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Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? #4791228
06/19/18 02:51 PM
06/19/18 02:51 PM
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I have the opportunity to buy a new in box Mini-14 for $599. Standard brown wood stock and only comes with a 5 round magazine. Having proprietary mags (wish it took AR mags) is a negative, but not a deal breaker. I've always been intrigued by this rifle (maybe from watching the A-Team as a kid?), but never found the right deal, I suppose. Would like to have one in my collection, but it's not something I HAVE to have.

So, yay or nay? What say you?


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791239
06/19/18 02:59 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPAPsWYwuJ0

I used to watch the A-Team when I was a kid, too. They are pretty cool, if it is no rush maybe you should hold out for a nice old used one. That's what I would do unless there is nothing on the used market where you live.

If you do not need it right away you can do a market analysis and then buy the next good deal that comes up.


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791243
06/19/18 03:02 PM
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I'd pass at $600. You can get a decent AR for that which will be better in every way. Including millions of cheap mags. Ruger factory mags are $$$.

ETA: those mini ranch guns really don't bring out my inner A Team.

Last edited by hatt; 06/19/18 03:05 PM.

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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791250
06/19/18 03:13 PM
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Yea, I own 2. Well technically a Mini 14 and 30. Are there better guns? Sure, are there cheaper ARs? Sure. As long as you don't expect 1 MOA at 100 yards you'll be happy. Fantastic guns and as long as they're newer that ARE accurate.


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: hatt] #4791253
06/19/18 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted By: hatt
I'd pass at $600. You can get a decent AR for that which will be better in every way. Including millions of cheap mags. Ruger factory mags are $$$.

ETA: those mini ranch guns really don't bring out my inner A Team.


LOL, yeah, I know. I already have two ARs. This is just a chance to add something different to my collection. It was marked down from $800, so it piqued my interest.


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791258
06/19/18 03:23 PM
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They are more of a M1 carbine instead of an AR .I would get the target model if it were me but then I don't shoot the rifles I own now.


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791263
06/19/18 03:25 PM
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Nothing under a grand here in Oz ($1,300 used typical), and a special licence needed.

If I had the hankering, and the spare money, why not.

BTW, well done on correct usage of "piqued"

Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791268
06/19/18 03:28 PM
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You can easily buy a cheaper AR from multiple places for less money but the one thing the Mini 14 has going for it is that it has historically never been part of any proposed bans so it might be a good investment.

Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791269
06/19/18 03:30 PM
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I have 3 Ruger Mini's. All are good running, dependable rifles. Are they as accurate as an AR? No. But they were never meant to be a target grade weapon. (Ruger did attempt to sell a "target version" of it with some silly, sliding harmonic barrel weight on it). It never sold well, and was a dumb idea. I think it has been discontinued.

But as a range and fun gun, they are a lot of fun to shoot. They run well, and the newer models that are built on the newer, improved tooling are reasonably accurate. Now with Hi-Capacity 20 and 30 round Ruger magazines available at a fair price, they are even more desirable. $600.00 is a good price. I would go for it. You won't be disappointed. Especially now that AR's have been done to death by everyone and their brother. Is there a gun company that doesn't make one? I think even Savage and Mossberg are getting in on the AR craze now.





Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791279
06/19/18 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: 28oz
Originally Posted By: hatt
I'd pass at $600. You can get a decent AR for that which will be better in every way. Including millions of cheap mags. Ruger factory mags are $$$.

ETA: those mini ranch guns really don't bring out my inner A Team.


LOL, yeah, I know. I already have two ARs. This is just a chance to add something different to my collection. It was marked down from $800, so it piqued my interest.
If you're looking at the Walmart clearance ones they'll be going down some more. I'd wait for another price drop. For $822 you can get a tactical model from Buds.


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: CT8] #4791285
06/19/18 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted By: CT8
They are more of a M1 carbine instead of an AR .I would get the target model if it were me but then I don't shoot the rifles I own now.

I like the look of the French Minis. They have that M1 Carbine vibe.


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: 28oz] #4791294
06/19/18 03:52 PM
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Mini-14 with a wooden stock and a 20 rd mag is not as visually threatening to the sheeple as an AR is.


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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: hatt] #4791299
06/19/18 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: hatt
For $822 you can get a tactical model from Buds.


2 of mine are the Tactical Models. One blue, the other in Stainless. The nice thing about the tactical models, is mine came with 2, 20 round magazines, plus the rings. So when you factor in the cost of the rings and mags, it becomes a better deal.

My other Mini is a NRA Edition with the Hogue overmolded stock. The only thing I don't care for on the gun is the Ruger scope mounting system. It's OK, and I have never had any issues with mine, (either on the Mini or my Model 77 in .30-06). I just think there are better mounting systems available. (At least Ruger finally got away from those stupid slotted screws for the ring caps, and went to Torx's screws).

If I'm not mistaken, someone makes a scope mounting set up for the Ruger Mini 14 that incorporates a Picatinny Rail set up that attaches to the bases that are machined into the receiver. It allows you to use any Picatinny or Weaver type rings you want. It's a nicer set up because it allows you to vary the distance between the rings. With the Ruger set up, you're stuck with what they give you.






Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: billt460] #4791316
06/19/18 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted By: billt460
Originally Posted By: hatt
For $822 you can get a tactical model from Buds.


2 of mine are the Tactical Models. One blue, the other in Stainless. The nice thing about the tactical models, is mine came with 2, 20 round magazines, plus the rings. So when you factor in the cost of the rings and mags, it becomes a better deal.

My other Mini is a NRA Edition with the Hogue overmolded stock. The only thing I don't care for on the gun is the Ruger scope mounting system. It's OK, and I have never had any issues with mine, (either on the Mini or my Model 77 in .30-06). I just think there are better mounting systems available. (At least Ruger finally got away from those stupid slotted screws for the ring caps, and went to Torx's screws).

If I'm not mistaken, someone makes a scope mounting set up for the Ruger Mini 14 that incorporates a Picatinny Rail set up that attaches to the bases that are machined into the receiver. It allows you to use any Picatinny or Weaver type rings you want. It's a nicer set up because it allows you to vary the distance between the rings. With the Ruger set up, you're stuck with what they give you.





Ruger hurts you with mag prices. They want close to $40 for flimsy American mags. I decided to wait for Magpul to release the hunter stock instead of buying spare mags. $30+ mini mags is a tough pill to swallow. I like having a good supply of mags for autos. 2-3 mags will get me by with a bolt.

Last edited by hatt; 06/19/18 04:19 PM.

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Re: Ruger Mini-14, yay or nay? [Re: billt460] #4791319
06/19/18 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted By: billt460
Originally Posted By: hatt
For $822 you can get a tactical model from Buds.


2 of mine are the Tactical Models. One blue, the other in Stainless. The nice thing about the tactical models, is mine came with 2, 20 round magazines, plus the rings. So when you factor in the cost of the rings and mags, it becomes a better deal.

My other Mini is a NRA Edition with the Hogue overmolded stock. The only thing I don't care for on the gun is the Ruger scope mounting system. It's OK, and I have never had any issues with mine, (either on the Mini or my Model 77 in .30-06). I just think there are better mounting systems available. (At least Ruger finally got away from those stupid slotted screws for the ring caps, and went to Torx's screws).

If I'm not mistaken, someone makes a scope mounting set up for the Ruger Mini 14 that incorporates a Picatinny Rail set up that attaches to the bases that are machined into the receiver. It allows you to use any Picatinny or Weaver type rings you want. It's a nicer set up because it allows you to vary the distance between the rings. With the Ruger set up, you're stuck with what they give you.







Very nice!


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