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Ruger Mini 14
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Posted on 03/29/2012 4:54:07 PM PDT by pfflier

Do any Freepers out there have an opinion on the Ruger mini 14 .223 ranch or tactical carbine? I researched online and comments are good.


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1 posted on 03/29/2012 4:54:13 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier

I have one in stainless for my boat love it


2 posted on 03/29/2012 4:54:54 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: pfflier

We own one, a stainless Ranch model. As long as you don’t expect too much from them you’ll be good. They are not AR’s.


3 posted on 03/29/2012 4:57:31 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: pfflier

Cant shoot NATO rounds.


4 posted on 03/29/2012 4:59:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We can't allow the horrible death of Trayvon Martin to be used as an excuse to disarm us.)
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To: NoLibZone

The manual states this:
“AMMUNITION (580 series mini14 and above)
The RUGER® MINI-14® RANCH RIFLES are chambered for the .223
Remington (5.56mm) cartridge. The Mini-14 Ranch Rifle is designed to use either
standardized U.S. military, OR factory loaded sporting .223 (5.56mm) cartridges
manufactured in accordance with U.S. industry practice.”


5 posted on 03/29/2012 5:03:54 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: Lurker
What is "too much"?

Reliability?

Accuracy

Quality?. From what I read they are more tolerant of dirt in the action and less accurate than an AR-15.

6 posted on 03/29/2012 5:05:00 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: al baby
I have one in stainless for my boat love it

I'm stuned that you haven't attached a beeber-like device to it.

They do that every day in Thailand. Seriesly.

Useful when it's time to scarmable.

7 posted on 03/29/2012 5:06:05 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: NoLibZone

Is it limited to Winchester .223?


8 posted on 03/29/2012 5:06:14 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier

They are basically M14/Garand rifle carbines. The Garand action and gas system is superior to any gas impingment system. There is a reason ARs have to be constantly cleaned to prevent jams, and took 25 or 30 years to perfect. Mini-14s can shoot the 5.56 NATO as well as the .223 Remington round. I shoot NATO rounds for plinking in my Mini-14 all the time. I would recommend the Mini-30 and the more versatile 7.62X39 round however. I often carry a mini 30 here in the Alaska bush as a long arm, very easy to pack and has plenty of stopping power.


9 posted on 03/29/2012 5:07:28 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: pfflier

They are not as accurate as an AR.


10 posted on 03/29/2012 5:08:44 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: NoLibZone

The manual states this:
“AMMUNITION (580 series mini14 and above)
The RUGER® MINI-14® RANCH RIFLES are chambered for the .223
Remington (5.56mm) cartridge. The Mini-14 Ranch Rifle is designed to use either
standardized U.S. military, OR factory loaded sporting .223 (5.56mm) cartridges
manufactured in accordance with U.S. industry practice.”


11 posted on 03/29/2012 5:08:57 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: pfflier

The Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle is an excellent carbine. It will shoot both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO.


12 posted on 03/29/2012 5:09:32 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: NoLibZone

“Cant shoot NATO rounds.”

They most certainly can.


13 posted on 03/29/2012 5:10:25 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: pfflier

Don’t expect too much in the way of accuracy, especially once the barrel heats up. They have a tendency to string shots vertically. They are very reliable and well made.

Mrs L prefers it to the AR.


14 posted on 03/29/2012 5:13:22 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: NoLibZone
Cant shoot NATO rounds.

Yeah they can, do it all the time. NATO green tip in battle packs.

15 posted on 03/29/2012 5:13:22 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: mountainlion
They are not as accurate as an AR.

I'm not as accurate as an AR anymore. Age does that to you. No point in owning a rifle that shoots better than you do. ;)

/johnny

16 posted on 03/29/2012 5:14:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JohnKinAK

I have a Mini-30 and load my own ammo. I have been able to develop a low-velocity (subsonic) load using 190 grain bullets, which I found to be very accurate at 50 yards, but they won’t stabilize out to 100. What I wanted was something to shoot armadillos in the yard at my farm place at night without disturbing the neighbors. It’s interesting that a round like this, at 1100 ft/second, retains nearly all its muzzle velocity almost out to 100 yards with the high ballistic coefficient of the 190 grain spitzer bullet.


17 posted on 03/29/2012 5:17:23 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: pfflier
The one I used to have (15 yrs ago) was a pain to mount a
scope on. Other than that it was a good rifle and accurate,
although I have heard that mine was an exception.
18 posted on 03/29/2012 5:18:13 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: pfflier
They work fine.
They're reliable.
They're almost always light and handy.
They're OK on accuracy through the primitive iron sights.
You can mount a scope/sight to a Mini-14, but that's no guarantee you're improving your accuracy.
They use proprietary and spendy magazines.
The inexpensive magazines not made by Ruger can be lousy.
They're not very configurable.
They haven't got a reliable parts supply outside of Ruger if you break something.
They're overpriced compared to AR15s.
The Ruger 'accurized' versions are comically overpriced.
There's been some quality issues with the Mini-14 in recent years. Do your research.
After all these years, Ruger finally makes an AR15 clone.
No manufacturer wants to make a Mini-14 clone.

19 posted on 03/29/2012 5:22:26 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: pfflier

Personally, I think the Mini 14 is a great rifle as a varmint(coyote) gun.


20 posted on 03/29/2012 5:22:41 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: pfflier

I’ve got the ranch rifle. It’s easy to clean and shoots well. I can put a 10 inch shot group at 300 yards with iron sights no problem. Plus, the cheapest ammo available.


21 posted on 03/29/2012 5:22:54 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: pfflier

22 posted on 03/29/2012 5:25:38 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: 19th LA Inf

Is the accuracy your getting from your Mini30 meeting your expectations? I’ve heard that accuracy can be lousy with these guns is why I asked. I have an SKS and an AK so I really don’t need another 7.62x39mm gun, but would have considered one if the timing was right.


23 posted on 03/29/2012 5:25:57 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: omega4179

Is the receiver stamped 5.56 MM ?


24 posted on 03/29/2012 5:25:57 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We can't allow the horrible death of Trayvon Martin to be used as an excuse to disarm us.)
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To: pfflier

I got two minis. For the same money you can get an AR. Much more accurate.


25 posted on 03/29/2012 5:28:09 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: NoLibZone

We go through this ever year.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2677734/posts


26 posted on 03/29/2012 5:28:37 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We can't allow the horrible death of Trayvon Martin to be used as an excuse to disarm us.)
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To: pfflier

Known problem with vertical stringing after multiple rounds.

Still useful, just less useful at longer ranges under such conditions.


27 posted on 03/29/2012 5:31:21 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: pfflier
Why would anyone post a comment open to the public and the Freddy’s who are monitoring this website about their firearms?

Three lines of communication to the Feds, telephone, telegraph, and tell the feds on a public blog!

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

28 posted on 03/29/2012 5:33:37 PM PDT by paratrooper82 (We are kicking Ass in Afghanistan, soon we will be home to kick some more Asses in Congress!)
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If you like accuracy, get an AR15. Every Mini-14 I have ever shot scatters its shots around because of that whippy little barrel.


29 posted on 03/29/2012 5:33:46 PM PDT by Borderline
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To: pfflier

If you can get a new one, they’ve massively improved the accuracy over the early models.

Shooting one side by side with an older one, it’s night and day.


30 posted on 03/29/2012 5:33:46 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg
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To: pfflier

where’s a photo


31 posted on 03/29/2012 5:35:25 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: The KG9 Kid; pfflier

“They’re overpriced compared to AR15s.”

ditto that.

I think you’ll be happier with a good AR15.


32 posted on 03/29/2012 5:36:36 PM PDT by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: pfflier

Used to have one, loved it!


33 posted on 03/29/2012 5:38:21 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (No Romney or Santorum vote from my family!)
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To: pfflier

They’re good but for about $100 more you can get an AR-15 that is much better. Sometimes you can get an AR-15 for the same price.


34 posted on 03/29/2012 5:39:32 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: pfflier

You can help its accuracy by replacing the thick, front blade sight with an HK type front sight with flash hider. the hooded HK front sight lines up nicely with the rear ring sight.


35 posted on 03/29/2012 5:39:43 PM PDT by fso301
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To: pfflier

If considering, do yourself a BIG favor and get an AR15 type rifle instead. The reasons are too numerous to count here. (I’ve owned both rifles)


36 posted on 03/29/2012 5:40:24 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: FreedomPoster
My intended uses are home protection, light game hunting (rabbits) and outdoor intermediate range self defense say, end of the block range.

How will this play with vertical stringing after 30 shots?

37 posted on 03/29/2012 5:40:31 PM PDT by pfflier
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My understanding is that they have accuracy problems. Get yourself a DPMS Panther AR-15 .223/5.56x45 Nato, with a couple of 30 round magazines.


38 posted on 03/29/2012 5:40:46 PM PDT by crosshairs (Civil rights are for civil people.)
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I bought one the first year they came out with the ranch rifle (integral scope mounts). best group was 4”-5” at 100 yards., From what I’ve read, later models were produced with tighter tolerances and are somewhat more accurate. Bought it for $250.00 new, no ten day wait, no check. (in CA.) Back in the good ol days.


39 posted on 03/29/2012 5:41:30 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: pfflier

A friend had one for his Jeep in the 80s. I saw him miss many coyotes and foxes. Every time I could talk him in to letting me shoot it, I would empty his 30 round magazine. Good times. I never remember it jamming, though.


40 posted on 03/29/2012 5:41:51 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: pfflier

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2010/09/william-c-montgomery/reconsidering-the-ruger-mini-14/


41 posted on 03/29/2012 5:42:12 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg
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I have a couple of friends who have them. They’re OK, but they can’t compare to an AR-15 as far as accessories or flexibility is concerned.


42 posted on 03/29/2012 5:56:24 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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Get a Ruger 10/22, then replace it with a mini-14 stock. It’ll look like a mini-14 carbine, but will give you a way to shoot very cheaply to work on marksmenship, and for small varmits. I said small varmits.

As mentioned by others, get an AR-15 for a little more if you want range and accuracy.....and one-size-fits-all varmits.


43 posted on 03/29/2012 6:04:42 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: pfflier

I have one in stainless for years that I bought on sale. I am not a .223 fan, but the rifle is fine. It is a little loud. I like the .30 M-1 carbine better for shooting. The kids also like it better.

If you can buy one for a good price go for it.


44 posted on 03/29/2012 6:06:34 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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I own a Ruger Mini-14, a Bushmaster Xm15-e2s, and a WASR10 (cheap AK47 clone). In terms of reliability, I would rank the Mini-14 with the WASR10. I have never had a jam with either weapon. The Bushmaster has jammed one time and it was because of a bad magazine. In terms of accuracy The Bushmaster is the best, then the Mini-14, and the WASR10 is only accurate to about 75 yards(for me). I can clean and reasamble my WASR10 in about 5 minutes, the Mini-14 in less than 10 minutes, and my Xm in about 15 minutes. Both the WASR10 and the Mini-14 lose accuarcy as they heat up, my Bushmaster seems not to have any problem with heating up. I have shot 1000’s of rounds through each of them and I love them all. The WASR10 was the cheapest, and the Mini-14 was a lot less than my Bushmaster. If you want a Mini-14 get it, it is fun as hell to shoot. I am a US Army Expert and a NRA Sharpshooter with 1 bar, and I can tell you that no weapon is perfect. So buy as many weapons as you can afford and find out what works for you.


45 posted on 03/29/2012 6:07:46 PM PDT by Do the math (Doug)
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To: JohnKinAK
They are basically M14/Garand rifle carbines.

It's not like any M14 I ever fired.

I don't own one, but went over one very closely at the gun shop looking for an M14 like rifle. This was not it.

Now the Springfield Armory M1A is a different story. It is an M14 without semi auto capability.

46 posted on 03/29/2012 6:08:56 PM PDT by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: Lurker

Spend a little more for the harmonic damper on the heavier barrel and it is accurate.


47 posted on 03/29/2012 6:10:52 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: real saxophonist

Thats funny.


48 posted on 03/29/2012 6:15:55 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: pfflier

Cabela’s also sells multi round clips 10s , 20s , 30s , and 40 rounders , folding stocks and other accessories .


49 posted on 03/29/2012 6:19:56 PM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: pfflier; Travis McGee
I have no personal knowledge but there is a testimonial here.
50 posted on 03/29/2012 6:20:38 PM PDT by magslinger (If I wanted to vote for a Commie I would vote for Obammie. He has a chance of winning.)
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