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Author Topic: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience  (Read 1039 times)

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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2017, 04:17:59 PM »
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Yeah but still a bit on the pricey side when compared to AR mags which has always been the problem.

I blame Tapco for only making 5 and 30 round options, lol. Which was why I inquired about the pinned 10/30's in another thread.

I honestly thought the SCR was gonna be the bright light the Mini wanted to be, but that company seriously fumbled its public relations in its transition to new ownership. And the sneaky way they depleted stock to slip the price hike in.
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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2017, 09:29:17 AM »
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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2017, 10:18:16 AM »
Great interview. The new version Mini is definitely one of my favorite rifles. It's accurate, reliable, simple, and just plain fun to shoot especially with iron sights. As long as you don't don't dunk it in mud (an unreasonable, but fun to watch test) it'll do just fine and perhaps more reliable than some ARs that require a good amount of lube. If you want the versatility of being able to swap uppers for different tasks then the AR is nice.

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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2017, 10:28:49 AM »
Are there any good aftermarket barrel choices for the older mini 14's? Ones that wouldn't cost as much as a new mini 14.  If the older thinner barrels were the only issue with the older minis that is.


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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2017, 10:56:57 AM »
I believe the newer ones have tighter tolerances in the receiver and I think one more change I can't remember. A new barrel should definitely help, but I'm not sure if it's cheaper than getting a new one especially after installation costs.

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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2017, 11:30:46 AM »
I know some folks like 'em but I had three over the decades and sold them all.

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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2017, 01:12:04 PM »
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Are there any good aftermarket barrel choices for the older mini 14's? Ones that wouldn't cost as much as a new mini 14.  If the older thinner barrels were the only issue with the older minis that is.
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No but there are barrel attachments which usually significantly improved accuracy.  They basically stiffen the barrel. Mo-rod and accu-strut are two and there may be more.

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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2017, 11:06:21 PM »
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It's a newer rifle purchased new just a few weeks ago at bass pro (not mine). Next time I'll be able to try it with a Leupold VX-R patrol scope. It'll be interesting to see what groups I can get at 100 yards. The barrel is definitely thicker than the older ones and it is very reliable and fun to shoot.

Have you had a chance to try it out at 100 yards?
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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2017, 11:58:22 PM »
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Have you had a chance to try it out at 100 yards?

Hoping to this weekend if I make it to the range. Will post results.

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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2017, 08:20:27 AM »
After the stupidity of '13, I took advantage of Hoffman's excellent pricing on Mini-14s and purchased two.  Both were decent guns, reliable and reasonably accurate. Unfortunately, I sold both of them to jump on the pre-ban bandwagon.

I really miss the stainless Mini-14.  It was quite handy in the woods and made for a good all weather rifle.  If I find a stainless 580 series for a decent price I will take the plunge again.

I'm looking forward to the latest range report.

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Re: Mini 14 stainless ranch accuracy experience
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2017, 09:42:43 AM »
Range available today and this weekend...
Plenty of assorted .223 Remington loads on hand, too (SF & Mk311 frangibles, 64g GDSPs, etc.).
There have been a few on Armslist in CT, but I have no clue as to which series they are. Looks like $700-$800 for any of these...
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I don't see anything on the "Online Store" now, but Hansen's in Southport does get some Ruger employee-owned firearms from time to time; might be worth a look every few months.
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