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Old February 21st, 2017, 04:55 PM   #196
 
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I have had mine sense 1977, it's a 181 series and am thinking in getting a newer model. Might be better off to spend the money buying ammo.



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Old February 21st, 2017, 06:12 PM   #197
 
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Would I buy my Mini again?

Hard to say. I live in CA, so any semi-auto rifle that doesn't have any evil features and can be used in pretty much the same configuration as it was intended holds a lot of appeal to me.

However, if I lived in a free state, I think it would be highly unlikely I'd ever own a Mini. AR-15 pattern rifles today are so ubiquitous that finding spare parts, upgrades, gunsmiths with know-how are very easy. Couple that with the fact that a bare-bones AR-15 today is even cheaper than a brand new Mini-14. When Minis first came out, they were sort of the "poor man's assault rifle" as they were generally about half (or less) of the price of an AR-15.
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. When Minis first came out, they were sort of the "poor man's assault rifle" as they were generally about half (or less) of the price of an AR-15.
Yep, mine in '97 is about half of what they are today, but it's all politics now. As long as there are states that band certain rifles like California, and the Mini 14 can be sold in all 50 of them Ruger will continue to capitalize on the situation.
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I'd definitely buy a Mini 14 again! Even though I already own two, I've been looking at a third. Unfortunately, I find myself a bit short on funds these days so don't know if it'll happen or not...

There's just something about a Mini that I can't explain. Those that own em know what I mean.

I would and I did! I bought Mini-14 number 3! So I guess that effectively answers the question: "Yes I would buy a Mini-14 again!"

Who knows, there may be a #4 in my future. These things can get addicting...
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I like the rotating bolt, like my M1a. I have the Mini-14 Tactical, and the Davidsons Mini -30 Tactical. Great weapons.
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I have 3 Mini-30's now, 16 20 round magazines and a few thousand rounds of ammo.
No desire to get anything else, especially an AR.
I've owned, and had issued to me, enough of those.
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maybe I have ? make a video....and at what cost ? I would hazard a guess more than you would admit to....
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I will chime in on this discussion with my experience. In the mid -90's I bought a mini-14 brand new from my LGS. I loved everything about the gun with one exception- the accuracy. While at the range, I noticed a bad heat stringing problem...the first shot was dead on, all subsequent shots were low, lower, and lower. All kinds of questions and research led to the same answer- that's just the way the mini's shoot. To fix the problem at that time was to basically double the cost of the gun. I got rid of it. I'm a function trumps fashion kind of guy. That being said, I still love the mini's, and always will. I understand Ruger has fixed the accuracy problem but I just don't think I'd buy another one.
Pass the salt, it's time for me to eat some crow...I am the proud owner of a NIB 582 SS mini-14. I am anxious to shoot it and see how it does. I wouldn't have done it but you guys are to blame for me changing my mind....



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Jason, congrats! Crow is best served warm, grilled, and presented in a creamy garlic sauce with long-grain brown rice and a sprig of parsley.

One small word of caution: some 582 Minis had problems - mostly with the bolt. It was a function, we think, of Ruger rapidly expanding production to keep up with demand with very little QC. It's a crap-shoot as to whether or not yours has any problems. Naturally, we only hear if there are problems, so I suspect the percentage is low, but it's there.

Blue loctite on the screws that hold on the rear sight as well as the rail if you install it.

Ruger makes it well if you have a problem - either by fixing or replacing with a 583 model.

Enjoy! This site is a font of knowledge show you have questions, etc.
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I love the mini but Hellgate said typical ar is no more accurate than mini ,why not compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges ? Ruger AR15 is a lot more accurate than Ruger mini

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Whenever I ask what kind of scoped 100yd sandbagged groups are people getting from their Ruger ARs I never get a specific answer. All I want to know is how big is the group and with what ammo.
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I love the mini but Hellgate said typical ar is no more accurate than mini ,why not compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges ? Ruger AR15 is a lot more accurate than Ruger mini

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The best I've ever seen a Ruger AR556 get is 2MOA with hand loads, and I cant say what they can do with steel case ammo since the thing cant even cycle the first shot. I've seen the heart aches at the range with the cheap AR556, Ruger can keep it.
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The best I've ever seen a Ruger AR556 get is 2MOA with hand loads, and I cant say what they can do with steel case ammo since the thing cant even cycle the first shot. I've seen the heart aches at the range with the cheap AR556, Ruger can keep it.
Funny ,my AR Ruger is sub moa with several factory and several hand loads .I've been shooting Mini for almost 40 years and I have never seen one as dependable or accurate as my .556 AR Ruger .My Ruger ar has never had a failure nor has any I know of .I will admit last fall I did see several which were just thrown together so maybe the later ones were made cheaper .

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Funny ,my AR Ruger is sub moa with several factory and several hand loads .I've been shooting Mini for almost 40 years and I have never seen one as dependable or accurate as my .556 AR Ruger .My Ruger ar has never had a failure nor has any I know of .I will admit last fall I did see several which were just thrown together so maybe the later ones were made cheaper .

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Well last guy I shot with had a new Ruger AR and my 188 smoked it. It only shot slightly better than my Mini but when it came to the steel ammo it choked every shot. He also had a old Bushmaster AR, it was twice the rifle the Ruger was.
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What problems other than problem with steel ammo , which will probably go away when cleaned ? And you admitted it out shot your 188 with brass ammo and if the old Bushmaster did twice as good as the Ruger then an AR (The Bushmaster) did better than twice as good as your 188 by your own words .


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