Ruger Forum

mini 14 a mistake?

This is a discussion on mini 14 a mistake? within the Ruger Semi-Auto forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; I just bought a brand new mini 14 and one of the guys I went to iraq was giving me crap about it and said" ...


Go Back   Ruger Forum > Rifle & Shotgun Forum > Ruger Semi-Auto

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes

Old February 20th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #1
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 12
lorrenzostylez is on a distinguished road
mini 14 a mistake?

I just bought a brand new mini 14 and one of the guys I went to iraq was giving me crap about it and said" its the best shotgun ruger makes" and I should of bought an AR instead. The reason I got it was cuz of the relieablity of it and when I was in iraq we had M4s and I hated the cleaning with it and how they messed up it it wasn't squeeky clean. I know this a ruger forum and everyone will probably be biased but did I make a mistake?



lorrenzostylez is offline  
Advertisements
Old February 20th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #2
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Burbank Washington ( Southeastern Corner of the state)
Posts: 2,356
Relay225 is on a distinguished road
Well Sir, I have 2 of them & Love them dearly...Not hard to clean & I never have had a jam or stove pipe problem....All around great shooter, least in my mind it is!


Peace !

Relay225

"GOD save the Republic!"

"You never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist's office"
"Indian Larry"

“BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!”
- Former President Ronald Reagan
Relay225 is offline  
Old February 20th, 2011, 09:31 PM   #3
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern Nevada
Posts: 15
Ender is on a distinguished road
To be fair, I've never shot an AR, and many of those variants are impressive. But the mini-14 is one I grew up learning how to shoot - and was always one of my favorites... still is. I'll be glad to keep that one in the family.
Ender is offline  
Old February 20th, 2011, 10:33 PM   #4
 
capnhector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 173
capnhector is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by lorrenzostylez View Post
I just bought a brand new mini 14 and one of the guys I went to iraq was giving me crap about it and said" its the best shotgun ruger makes" and I should of bought an AR instead. The reason I got it was cuz of the relieablity of it and when I was in iraq we had M4s and I hated the cleaning with it and how they messed up it it wasn't squeeky clean. I know this a ruger forum and everyone will probably be biased but did I make a mistake?
you did not make a mistake, there are ar fanboys just like the glock fanboys where if its not an ar its not a proper 223/5.56 weapon. and to the m4 messing up unless they were not squeeky clean, i was in iraq with the m4 and had very few problems using teflon dry lube instead of the standard issue clp
capnhector is offline  
Old February 20th, 2011, 10:47 PM   #5
 
Amigo Will's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Wrangell Ak
Posts: 1,485
Amigo Will is on a distinguished road
The mini14 beats any AR I have ever used and my first AR was in 1966
Amigo Will is offline  
Old February 20th, 2011, 11:50 PM   #6
 
Stirfry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 1,206
Stirfry is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhector View Post
you did not make a mistake, there are ar fanboys just like the glock fanboys where if its not an ar its not a proper 223/5.56 weapon. and to the m4 messing up unless they were not squeeky clean, i was in iraq with the m4 and had very few problems using teflon dry lube instead of the standard issue clp
actually, it is more in line with those who think the 1911 is the only .45

and like the 1911 (as compared to just about any other common handgun, for the most part), you are never going to find a good AR at anywhere close to a reasonable price (as compared to the Mini14).

Last edited by Stirfry; February 20th, 2011 at 11:54 PM.
Stirfry is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 12:19 AM   #7
The Greek
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Springfield, Ohio
Posts: 776
spartan1039x is on a distinguished road
You made the right choice because you know from experience how picky the M4/16 is. If you feed it even remotely decent ammo the mini won't fail you. I have put hundreds of range downrange in mine and it is used and was made in '84 and it great out to 100 yds and when weather gets better i am gonna push its limits.
spartan1039x is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 03:10 AM   #8
 
BuddyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7,566
BuddyG is on a distinguished road
I've owned a Mini for years. Feels a little like the M1 and Carbine I carried in the Army. I have never fired an AR. They were not invented yet.

I'll stay away from the "transformer type" plastic for now. I trust my Mini.
BuddyG is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 04:11 AM   #9
 
geigersd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Anti-Gun Northern Virginia
Posts: 60
geigersd is on a distinguished road
I currently own a Mini-14 and have shot/qualified with an M-16 (AR), albeit years ago

-The AR platform has more moving parts and is more difficult to clean.
-The Mini's bolt does not break down further so the firing pin can be taken out and cleaned or replaced.
-More aftermarket parts and service seem to be available for the AR.
-Lots of times the Mini needs to be returned to Ruger for repairs.
-Firing the AR, I always hated the gas in my eye and the action of the recoil spring within the tube just centimeters below my cheek.
-The Mini is slightly less accurate than the AR, but when firing for "military precision" this is a moot point!

My opinion is that the Mini is not a mistake to own. I like the idea that my rifle can be a sporty carbine, or a tacticool AW with the changing of the stock alone.

The question you have to answer for yourself is "What exactly am I looking for in a rifle?" And tell your friend that he gets to tell you what to buy when you are spending HIS money, not yours!

Last edited by geigersd; February 21st, 2011 at 04:14 AM.
geigersd is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 04:28 AM   #10
 
78CJ5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,982
78CJ5 is on a distinguished road
First of all thanks for your service! Second you answered your own question by stating that you did not like cleaning your AR. I do not own a mini but have shot several.Bottom line if you like it get and shoot the crap out of it. Enjoy your new mini 14 and forget what the naysayers think!! Most times negative comments come out of jealousy. Maybe your friend really wants a new Mini 14 also.
(for the record I do not like cleaning my AR's that I have now or the one I was issued in the Army. but if you shoot it no matter what it is you got to clean it)
78CJ5 is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 05:15 AM   #11
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Snohomish, Washington
Posts: 35
OneMini is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by lorrenzostylez View Post
I just bought a brand new mini 14 and one of the guys I went to iraq was giving me crap about it and said" its the best shotgun ruger makes" and I should of bought an AR instead. The reason I got it was cuz of the relieablity of it and when I was in iraq we had M4s and I hated the cleaning with it and how they messed up it it wasn't squeeky clean. I know this a ruger forum and everyone will probably be biased but did I make a mistake?
No mistake. He was probably passing on the older Mini's reputation for being inaccurate. If yours is brand new with the thicker tapered barrel you should be able to get 2-3 MOA at 100 yards out of the box. If not there are some easy tweaks you can do. Whether or not this is acceptable is up to you. But shoot it, live with it, then decide.
OneMini is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 05:52 AM   #12
 
SmokingGun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 399
SmokingGun is on a distinguished road
I love the Mini - form, function, reliability - awesome. The AR just doesn't do it for me.
SmokingGun is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 07:33 AM   #13
 
texas jack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: amarillo, texas
Posts: 309
texas jack is on a distinguished road
I have had several AR'S and Mini"s over the years and have had far less problems with the Mini's. I always liked the old M1 carbine and the Mini is like an updated verson of it.
I now have a Mini 30 and it's the best rifle I have ever owned...
texas jack is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 07:38 AM   #14
 
BlkHawk73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 5,529
BlkHawk73 is on a distinguished road
If it's what YOU like, don't worry about what someone else likes. Let them have their AR's and you just be happy with your Mini-14. Nothing wrong with them at all. Everyone whines and complains about their accuracy yet I've yet to see where the standard Mini was designed and/or marketed to be a target gun. As said above, the AR's fans will talk down anything that isn't an AR just like the Glock fans will talk down anything not a Glock.
BlkHawk73 is offline  
Old February 21st, 2011, 07:53 AM   #15
 
Dana the Dane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 242
Dana the Dane is on a distinguished road
I own and shoot both. Both have their merits and their flaws. If you are happy with it, that is all that matters.
Dana the Dane is offline  
Reply

  Ruger Forum > Rifle & Shotgun Forum > Ruger Semi-Auto



Search tags for this page
mini 14
,
mini 14 aftermarket parts
,

mini 14 forum

,
mini 14 forums
,
mini-14
,
mini-14 forum
,
mini-14 forums
,
mini14 forum
,
mini14forum
,

ruger mini 14 forum

,
ruger mini 14 forums
,
ruger mini-14 forum
Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Ruger Forum Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
22/45 Mistake JRS Maintenance 2 March 18th, 2012 06:38 PM
Help...made a mistake! Rooney Maintenance 8 March 14th, 2012 07:43 PM
going 6.8: a mistake ?? Spike12 Ruger Semi-Auto 9 February 11th, 2012 04:16 PM
I made a MISTAKE keninmi Ruger Pistols 54 January 4th, 2012 06:31 AM

Top Gun Sites Top Sites List  
Powered by vBulletin 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
Copyright © 2006 - 2014 Ruger Forum. All rights reserved.
Ruger Forum is a Ruger Firearms enthusiast's forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent Sturm Ruger & Company Inc. of Southport, CT.