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Scope rec for Mini-14 Ranch Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by RuralTurtle, May 17, 2006.

  1. RuralTurtle

    RuralTurtle Member

    May 8, 2006
    I'm thinking of mounting a scope on my Mini-14. I'm under no delusion that it's a tack-driver, but would like to see better than the iron sight is providing. Having said that, I don't want to spend a ton on the scope, but also want to avoid the bottom-dwellers. Been burnt by going that route before. :eek:

    Any thoughts? What about a reddot? Thanks.
  2. esldude

    esldude Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2003
    A red dot is a darn good idea on the Mini 14.

    For a scope, maybe a Nikon 3-9x Prostaff, or if it is in your budget a Buckmaster. $125 or so for the Prostaff. More like
    $175 for the Buckmaster.

    Another choice worth thinking about is either a K 2.5 or K4 Weaver K series. A bit over $100 for each.
  3. bbutler

    bbutler Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    I have a 3x9x40 bushnell on mine but,Im almost positive you can get higher scope mounts from ruger for a 50 mm.Mine is a tackdriver .:D
  4. RuralTurtle

    RuralTurtle Member

    May 8, 2006

    Thanks for the tips. I'll do some web searches on those models & see what I turn up. Any other ideas would be great too.

    Thanx again.
  5. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2003
    I put a Leupold Vari-x II 1-4x20 on my ranch rifle. I love it!

    I never intended it to be a long range shooter. At 1x it's almost like open sights, the field of view is so big. 4x is plenty at the upper end for my needs.
  6. doc tc

    doc tc Active Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    You might also consider the Burris Fullfield II 3-9 w/BallisticPlex reticle for a couple of hundred. Works fine on my 580 Ranch, though usually I don't mount the scope; just use the scope to test ammo every now and then.

    The BallisticPlex is a pretty cool feature on this scope. With a 100 yard zero the longer range dots line up pretty well on most ammunition.

    Of course an untamed Ranch will eventually beat the living hell out of most reticle scopes so the idea of a red dot or whatever probably makes more sense, but then you really don't have a scope, do you?

    Anyway, to me the 580 Ranch should be left the way it comes out of the box as far as sights are concerned unless you need to evaluate ammo; the rifle's sighting equipment is consistent with its intended purpose, for the most part, which is quick, off-hand shooting.

    I mean you really don't think that you can hit Mr. Gopher in the melon at 300 yards with this rifle anyway, do you?

    Because the stock Ranch, out of the box, just will not do it, scope or no scope. Of course the scope will help you to understand the "grouping" characteristics of the Ranch. Hopefully you will not toss the entire investment into a ditch after your intial outing.

    I suppose there may be one or two folks who might be inclined to flame me for the next comment but make it I will: In my opinion a stock Ranch rifle with a scope is a fundamentally ridiculous arrangement in almost all cases (unless you are testing ammo) and serves to defeat the purpose of the arm. I like to keep track of what I am shooting at, you know, while I am shooting at it. Tube scopes don't help that very much.

    Don't know about red dots and the like as I have never used one.

    By the way, I really, really like my Ranch and would never part with it irrespective of it's performance limits. It is quick and handy, points well, and so long as you leave the large cap magazines at the gun show, it carries well in the field. It takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin', you know?

    Simplicity, man.

    But if you absolutely must mount a scope consider the Burris as it is a good enough scope for this rifle. It has always worked fine for me when I needed it and it is, so far as I can tell, good quality for the price.

  7. RuralTurtle

    RuralTurtle Member

    May 8, 2006

    Doc, thanks for the kind follow up. It's always good to hear a counterpoint. I might take a middle road & go w/ a reddot sight. Might help my aging eyes see a little better. No, I don't think for a second this is a 300 yard rifle.

    What you said reminds me of something I did years ago. Had a nice little Marlin 30/30 leveraction. It pointed well, carried well and was an all around nice hunting rifle. Well, for some reason I got the notion to put a big ol' scope on it. About the time I got the whole thing installed, sighted, etc., I stopped and thought "why the heck did do that?" LOL! Live an learn. :D

    Thanks again. Have a good one.

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