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Old March 24th, 2010, 12:57 AM   #1
 
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Mini 14 Scope?

I have a Mini 14 Ranch on order from my LGS. I want to put a scope on it that will be used out to about 100 yds for target shooting, coyotes, etc. Cost is an issue. I would like a large field of view for quick target acquisition and good reliability. What scope would you recommend?



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I have had some pretty good luck with Mueller Optics. The one I provided a link to I have mounted on my SR-556. A lot of quality for the buck. The second link is to Sportsman's Guide, the main page of Mueller offerings. There are a lot of options in different price ranges. Good luck.


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Sounds like a Weaver K4 is exactly what you want.

Weaver Mounts - K4
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Sounds like a Weaver K4 is exactly what you want.

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I looked this scope up, is it a fixed power 4 x 28 mm?

Weaver Classic K-Series K4 Rifle Scope 4x 28mm Dual-X Reticle Matte - MidwayUSA

Mid-range priced at $350 MSRP, I bet it's a sweetheart, but maybe more suited to a melon thrower like a .45-70 or .30-30??? Good short range aquisition, BUT...

I know Mini's aren't noted for their accuracy, but I've rolled coyotes at 300+ with mine. Don't sell that .223 short, you may want to reach out and touch something someday.

In the same $$ ballpark as that Mueller:

Leupold Rifleman Rifle Scope 4-12x 40mm Wide Duplex Reticle Matte - MidwayUSA

Leupold VX-I Rifle Scope 3-9x 40mm LR Duplex Reticle Matte - MidwayUSA
(Actually had one of these on a Mini, worked great. Have them on a couple of hunting rifles, highly recommend)

If you're really on a budget, I have one of these on a Mini right now, and it performs great. The elevations marked on the caps are pretty much right on the nuts.

BSA Sweet 223 Rifle Scope 3-12x 40mm Adjustable Objective Duplex Reticle Matte - MidwayUSA

BUT...DISCLAIMER.... I did knock the reticle out of one mounted to the same Mini. BSA replaced it, no charge, but if this rifle is going to be your main "zombie-killer", I don't have a lot of faith in it. If you really are just plinking,, go for it.
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$350 MSRP?!! Shop around a little. I think that's a mistake. It's a "buck-and-a-half" scope.

Weaver K-4 mm Duplex 4 x 38 Riflescope 849415 FREE S&H 849415. Weaver Classic K-Series Riflescopes, Weaver Riflescopes.
Walmart.com: Weaver K4 4 x 38 Scope, Dual-X Matte: Optics

The OP said he's plinking out to 100 yds. Okay, so in reality, he'll probably do double that. A 4x fixed scope is perfect and the Weaver K-series is rock-solid. He doesn't need a 10X adjustable scope. He may want one, but not based on what he said in the OP.

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$350 MSRP?!! Shop around a little. I think that's a mistake. It's a "buck-and-a-half" scope.

Weaver K-4 mm Duplex 4 x 38 Riflescope 849415 FREE S&H 849415. Weaver Classic K-Series Riflescopes, Weaver Riflescopes.
Walmart.com: Weaver K4 4 x 38 Scope, Dual-X Matte: Optics

The OP said he's plinking out to 100 yds. Okay, so in reality, he'll probably do double that. A 4x fixed scope is perfect and the Weaver K-series is rock-solid. He doesn't need a 10X adjustable scope. He may want one, but not based on what he said in the OP.
The K4 I found at Midway (link provided above)for $350 isn't even available yet. Plus it was the 28mm that shoved me out of the line.

The one you posted would be a perfect fit for what the OP asked about, at a buck and a half.
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The K4 I found at Midway (link provided above)for $350 isn't even available yet. Plus it was the 28mm that shoved me out of the line.

The one you posted would be a perfect fit for what the OP asked about, at a buck and a half.
I looked around a little more and I saw that high price in a few places. I think it's for the steel tube classic or commemorative edition. The standard versions are aluminum (like most modern scopes) and seem to be very popular with Mini owners.
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I recall seeing over on another site that has tons of info on Minis where some have gotten really good results at 100+ yds with (ready?) air rifle scopes.

I'll have to see if I can find the posts again, now that I have a Mini-14.
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I just put an older (late 50's) Weaver K2.5 scope w/post & crosshair on my mini. Fast and since I need optics it works. 1.5" to 2.5" at 100 yds. Load is Win case, Win primer, 23.5 gr Benchmark, Nosler BT, 2.260 OAL.
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I just have a simple Bushnell Sportsman 3-9 on mine and it works very well on the Mini 14. $40-$60 bucks depending on where you buy it.
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Just took my Tasco 4x9x30 off my Mini and put on one of my Eotechs. I was putting it on my Arms Sport 22 pump. Needless to say must have been about 600 rounds to late my tube was cracked just in front of my front mount ring. I have read on here about Minis eating scopes the same way they eat cheap Wolf amo (BUFFET or SMORGASBORG were ever you live) All you can eat . I do not know alot about scopes can't afford to so with that said you might want to be sure to calm the recoil down on the Mini before you sink alot into optics.
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It will cost a little more ($250 retail), but the Millet DMS-1 is the best going for the price.
One to four power, makes a great reflex sight at 1X.
It has a lighted retical (you don't need the light in the day time) that is a 1 MOA dot with a donut around it.
The donut is 10" at 100 yds on the inside and 12.6" on the outside. It is fantastic for rangefinding and very quick on the target.
It has good eye relief.
It's a tough well made scope that will take the pounding the mini gives, the optics are darn good, it looks good on the weapon and will fit right on top with a set of rings if you have a Mini with the ring cuts.
If you can, spend a little more on your glass. I have a box of cheap scopes. Everytime I buy a cheap scope, I'm really dissapointed with it.
Good glass is a long term investment and well worth getting.
I now save when I want a scope for a new weapon and use the open sights until I can afford to get the scope. It's good to stay a good shot with the irons.

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