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Ruger Mini-14 Club

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dave Markowitz, Dec 24, 2007.

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  1. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Member

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    I know that a lot of THR members have Ruger Mini-14s that they like for plinking, truck guns, varmint control, and defense. Let's see some pics.

    First, my blued 182-series Mini-14, with an Eagle HK-style flash suppressor and front sight, and Brownell's Latigo sling. Both the rifle and the Ruger factory 20 rounder were law enforcement trade-ins.

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    Second is another LE trade-in, this one a stainless 186-series Mini-14GB. I just put it in the Butler Creek folder this morning. The magazine is a Ruger factory 20 in stainless steel, the only one I've seen.

    Open...

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    ...and folded...

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    Note the extra evil bayonet lug. :evil: I plan to add a set of 1.25" QD swivels and a sling. In this configuration it'll make a nice, compact, low-maintenance gun to stow in the truck on road trips.

    Let's see what you've got.

    (I would appreciate it if the Mini-14 bashers -- you know who you are -- would not crap on this thread.)
     
  2. Gunsnrovers

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    I like mine. Makes for a fun shooter and a decent 50~100 yard rifle. My wife likes it too which adds value. I've had this one since 1992. Aside from a few stuck cases which have been cleared with a swift kick and a few failures to feed while I played with smaller gas ports, it's been a reliable little rifle.

    The Hogue stock fits a lot better. The accu-strut up front appears to have tightened the groups. A trigger job helps as well.
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  3. Dave Markowitz

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    Jeff,

    Very nice! Did you have your barrel chopped?
     
  4. 686S&W

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    Look at the pretties.

    Have an AR, an AK, and looking to add a Mini to my collection soon.
     
  5. Gunsnrovers

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    Not chopped, but I've been debating that as an option.
     
  6. Dave Markowitz

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    If you do like I did and can find a law enforcement trade-in, they are pretty reasonably priced. E.g., I paid $350 for the blued rifle in 2003 (w/o the Eagle front sight/flash hider), and about $450 for the stainless GB last year. The Butler Creek stock on the GB was about $70 at a gun show a few years ago.
     
  7. JKimball

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    This has been a fun gun. I bought it used and unfortunately paid more than a new one would cost, but I fell in love with the feel (and look) of the stock and couldn't pass it up. The stock stock just doesn't seem to agree with me.

    I haven't put more than a thousand rounds through it, but it hasn't had a single malfunction so far.
     

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    Interesting, I've never seen a Mini-14 with a sporter stock like that.

    I'm not surprised with the lack of malfunctions. Mini-14s are generally extremely reliable as long as you have somewhat decent ammo and good magazines.
     
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    Anyone know where I can find one of the M14 (long birdcage) style flash hiders for the mini?
     
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    I have a new 580 series I am handloading for, but no add ons yet. Did make for some interesting pictures...very photogenic rifle.

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    Here's mine, with an old steel tube Weaver 1 1/2 x 4 1/2.

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  12. TIMC

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    I've owned this one twice. Gave it away as a birthday gift to my dad many years ago then bought it back from him when he wanted to upgrade to an AR.
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  13. Uncle Chan

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    TIMC,

    Where did you get the bipod? I would like to get one like it for my Mini.

    U.C.
     
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    i have the same ss le trade in folder that i got a little over a yr ago (came with the ss folder) not 450 though :( iirc, it was $600. you got a deal on that one, ive not seen them that cheap!! i could have had one w/ the factory stock for 500, but that was the cheapest i could find.
     
  15. DannyinJapan

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    I LOVE MINI-14s. Great Rifle. I wish our military adopted it. (I only wish it had a striaght-in magazine.)
     
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    I love the look of the mini's. I have a question though; what is the deal with the barrel whip I hear about on the Mini's? I haven't had the chance to shoot one yet so I don't know if it makes a huge difference.
     
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    Dave and others,

    where can LE trade in Mini-14's be found ? and for how much ?

    Merry Christmas
     
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    boalex,

    Both of mine were bought from a local FFL who frequently buys LE trade in guns. You might look around for local gun shops who do that or who would be willing to order you one from a distributor.

    The last time I saw blued LE trade in Mini-14s locally, they were around $375 to $400.
     
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    My mini is a SS LE ranch rifle trade in I got for $400. It has an aftermarket stock and I put a 1.5-6x Millet scope on it. Mags are touch and go, it's almost worthwhile to try and find ruger 20-rounders (hard, I know) so you don't have ftf problems. Last few I saw, however, were $50 each and it took the shop a while to get a hold of em, but unless you're shooting rabbits (I carry at minimum 90 rounds), I'd get one or two for target shooting, budget permitting.

    Some dealers have a contract, maybe just an agreement with LE agency's to buy thier trade-ins and sell them new rifles/pistols.

    piss on 'em, they can have thier opinion and eat it too :D. My meenee is the best truck/rabbit gun I could ever want. IMHO, inherent rifle accuracy goes out the window when a rabbit is running 30 mph at 40 yards, its all feel baby. Besides 1 round or 3, it dies just the same.
     
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    Here is mine. It is a great coyote brush gun.
     

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    What type of mount isthat for your scope, Benelli?
     
  24. Benelli Shooter

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    It is an Ultimak with an Aimpoint Comp ML2. The barrel is cut down to 16". It groups an honest 2-3" with no POI shift when it heats up. Never, ever malfunctions. It is a great, fast handling rifle.
     
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    Mini-30 Python (snake skin)
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