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Old August 10th, 2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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Mini 14 vs Mini 30?

I have already owned a 180 series Mini 14 but had to sell it for a CC pistol. Now I am looking to get one of the newer 14 or 30 tactical's but can't decide. Primary use of the rifle would be self defense and range. I would also like the option of using it to hunt up to deer-sized game if need be (SHTF). My concern with the 30 is ammo availability as compared to the .223/5.56. Any thoughts?



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I have already owned a 180 series Mini 14 but had to sell it for a CC pistol. Now I am looking to get one of the newer 14 or 30 tactical's but can't decide. Primary use of the rifle would be self defense and range. I would also like the option of using it to hunt up to deer-sized game if need be (SHTF). My concern with the 30 is ammo availability as compared to the .223/5.56. Any thoughts?
In my opinion if, if you're going with 7.62x39 go for an Arsenal AK rifle.
Plenty of surplus ammo out there. Plenty of 223/556 ammo out there too.
Nether cartridge is leaving the marketplace anytime soon.
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Old August 10th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #3
 
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Own both, love both, The 30 would be a better dear rifle over the 14 because of the round it shoots. The 30 has more stopping power as well, however the 14 has a longer range and factory magazines have more capacity than the 30. Both weigh about the same and many optics options for both, being scout mount, factory rings in 1" or 30mm, or you can convert it to a 1913 rail for almost any scope on the planet.
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As stated above either round is easily found , I would think the 30 would be better for deer sized game (if SHTF). Around these parts both rounds cost about the same in Bulk.
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I would get the Thirty. Then again, I have always hated the 5.56 round.
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I love my Mini 30 unconditionally. It fires with no issues, bought it second hand.
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I have both and will not give up my Thirty, ever.
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Old August 10th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #8
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Seems that the conclusive choice would be the 30, now my next question is what is the best accuracy you guys have gotten out of yours? I have heard everything from "minute-of-pie-plate" to 1 moa with a har-bar/accu-strut and good ammo.
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Mine is an 04 I believe. It is dead on at 50 yards, I don't know if I tired it at 100 but 50 is no problem at all with iron sights. I don't have a scope on mine though.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #10
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Thanks for the reply, I am positive I can get 2 moa or less with a mo rod or har bar.
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Thanks for the reply, I am positive I can get 2 moa or less with a mo rod or har bar.
Yeah I am pretty sure you can as well. I think that I have gotten 1 to 3 moa at 100yards, with my mini 14 standard, haven't found the right handload for it yet, and my mini 30 I haven't mounted a magnified scope on it and shot at 100 yards but I know with ironsights that its way more accurate than my AK-47 probably shooting a solid 2 moa or less at 100 yards. Which even at those moa groups deer hunting and personal defense at less than 25 yards are not a problem. I am installing an accustrut on both of my standard mini's and I will list the results.
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I guess my next question is would the 7.62x39 be too much for my wife? She is 5'4" and 110 lbs. She has shot a .22 rifle and said that was easily manageable but I wonder if the 7.62x39 would be too much even with practice. Considering that I am contemplating the Mini-14 again.
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My wife is similarly sized as yours, and can handle (not enjoy) 30-06 and 12 gauge shooting. 7.62x39 is a medium powered round, comparable to a 30-30, but less recoil since the semi-auto eats some of it up in cycling whereas a lever gun doesn't.
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My mother, who is 5'5, about 115-120, and 65 years old, shot my old Mini-thirty and didn't think it was bad at all. And that was with the factory plastic cap on the butt. With a pad on (like the new ones have), I would be surprised if it was a major issue for anyone.

PS -- No one tell her I gave up her age... y'all KNOW how women are about that!
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I had amini 14 from when it was 199 retai new. Middle 70s. It fired reliably cold or hot wet or dry. The mini 30 makes the 7.62x39 a valid deer cartridge. I do not hunt with it but it would be fine to. No semi auto hunting in pa where I hunt.
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