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Ruger Mini 14 accuracy?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Randy1911, Sep 3, 2010.

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  1. Randy1911

    Randy1911 Member

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    I just put a scope on my Ruger Mini 14 this week (Bushnell). I went to the range today to sight it in. I was shooting just 50 yards but the best grouping I could get was about 3". I was shooting off sandbags and on a measured course. I know I can do better because I get 3/4" @100 yards with my Rem. 700. I was getting about the same with iron sights. Is this the best the gun is capable of? I was expecting better. This is a fun gun to shoot, but not very accurate. Or I am not doing something right.
     
  2. wgp

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    I have a Mini (actually the Ranch Rifle) and like it, but most comments I have read about the rifle don't put "Mini 14" and "accurate" in the same sentence.
     
  3. Randy1911

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    Mine is also the Ranch Rifle. I guess it is just not what I thought I was buying.:(
     
  4. TexasPatriot.308

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    is this a new mini 14? the latest series 580 and 581 (I have the 581 tactical) are very accurate with the newer barrel. I have had them for almost 30 years, no, most are not shooters but fun to shoot, open sights with practice a great self defense and general hunting rifle, dont expect to put round after round in a dime group even with a good scope. I got a Redfield 2x7x33 on my new mini and I will take out when I expect to walk up on a large group of hogs.
     
  5. BigEd63

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    Too many people buy this rifle, which in effect more of a carbine, and a semi-auto one at that.

    Then cry when it does not shoot like a bolt action varmint gun or a National Match M-14/M1A.

    One, thing check the handguard fit. You don't want a real loose one sliding around from shot to shot.
     
  6. Redneck with a 40

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    My Mini-14 will do 1.5"-2" with my handloads, 100 yards prone with a rest, 5 shots. I'm pleased with it, purchased June of '09.
     
  7. Joe Demko

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    I owned a couple. First round accuracy was ok. After that, things were not so pretty.
     
  8. Randy1911

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    I got this gun for Christmas of last year. It is a 581 series. The handgaurd fits real tight. I guess I will just use it for what it is. Does anyone make a 223 semi auto that is accurate? 2" @ 100 yards.
     
  9. jimmyraythomason

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    See post #7.
     
  10. TexasPatriot.308

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    husker...are you a gov't employee??
     
  11. husker

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    Lol. No! texas patriot. not a G-man
    Many accurate semi 223 on the market. & there are many things you can do to a Mini 14 to make it a much better paper puncher. All you will ever wanna know about the Mini 14 & what you wanna do to tighten up your groups can be found hear.
    http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=106
     
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    GBR! ;)

    From my experience with the mini you have acheived average accuracy.
     
  13. FlyinBryan

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    yes. the ar15.

    far more accurate.

    just about any reputable ar will shoot around 1" @ 100yds.

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    they might not be pretty rifles, but they are accurate
     
  14. FlyinBryan

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    the group sizes are in the lower left corners
     
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    You can do a bit of work and spend a bit of money and make the Mini 14 a bit more accurate, but it will rarely ever shoot MOA groups. The newer ones might and the tactical will come closest out of the box, but the Ranch Rifles are just that varmit getters.

    RMD
     
  16. Art Eatman

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    I've put lots of rounds through four of the early Minis. All were quite reliable for first-shot hits at the point of aim. After about the third shot, the skinny barrel would heat up and the groups would open up.

    For a hunter it's no big deal. The first shot and even maybe a second shot are the important ones. Quite a few jackrabbits and several coyotes never complained about my accuracy.

    But bench rest target shooting? No way.

    These newer versions seem to perform a good bit better, but I have no experience with any of them.

    They're as good as any other .223 for a truck gun or for home defense. Just as good as any of the five ARs I've played with since back in the '70s. :)
     
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    Has anyone watched the preview of the new movie "The American" it looks like the main character is using a mini as a sniper rifle.
     
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    dont think he'll get the job done in real life, but it's a movie soon all kinds of thugs will be buying them for sniper rifles....
     
  19. crazyivan

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    I shot a friends ranch rifle last year with him the day after he got it. Used some 55gr ammo. I was resting me left arm on my left knee and I think I remember geting around 3-5" but no more than 5" groups at 100yds.
     
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    I have to agree with FlyinBrian....my bushmaster stock service rifle 16" (the department even refuses to let us change grips) will do a 1.5 to 2" easy prone from 100 yds.

    My advice Randy, trade in the Mini on an AR platform if you just want a defense/plinker.
     
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    I bought a Mini-14 in early 2000. (I sold it in 2004 to settle a debt.) I never did formal accuracy testing from a bench, but did shoot 5- or 6-inch groups (and this was most likely a reflection of my own ability) at ~100 yards, from a prone position, using the open sights. This level of practical accuracy seemed quite adequate for its intended use to me. You don't buy these for benchrest competitions. ;)
     
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    I don't know why people keep buying these guns. In their long existence, they have been plagued with poor accuracy. Even after Ruger stopped buying their barrels from low bidders and started making their own, they are nowhere near as accurate as most box-stock ARs, and they aren't much less expensive.

    It was no surprise to me when the A-Team never actually hit anyone despite thousands of rounds expended. :D What is a surprise is that any Hollywood armorer would supply one for use as a 'sniper rifle'. :rolleyes: That's worse than the use of a 'sniper rifle' used in the 'X Files' series where the 'Marlboro Man' used a Ruger GP100-actioned suppressed rifle. :eek:

    mbogo
     
  23. Art Eatman

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    mbogo, why do people buy a Mini and expect target accuracy? They're hunting rifles and do extremely well at that. And they'll certainly shoot minute-of-head at any reasonable "defense" distance. No question as to reliability, for sure.

    I don't use a screwdriver as a chisel, which might be the problem in my reasoning about the Mini. If I want tight groups as my be-all and end-all, I shoot something that's intended to do that. But for casual coyote-killing, the Mini is as good as any AR ever made--and that's over thirty years of experience with both guns, not a bunch of Internetitis.
     
  24. ironhead7544

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    The Mini 14 is a good self defense carbine out to 150 yards or so. I have had several and would expect 5 inch 100 yard groups with good ammo. Cheap ammo will run around 8 to 10 inch groups at 100. They can be accurized but its expensive. The new ones are reportedly more accurate. Ruger used to call it "the world's most expensive plinker." Just my .02.
     
  25. KimberLover

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    Not so Happy now....

    I had heard that the earlier Mini 14's were not too accurate. It kind of stayed in my mind until I found a used one and bought it.
    Now after reading these posts, I'm leary that I may have made a mistake.
    I wondered about the skinny barrel when I looked at it.
    The stock had been changed from wood to black fiber and seemed to be very tightly bedded. (I have the wood one)
    Havent shot it yet, waiting for the southern heat to let up a little.
    I hope I haven't made a mistake.
    I guess range time will tell the tale.:cool:
     
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