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Old February 3rd, 2012, 08:24 AM   #1
 
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How accurate are Mini 14 Targets vs Ranch models?

I've seen videos of its accuracy, but I'm curious on how accurate they are compared to other Minis. Also out to what distance?

I have a Mini 14 Target and I got it at a good price. I have the opportunity of trading it for a brand new stainless Ranch with an Accu-Strut and still making a little money. This rifle is mostly a range rifle so the weight doesn't bother me too much, but if the accuracy/precision is very similar to a Ranch with an Accu-Strut, I might as well go for the lighter one.




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Old February 3rd, 2012, 08:31 AM   #2
 
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I can't compare them to any other 223 but mine is a nail driver:

This is me at 80 yards and not really trying that hard either:



Here is the target from the video:

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Old February 7th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #3
 
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Nice shooting. I've always known this gun is very good around the 100 yard level.. but curious on out to 300 etc. I know ammo plays a bigger role at that point.

Any input from owners of both?
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I got 1.5@100 on a rest at Bass Pro range in Springfield Mo with my new Tactical. Running Winchester 40gr Varmit HP.
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Old February 11th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #5
 
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Mini14 ranch is my first rifle and I have no idea what I am doing. I can only shoot up to 100yds. Here are two efforts. I pull these out when I think about getting an expensive more accurate rifle.

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Old February 13th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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At 100 yards. Highly acceptable. Looks great to me. Doing double hole hits. I am sorry, what is the problem with that. I like it. Nice tight groups. Great job. Keep up the great work. More paper. More paper.
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I own both a 1988 mini 14 standard and a 2008 Target and the Target is a nail driver. My mini Target is a sub moa gun at 100 yards shooting almost hole for hole from the bench with 40grain vmax handloads and 3800 FPS. The trick to the gun was getting the damper/ barrel weight dailed in, loctited in place and loctite for the rings and bases. It is the most accurate mini I have ever shot out of the (3) I own. Its heavy, and a benchrest gun in my opinion, but extremely accurate more so than most will give it credit for. I run the Nikon BDC scope and have made hits on metal plates out to 500 yards with my setup on a good day. I am not sure of the groupings at that range but the plates are 6"x6", which is accurate enough for me. Mostly at that range and beyond I shoot .308 anyways.

The pic shows my mini at 100 yards with factory ammo. The right group was shot with one turn out of the barrel weight. Yes it can move your point of impact that far. I didn't have a pic of the handloads as of yet. The square in the target is 1" square 12" target total size.



This was shot with my standard 1998 mini 30 with handloads which is also close to 1 moa. The seven in the square where the last fired at 100 yards. the diamond is 1.5"
Not as tight as the Target but better than most will give credit for.



My mini 14 Target...


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Old February 14th, 2012, 09:33 AM   #8
 
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Oh yeah,

If your thinking about getting a target, better pony up and get one since I heard ruger discontinued them. Its a great rifle and I consider it equal to or greater accuracy than the high end Target AR's I own.
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Beautiful rifle. What brand of upper cover is that over the operating rod?
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They're sub-MOA with factory Federal or Fiocchi ammo if you tune the harmonic compensator properly. With the Russian ammo, they can be MOA--again, if tuned right. Haven't shot one past 100 yards yet due to not having access to such a range, but I figure they'd be just as good as a good AR at that distance.

That harmonic compensator does work.
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THANKS! Its a Choate handguard cover. I wanted something a little different, kinda has the old garand style cover feel. The reason I switched to it was I was field stripping it to clean it a while back and removing the factory cover under a 4x12x40 scope's objective lense isn't easy. I ended up cracking a small piece off the stock handguard cover and couldn't stand for that so I switched to the choate. Think I bought it from Midway USA for like $15. It also helps me tell the difference between mine and a friends. It has alot more vents on top allowing barrel heat to vent out. Hasn't affected mirage through the scope after repeated shooting sessions that I have noticed.


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Old February 14th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #12
 
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Thanks, Tacky!
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Anytime buddy!


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Thanks for all the input. I own one with a Hogue stock and it runs about 8.5 lbs. which is around the same weight as a lot of bolt rifles and M1A standard (same barrel length as the M1A as well). I haven't gone out in the fields with it yet, but it handles fine off hand and seems like I can do more than just bench shooting with it. No plans on hunting with it or anything though.

Thanks to Tacky's pictures and analysis.. I think I'll keep my Mini 14 Target for now and pass on trading it for a stainless Ranch.
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Yeah mine being the laminated wood version is a little heavier than the hogue version a friend has but seems the laminated version is balanced better as opposed to the muzzle heavy hogue version, which doesn't matter if shooting off a bench, or makes no difference other than personal preference, just the only difference I have found between the 2. I am glad I could help. I am serious about the fact that the mini 14T is equal to or greater in accuracy than my custom built RRA, Dpms AR's which cost alot more. Yes it may take a while to dial it up to its sweet spot and a little time perfecting a sub moa round but the benefits are more than well worth the effort. If I had a little more room in my toybox I would buy another target mini and install a night vision scope to use against hogs and coyotes. Soon in NC it will be legal to hunt those at night and then my mini might pull double duty. I haven't used an accustrut on any of my mini's, thought about adding one to my 1988 standard mini 14 but haven't. I also added a recoil buffer to all of them, which makes them feel smooth. Matter of fact the only mod I would consider to mine would be a lower trigger pull and a accuracy systems gas block bushing kit, to lower the amount of gas blowback and keep the brass from ejecting 30 feet away at the range. I really don't think you will ever regret keeping that target. I know I won't.




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Thanks for all the input. I own one with a Hogue stock and it runs about 8.5 lbs. which is around the same weight as a lot of bolt rifles and M1A standard (same barrel length as the M1A as well). I haven't gone out in the fields with it yet, but it handles fine off hand and seems like I can do more than just bench shooting with it. No plans on hunting with it or anything though.

Thanks to Tacky's pictures and analysis.. I think I'll keep my Mini 14 Target for now and pass on trading it for a stainless Ranch.

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