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Mini 14 Target Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by browning308, Mar 6, 2011.

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  1. browning308

    browning308 Member

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    I'v just recently seen That ruger makes a mini 14 target rifle and i think that its awesome. But i can't find decent reviews on it. But on alot of the vids it seems that the ruger is getting sub moa. Does anyone have experience with this gun? If you do is it an accurate rifle for the price? "i'v found some for 789$" How does it size up to the ar-15 varminters?
     
  2. Skyshot

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    The mini-14 will shoot sub-moa with "good" amo however you can not shoot 5.56 ammo only .223 because of chamber specs.
     
  3. jem375

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    My mini-14 shoots both, you are thinking about the AR's...
     
  4. Byron

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    The Mini Targets are only 223 while the standard Mini will shoot both.
     
  5. jem375

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    roger that
     
  6. Cal-gun Fan

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    If it were up to me, Id save and get a nice AR varminter and a scope.
     
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  8. browning308

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    It sounds like a nice rifle, everything seems to be in place and it looks rugged. I plan on saving up for one since the ar-15's are 900$ and up. And this ruger seems as though it could keep pace with it. Do you guys think with special handholds and good practice that this gun could be 500 yard gun? Thats the furthest i want to shoot, and i absolutely love the idea of a semi auto!! Tell me what you guys think Thanks Chris
     
  9. husker

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    To heavy for a coyote rig. Over priced IMO
     
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  10. browning308

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    Idk its that expensive, you get what you pay for, i'm just wondering if this rifle is worth it?
     
  11. browning308

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    Its not going to be a coyote rig, just a varmint/target rig.... and idk its over priced, have you seen the ar-15's lately? I just wanted to know if this gun was worth buying? Thanks, Chris
     
  12. Double Vision

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    The Minis get beat up a lot in some forum discussions but my new -14 Ranch and -Thirty Tactical are great fun to shoot, and plenty accurate enough for me. I really do like them.
    Good luck and have fun!
     
  13. Skyshot

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    I say buy it if you like it, I have one of the taticle patrol mini's and I like it a lot. It shoots about 1 1/2 to 2 moa @ 100 yards.
     
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    A Mini-14 Target rifle is kinda like souping up a truck for drag racing. Yeah, you can make them quick, but it will always be slower than if you had started with a sports car.

    Minis are small, lightweight, rugged, and reliable. If you want accuracy go with an AR.
     
  16. 40nascar

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    The one advantage to the mini is the big tuning wieght on the end of the barrel. Its probably a tossup in the accuracy dept Vs. an Hbar AR, but you are spending at least $300 - $400 less for the ruger.

    I love mini's, but in this case, the more parts friendly AR proably gets the nod with if you can swing for the extra cost.
     
  17. Idaho Dana

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    I had one and mounted a Weaver varmit scope on it. After tuning the barrel damper to about 1/2 inch in from the muzzle, it was sub moa. There are a couple of videos on You Tube that will show what it can do. The Target version is a very accurate rifle. It compares well with AR's with target or varmit barrels.
     
  18. Idaho Dana

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    Oops my bad. If you read the owners manual, all the Mini's will shoot 556 ammo except the Target. It specifically tells you to fire only 223 Rem in it.
     
  19. Adam123

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    I've handled and shot the Mini 14 Target rifle and was not impressed. I am assuming that you are talking about this one:

    http://copsgunshop.com/images/ruger/5844.jpg

    They look nice, but that's about it. I've also heard a lot of complaints about how thin the barrel was under the forend, but can't really speak on that. I guess it also depends on the amount that you want to spend. The last time I looked at them, they were close to $700.00. You can put together a pretty nice AR for that and an even better one for just a bit more. In my humble opinion, ditch the Mini and go for an AR.
     
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    You won't get a target mini for less than an AR. Buy any $500-$600 AR with a flat top. Put a scope on it and you will shoot near MOA with bulk ammo. Buy good ammo and it will easily be sub MOA. They will shoot either 5.56 or 223 as well.

    Couple of months back I spent $400 for another upper with a Wilson target barrel that is guaranteed to shoot 1/4 MOA and put it on a $250 lower. It will probably do it, but I'm only getting groups in the .3's. I'm sure a better trigger puller could do better.
     
  21. browning308

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    jmr40,

    I have done my research and i can get a ruger target less than any ar-15 varmint rig, but i'v never put any thought into building one though?
     
  22. Brock Landers

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    I'm tempted by this Mini-14 Target version mainly because I'm thinking of moving to an AWB area and this gun seems to be compliant and I know the Minis have a great reputation for reliability. I haven't seen much of a used market for these guns but I see that CDNN has them right now for $699. Anyone else know of a good place to look for these?
     
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    I wouldn't mind having one of these. The regular minis aren't known for pin point accuracy and I always thought they could and should be made to be so.
     
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    If you like it, buy it. Life too short to mess with stuff you don't like.
     
  25. M1key

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    To those who think the mini cain't be made to shoot...This is not even a Target model.
     

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