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Mini 14 Questions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jwalker497, Sep 6, 2009.

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Which Caliber and Bullet type would you chose for a SHTF Scenario

  1. .223 with FMJs

    20 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. .223 with JHPs

    15 vote(s)
    30.0%
  3. 7.62 or .308 with FMJs

    7 vote(s)
    14.0%
  4. 7.62 or .308 with JHPs

    8 vote(s)
    16.0%
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  1. jwalker497

    jwalker497 Member

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    I have a few questions regarding a Mini 14 .223 as a SHTF rifle.

    1. What type of defensive round chambered in .223,choose FMJ or JHPs?
    2. Also what grain and brands would be recommended.
    3. Lastly would you choose a 7.62 or a 5.56(223) in a SHTF type of scenario
    4. Can you reccomend a simple Red Dot sight that will mount with the stock rings the mini 14 comes with.
    5. Do you feel that a .223 would be sufficient man stopper or would a 7.62 or .308 be better suited for that job?
     
  2. DMK

    DMK Member

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    Just so you know, you can't get a Mini-14 in 308. The Mini-30 is 7.62x39 (like an AK).

    Despite what some Internet commandos might thump their chest about, .223 will do just fine for self defense. Just use a quality round like Winchester Powerpoints or Hornady TAP.
     
  3. LoneStarWings

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    Semi-Auto it'd be 7.62x51mm with Something like Hornady TAP 155gr

    If I had a select fire rifle it'd be 5.56x45mm, also with ballistic tipped type ammo, or whatever would feed reliably in my machine gun.
     
  4. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Member

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    Can you explain what you perceive as a "SHTF" scenario?
     
  5. Maverick223

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    FWIW I have Hornady TAP .223 loaded in my M17. :)
     
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

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    Since mine is .223, I choose it with FMJ. ;)
     
  7. lobo9er

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    i would go for a 7.62. both would do fine for self defense. But say i had to hunt for some grub 7.62 would do a little better, for large game any how. its all what you want to do with it. cuz if you want to eat some small game 7.62/308 may destroy any possible meat.
     
  8. lobo9er

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    after posting that .223 can still drop big game so maybe it would be better. one of those questions that will never really be answered. a .22 lr and a .308 would be a good combo.
     
  9. Marlin 45 carbine

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    if 'SHTF' is some sort of civil unrest or rioting, or due to natural catastrophe the .223 Mini is more than enough IMO. only a really hardened gang would persist when faced with even a few rounds of lowly .22LR zipping by them. never mind a load of 12ga Mag 00 or a centerfire gun slug.
     
  10. Rshooter

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    Your mother in law coming by?

    I would use JHP's

    52 to 62 grains, any good US - Remington, UMC, Winchester, etc
    5.56 in JHP really is enough normally

    Aimpoint, commercial.

    Yes, but really now let's not go there.
     
  11. carbine85

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    I would think that in a all out SHTF situation you might be better off with the .223 / 5.56. Ammo might be more available over the long haul.
    The 5.56 has stopped a lot of men.
    Mounting scopes on a Mini depends on which one you have.
    I bought a Bushnell Red Dot for like $60 and use it on a Carbine. Seems to work well.
     
  12. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    FMJ because they're cheap. All you have to do is render hors d' combat.
     
  13. Quentin

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    Yep, that qualifies! :D


    I voted .223 with FMJs (actually 5.56), they do the job very nicely
     
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