hangingrock

    Hangingrock Well-Known Member

    I stayed with the “Ghost Ring Sights” which you refer to as open sights. My intended application is personal defense thus close range.
  3. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I scoped both my Mini 14 and Mini 30. I can see the target much better with a scope.
  4. Kjay

    Kjay Well-Known Member

    I recently added an Aimpoint 9000 red dot to my Mini. With my aging eyes makes for great for close range (100m) work.
  5. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    Is this that little scope with a red light in it but it does not magnify target? What does this cost?
  6. Kjay

    Kjay Well-Known Member

  7. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    I've got one scoped and one not. I shoot the open sight Mini a lot more often because its lighter and handier. I've other rifles that I prefer when a scope is desired (like a flat to AR).

    The scoped Mini was my first centerfire rifle so its got sentimental value. I didn't have a lot of extra money back then so I slowly "accessorized" it since I couldn't afford another gun at that time. As my situation improved it was easier to simply buy another instead of reversing the changes.
  8. desidog

    desidog Well-Known Member

    Me too. Back in the day in high school, a buddy and i walked into a local store. He did not believe that i could walk out with a rifle, a 30rd mag, and 100rds of ammo... so i bet him that i could do it with his credit card.

    ...and that is the story of the Stainless Ranch Rifle with a Weaver k4 that i got for free.

    /She's still wearing the K4.
  9. KMO

    KMO Well-Known Member


    I've set mine up with either see-through rings or see-under rails in order to retain the use of my iron sights in addition to the optics. Some say you lose a good cheek weld with these mounts, but I don't find them problematic at all.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I use the factory open sights. For my use, the open sights are a good match.
  11. KBintheSLC

    KBintheSLC Well-Known Member

    I kept both on my Mini 14... the irons can stay put while the scope is in place. The scope can easily be removed if needed. With a 2-7x scope, it shoots minute of torso at 300 yards. Good enough for me.
  12. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    I'm at this point right now if I add a scope to the Mini-14 I will have two sights. The open sights good for 50 yards which stay on the rifle and then the scope for 100 yrd shooting.
    May end up doing the same on the Ruger 10/22 rifle too as I have the peep sight adjusted at 50 yards and maybe I'll set up the scope at 100 yards on this little .22 LR rifle.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2010
  13. KMO

    KMO Well-Known Member

    Weaver offers some see-through rings for the 10/22 also...best of both worlds...;)
  14. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    No in my experience. I had a set on a 10/22 and found that the view of the irons was difficult (but not obstructed) and a proper cheek weld was impossible for the scope. They now reside in the parts bin...probably destined for the scrap heap.

  15. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    That's what happened to the ones I had!
  16. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    ...and the world is better off, I mean who doesn't like soda from a can? :p
  17. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    Then again I have been told in times of civil unrest, riots etc. the open sights are preferred over the scope because rifle is easier to handle and with the open sights you can aim, shoot, and move alot faster in these situations that call for this vs. a scope which is basically slower shooting and sight acquisition though alot more clear to see target at distance if you get that chance since everything is happening so fast.
  18. courtgreene

    courtgreene Well-Known Member

    red dots are awesome on minis, mounting them can be hell on the older models though. mine's not really even mounted to the gun, just the hand-guard but it works and makes a really maneuverable rifle even better.
  19. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    I painted the front sight of a mini with fluorcescent orange Testor model paint and had the rear peep sight bored out to a proper ghost ring. That's how I use it and prefer it. I can keep on the target out to 200 yards and that is more than good enough for a social plinker/self defense weapon IMO.
  20. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    I left me Ranch Rifle alone (the previous version with the simpler sights). It isn't accurate enough to warrant a scope, so I kept it light and sleek.

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