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Old June 9th, 2013, 04:28 PM   #1
 
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Mini-thirty vs Springfield M1A

I've been accumulating 7.62x39 for the past few months in anticipation of eventually finding a Mini-thirty and then this past Thursday my preferred LGS gets an M1A in... And I decide not to get it - didn't really want to spend that much (1695 OTD) on a new to me - and relatively expensive - caliber (.308), planned on an M1A down the road, but not yet - and then I held it, and worked the action, and lo and behold it followed me home

So now the question: do I still need a Mini-thirty? Does it give me capability that I don't currently have (In semiauto centerfire I now own the M1A and a Mini-14). Besides the relatively low cost of 7.62 (and I'm expecting prices to continue to drop off), are there other advantages to having the Mini-thirty in addition to the M1A and Mini-14?

Thoughts?

On a side note, I seem to have a problem with stray guns following me home; two weeks ago an SR1911CMD followed me home I shot both Friday afternoon and tried posting a range report, but apparently it's easier for me to buy a gun than to post pictures in this forum




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Old June 9th, 2013, 06:51 PM   #2
 
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Congratulations on your new rifle gun. I sure wouldn't mind havin a M1A.
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Congrats. I've always wanted a 1903 Springfield, myself. Something about .30-06 that just sounds better than anything with "mm" in it...
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Congrats, that's a nice rifle. I see no need for a Mini thirty now.
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Once you shoot the M1A, it will be like "Night and Day" comparing the two! Accuracy of the M1A, and power of the .308. I own a Mini 14, not a .30, also an M1A. I really like my Mini, LOVE THE SPRINGFIELD!!!
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As much as I love Ruger, comparing an M1A to a Mini 30 is, to me, a lot like comparing a Lamborghini Countach to a Ford Mustang.
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P.S.: In other words....if you have an M1A, you need a Mini 30 like an Eskimo needs an air conditioner!
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I have an M1A but don't know too much about a Mini-anything. I have looked at them a few times.

The mini's have always struck me as the perfect truck gun, born and bred. There is certainly honest pride in that too.

Now the M1A will live in your truck just fine too but always feels more like a American gentleman in work clothes. No job too big or too small. No excuses.

They're just different.
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Old June 9th, 2013, 07:21 PM   #9
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Honestly, and this may be my own ignorance, I've never understood why anyone compares a Mini to either an M14/M1A or an M1 (Garand). In my view, the Mini isn't a 'copy' of either of those, it's a copy of an M1 Carbine.

With that in mind-- If you'd bought an M1 Carbine, then I'd say that a Mini-30 would be a duplicative waste of your money. At this point, buying a Mini-30 would be similar to buying an M1 Carbine if you already had an M1 or M14/M1A. Is that a waste? That's up to you to decide. They're really not the same thing, not meant to be the same thing, and are only similar in terms of the general operating mechanism.
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My Mini



My M1A

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Old June 9th, 2013, 07:22 PM   #11
 
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Good input, thanks. I'll hold off on buying more 7.62 ammo for now. I have some mini-thirty mags on back order from ShopRuger, maybe I should cancel...

(I should be able to get some pics up tomorrow.)
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I'm not sure if the two guns are really comparable, but they each have their place.

Think of these rifles like cars all made by the same manufacturer (since the actions are similar):

- the Mini 14 is your good all around reasonably good mileage car.
- the Mini 30 is the same car as the Mini 14, except that it runs on diesel.
- the M1A is the V8 beast that costs more to keep going but stands out.

You can justify having all of them, but I don't think buying the M1A really impacts how well the Mini 30 would fit with a Mini 14. I personally hope to have a rifle that fires the 7.62x39 round to go with my Mini 14 at some point, but it may or may not end up being a Mini 30 since the two are so functionally similar.

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Nice pics!

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When a shot counts, the M1A gets the job done. I'd put the mini 30 in a simular catagory with a AK. If you want to blast a pile of ammo, make noise and accuracy nearing a football at 100 yards is OK - enjoy a mini 30.

I was shooting my M1a offhand (yeah, it's a moose for doing THAT) and had a nice group of around 6" for 20 rounds. Now, I'm a old, out of shape guy who was shooting from a wheelchair and showing off for some young guys and afterwards I was hurting for a couple days. Put that same rifle on a bag and I can shoot the bullseye out at 100.
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The M1A and the Mini 30 are not in the same league. I do have both the Mini 30 and a Mini 14, but I like my Mini 30 much better. It seems to hold far better groups off the bench rest than the Mini 14. I bought the 14 new and the 30 used. Probably the 30 is 'broken in' with a lot more rounds run through it than the 14. Maybe I'll have to run a few hundred rounds through the 14 to break it in before it starts shooting tighter...
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