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Old February 16th, 2020, 05:15 PM   #16
 
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Can you have Pre ban magazines in CT?
I live in MA and pre 1994 mags are OK
If so, then try some aftermarket pre bans. There are many to choose from and reliability is hit or miss. I like the federal ordnance/PMI mags.



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mamiela, many that are new to the Mini try to make it into a DMR, or "sniper rifle" and turn a fast handling, joy to carry Mini into something that's much more clumsy, unwieldy, heavy and not at all suited for having to shoot at something close in or engaging multiple targets.
As an example, check out the Mini in this guys thread. Is it more accurate than a standard configured Mini ? Probably, a bit, but at what cost ?
(His pics don't show up in the first reply, but there are several pics of it and his M1A further down in reply #14 )
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Look at his rifle pics, and then look at CoSteve's Mini-14 and M1A on the second page.
I know which ones I'd rather have, and it isn't the pimped out ones with the sharp edged stocks and huge optics.
You can do all this to a Mini, big scope, uncomfortable stock and bipod, for just a tiny bit of accuracy gain, and make it useless for just about any other use but sniping prairie dogs or punch holes in a paper target.

I used a forward mounted Nikon 2-8.5x pistol scope (forward mounting on the Ultimak rail keeps the scope nice and low and out of the way of the action) and a bipod to try to connect on prairie dogs with my Mini-14. It helped, but even with my 1 1/2 MOA Mini, 200 yards was about as far as I could consistently hit them. (They aren't big animals)
In contrast, the Remington R-15 in .243 and 4-14x Minox scope shown next to it, a 3/4 MOA rifle, could consistently hit them to 400 yards. A rig much better suited for the "precision" role.

We see countless threads here and on the "other" Mini forum, perfectunion, where guys try to turn a lightweight fast handling Mini into something it is not, a precision long range rig, then they complain that the rifle is still not capable of touching all the bullets together at 100 yards plus.
Hey, it's your money, but we're just trying to save you money, time and frustration, as we've all been there.

Do the usual accuracy mods, i.e., buffers, reduced gas bushing, trigger job, shim the stock if necessary, and then find the load, or loads that shoot the best in your Mini.
If your eyes are still young, stick with the iron sights, or at most, mount a 1 ounce micro dot like the FastFire on it.
A lot of guys, probably mostly younger guys, grew up shooting nothing but scopes, and have always shot off a bench rest and sandbags.
When it comes down to protecting yourself and loved ones, you aren't going to have a bench handy, or have time to lay down and use a bipod.
And if you have to take out several bad guys at close range that big scope is not going to be a help but is going to be a very big handicap.

So get out and get good with your iron sights, and shooting from unsupported positions.
Off hand, kneeling and prone. You'd be surprised how well you can do from prone with a sling wrapped around your arm, as well as you could with a bipod.
Just like many of us were trained to do in the Army ( and Marines).
I can honestly say that from a career as an Infantryman in the Army, and hunting big game in the northern Rockies for decades, the times I've felt the need for a bipod have been...zero.
The only time I used a bipod have been shooting small varmints at distance, and only then because I had all the time in the world to get a shot off, and the grass was too tall to shoot prone with a sling.

Get your Mini shooting the best, with loads that it really likes, and you'll be able to hit a 4 inch gong at 200 yards consistently. Hitting a 12 inch gong at 200 is something that you should be able to do easily without a scope or bipod to help you.
Don't be like many and use magnification and a bipod as a crutch, work on your skills instead.

This is what can be done from prone with a red dot ( no magnification).
Sure, a scope would allow me to get out further than 300 yards, but at the expense of a much heavier, bulkier, poor handling carbine that wouldn't be near as effective for sub 300 yard shooting.
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Don't do this to your precious Mini. Makes it more like an M240 semi-auto, heavy, unwieldy.

Unless all you're going to do is lay down and plink and not move around...
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Can you have Pre ban magazines in CT?
I live in MA and pre 1994 mags are OK
If so, then try some aftermarket pre bans. There are many to choose from and reliability is hit or miss. I like the federal ordnance/PMI mags.


10 round anything else is felony rap with prison time.


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The mini is not my first line of defense rifle. I have a different firearm for that. This rifle for now is coyote hunting and if I move to Florida and the scary black guns are banned I can still have this to turn into a defensive rifle. So for now I will leave the scope on it and try to knock down some yotes.


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The mini is not my first line of defense rifle. I have a different firearm for that. This rifle for now is coyote hunting and if I move to Florida and the scary black guns are banned I can still have this to turn into a defensive rifle. So for now I will leave the scope on it and try to knock down some yotes.


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Understandable. But you might want to get a cheek pad on that stock, that is one very high mounted scope ! It looks like you have a good inch of riser on the mount that isn't needed.
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Understandable. But you might want to get a cheek pad on that stock, that is one very high mounted scope ! It looks like you have a good inch of riser on the mount that isn't needed.


The scope is mounted on a rail mount attached the the scope. So no way to lower it that I known of.


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Picking this up tomorrow. 2014 582 prefix serial. Comes with a Sun Optic 3-9x32ir scope(might put a red dot on it) green hogue stock as well as the original black stock. Also, two five round and three ten round mags. I live behind enemy lines in Connecticut so standard capacity mags and scary features in a rifle are a felony.
It is sad that our fellow gun owners in free america do not understand our problems. In 1972 I went to the then Soviet Union and saw an oppressed people. Yet just liek a fish may not understand water many did not understand oppression.
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It is sad that our fellow gun owners in free america do not understand our problems. In 1972 I went to the then Soviet Union and saw an oppressed people. Yet just liek a fish may not understand water many did not understand oppression.
Not true. I experienced it and did something about it. I was restricted and now I am free. Besides, people can empathize. Do something about your problems.
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Not true. I experienced it and did something about it. I was restricted and now I am free. Besides, people can empathize. Do something about your problems.


It isnít so easy to pick up and leave. I want to but that means leaving family, job and friends. Our plan is to migrate south after our youngest graduates college. The in state tuition is more savings than escaping taxes and high cost of living so we wait.

This issue is with California, NY, MJ and CT is we have politicians making laws about guns who have never shot one, donít understand the difference between a AR-15 and any other semi auto in the same caliber. They think a pistol grip or collapsable stock and flash hider make the firearm more lethal. Mean while you have politicians again who know nothing who take mass amounts of money from anti gun people who have billions and run around preaching gun control. My senator from CT is one of them.


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Picking this up tomorrow. 2014 582 prefix serial. Comes with a Sun Optic 3-9x32ir scope(might put a red dot on it) green hogue stock as well as the original black stock. Also, two five round and three ten round mags. I live behind enemy lines in Connecticut so standard capacity mags and scary features in a rifle are a felony.
congrats on the purchase ...
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Also, you all in free America better vote because the attitude of I live in Texas and it wonít happen to our state can happen. Look at Virginia for example. They almost lost everything and they are still fighting.


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You're missing the point. Complaining and feeling bad for oneself doesn't do any good. Instead, do good. All the things you said are not easy- I did.

I understand how ban states work. I chose action. The complacent generally do not like the motivated.

Regardless, enjoy your Mini. I will enjoy mine with a flash hider
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Mamiela, welcome to the forum from Central VA!

Some 582-series had problems with the bolts. Hopefully, yours isn't one of them. If it is, Ruger will make it well, at no cost to you other than time. If yours isn't one, CONGRATS!!!!
My late 581 series also had the bolt problems. Sent it back to Ruger 3 times and it came back twice with brand new bolt asemblies.
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