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Should i sell my Mini 14 20GB for a M1 Carbine

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Crosby67ss, Jan 11, 2011.

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  1. Crosby67ss

    Crosby67ss Member

    Hey yall im new to this site so if u havent read the intro thread then hey. I own a Mini 14 20gb with a Tapco OD adjustable stock and ive got a ontario M7 bayonet on it. well anyway theres a gun show coming up this weekend and i had my eye on a M1 Carbine. i know yall have done a couple threads on the 2 rifles so just hang in there. I love the Mini, i bought it used from a gunshop and i have had no problems with it. but...i love history and it would be awsome to have a M1 Carbine. ive done my homework and i know the history on it. now, do yall think i should sell the Mini and buy a M1 Carbine. and for wat price. ive got 2 stocks, 100 rounds of 5.56 ammo, 5 clips and scope mounts.

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  2. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    I assume that you aren't able to own both?
  3. Crosby67ss

    Crosby67ss Member

    id like to but no. the economy like it is if i want something i gota sell something.
  4. Zanad

    Zanad Well-Known Member

    you may be able to get around $650 for everything but that's just me.
  5. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    They're kinda the same type of gun, with the mini shooting a much more versatile round. The carbine is very cool, though. Me, I'd eat beans and rice for a while and get both.

    Put the money you're spending on sodas/coffee/snacks/whatever in a can for a month or two and see what you end up with. Might be more than you think. ;)
  6. Double Vision

    Double Vision Well-Known Member

    You would really enjoy having both. Good luck with whatever choice you make.
  7. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    You answered your own question.
  8. fireside44

    fireside44 Well-Known Member

    If you have a good gun already, you don't let it go.

    Unless it doesn't get used.
  9. Kenneth

    Kenneth Well-Known Member

    I think the 30 cal carbine is the better gun. Although the 5.56mm has way better terminal ballistics than the 30 cal.
  10. Crosby67ss

    Crosby67ss Member

    i think im goin to keep the mini cause i sold a 1991 skateboard for $335 on ebay a couple weeks ago and ive got alot of change in jars in the attic. im sry if this is off topic, i know all the people who made the M1's but which one would be just an average one. not to pricey but still sexy.
  11. sappyg

    sappyg Well-Known Member

    glad you're keeping the mini. i had one once but it wasn't very accurate. still, 30 carbine ammo has gone way north and i shoot mine hardly at all as a result.
    there were more inlands made than any other M1 carbine maker. that make should get you a fine example at a reasonable price.

    good luck and welcome to THR
  12. carbine85

    carbine85 Well-Known Member

    From the investment stand point I would sell the Mini and keep the Carbine. You can always pick up a good used or new Mini. A real good and nice M1 Carbine cost more than a Mini and the Carbine value should increase.
  13. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    All the Mini really is, is an improved carbine, IMO.
    The .223 is a better round IMO, .30 cal rounds are not that great until you can push the velocity a little.
    Keep it, but get that bayonet off.
    Looks silly, those guns look wayy better in the Wood stocks, IMO.
  14. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I gotta agree with JD on this.
  15. TheCol.U.S.M.C.

    TheCol.U.S.M.C. Well-Known Member

    FYI you have 10 clips (the things holding your ammo in the pic)
    you have 5 magazines (the things that feeds the ammo into the rifle)
  16. sappyg

    sappyg Well-Known Member

    eeewe, i didn't see the bayonet (didn't look at the pic) but that really needs to go.
    there was a guy at the range last week with a mini that did not have a bayo. it shot a bit poor. can't imagine what the bayo would have done for his groups. not good i'll bet.
    i'll bet you could sell the bayo and the collapsable stock and raise more coin for ammo etc.
  17. amd6547

    amd6547 Well-Known Member

    One of the worst moves I have made in my firearm history was selling an M1 carbine to buy a Mini 14...I regretted it as soon as I shot the Mini.
    5.56mm is a "better" cartridge...in an AR15.
    The 30 carbine round does everything I need within 150yds. There is plenty of ammo in the $20/50rd box range.
    I keep my CMP Inland as my HD longarm, loaded with Remington SP's.
  18. Kenneth

    Kenneth Well-Known Member

    A few more thoughts

    The .30 carbine is the superior machine. Its only real weakness is that the ammunition is underpowered. I would much prefer the 5.56 mm if there was a breakdown of civil authority.

    The Mini 14 does have some good points. There are a ton of aftermarket goodies for it. Some better than others. They can be made to very accurate depending on how much money you want to spend. For around a hundred bucks you can get a barrel stabilizer that you can install yourself, or you can send it out to get a full blown accuracy job as in having it blueprinted, match grade bull barrel etc. for as long as you can keep listening to the cash register ring.

    Its major weaknesses are that the barrel overheats very quickly and the extractor plunger is susceptible to wear to the point of losing the extractor during use.

    Even though its not real accurate, it is battle accurate. Meaning you can consistently hit a 20" by 20" target at 200 yards.
  19. OrangePwrx9

    OrangePwrx9 Well-Known Member

    Gunshows usually have a few guys who specialize in selling used wooden stocks. I'd try to sell the Tapco, bayo, and a few of those other gimcracks at the show and then pick up a Mini-14 wooden stock. With that on your Mini, it'll look as sexy as any M1 carbine while using a much more versatile and common round.
  20. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I have 2 Mini wood stocks that I would sell. Series 188 and 189. One is for blued and the other is for SS. PM me if interested.
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