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Old 11-25-2007, 11:59   #26
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Hello everybody. I recently purchased a new "580" Mini 14. Prior to my purchase I did quite a bit of research and came across this site which has been very helpful. I have found a lot of useful info regarding accuracy, etc. While my Mini is not the most accurate weapon I own, it is probably the most fun.
That said, I have a question. Is the pic I'm gonna try to post the norm for accuracy?
Thanks for any help. Regards
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I'm GLAD I found this forum! I handle all manner of weapons on a daily basis, and have been going back and forth between getting an AR or a Mini. I owned a Mini in college (bought with some of my Bill Clinton student loan money!) and loved it. However; after not shooting it for several years, and needing some money I sold it...worst decision I ever made. I just recently purchased a SS 580 series Mini, after reading a comparison between the Mini and the AR in an 2002 copy of S.W.A.T. magazine. I'm home...thanks for the forum. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute something and glean much from the rest of you.

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Old 12-05-2007, 09:51   #28
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New here, just got a Mini-14 this past weekend

Hello,
I am new here, just bought my first Mini-14 at a gun show this past weekend.

I thought it was new but now I am not so sure. The stud for the sling swivel came out of the stock. I have ordered a new Houge stock for it. The direction book for it says it is for 180,181, and 182 series rifles. Mine is a 197 series stainless model.

I wanted a cheaper option than an AR-15. Thought this might be it but now I am realizing I may need to accurize the rifle and I will need to replace the rear sight, the little flip-up peep is not all that good. Now I am wondering if I will end up dumping more money into this rifle than I would have spent on an AR-15. I like the fact that these are loosely based on M-14 rifles. The action is far superior to an AR-15. I know it will always go "BANG" but if it don't hit the target then what good is that?

Please give me suggestions on what I need to do to make this rifle "Combat Accurate". Under 2" MOA at 100 yards.

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Old 12-06-2007, 06:38   #29
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Sarge, I just want to welcome you and hope you enjoy this forum. I enjoy reading all of the posts and learn something as well. I will let others advise you as the best way to accurize your carbine. First though, I would suggest that you try different ammo and find which weight and brand your Mini likes the best. Mine has a 1-7" rifling and seems to be more accurate with 55gr. and 40gr. ammo.The 55gr.HP ammo destroys anything I hit. and shoots within 3inches at a 100yds. Of course, after firing several rounds the groups get larger due to a hot and dirty barrel.
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Old 12-06-2007, 20:03   #30
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Hey all. I am new to the world of the mini 14, and have been lurking around here for about a week after i saw an add in the local paper for a mini. took one look at, and had to have it. guy took very good care of it, and barely shot it. 188 series, not a scratch on it, and already has a scope. i havnt had a chance to shoot yet because of deer hunting, and the snowing every other day, but cant wait. i already have ideas about what i want to do the gun. even though i havnt shot it, i knew that they are innaccurate. this place has a wealth of information on accurazing, and every other aspect of the rifle. i have to say that i am very impressed with the amount of information on here. i look forward to being a member, and learning as much as i can about this fine firearm.
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Old 12-10-2007, 13:29   #31
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Well, after lurking for a month, I decided to join. There seems to be a lot of good info here that I could certainly use with my mini. I look foward to chatting with you guys.
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:04   #32
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Welcome to this forum aptrp16. There is a lot of good info here that can not be found anywhere else.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:46   #33
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Thank you

I am glad to be here. I have been wading through the mess of AR owners looking to find good information on the 6.8 spc that I will be getting after the holidays.


Look forward to your help.
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Old 12-24-2007, 15:17   #34
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just came across these forums and figured i'd join , cause i am planning on picking up the new mini 14 target with a few weeks.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:50   #35
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FNG here cruised the sight regularly, lots of valuable info here. Used to own 2 ranch rifles but I am mini less now, looking for a good deal on a new style GB.

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re: thanks for the poop.

guys i,m also a new guy to the form, and own 2 ruger min-14 both 223rem. i just brought the new target and can,t wait to put a scope on it and start hunting coyotes.as its my son,s new coyote shotter.

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Hello all. New member with a 581 series stainless Mini-30 that I got back in July. Found this site when I was researching Accu-strut. I just got the stainless one for mine and installed it this morning Can't wait to try it out. Anyway, just here looking for tips and tricks and gain from everyone's collective experience with the minis.
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Thumbs up Hello from PA

I am new to the site, but it looks like a good bunch. I have had a Mini-14 for a lot of years. I got mine when Jersey banned them. My father lived in jersey and one of the guys he worked with was going to give it to the state police to be destroyed. Since I live in PA it was legal for me to have it. I went to my local FFL dealer, and bought the weapon from the gentleman for $45. It was made in '78, and I am thinking about doing some work on it to make it a little more accurate. As it is now it shoots about 2 1/2" - 3", when I am having a good day. Thats if I haven't had a lot of coffee. Have a good one.
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Old 02-03-2008, 23:16   #40
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I think I found this forum when a thread in a police forum that I use had a link to another gun forum. They in turn had a link to PerfectUnion, and here we are.
I just found out my Ranch Rifle was built in 1985. I bought it in the early Nineties, but haven't used it much. Good thing another link I found here was the one to Winchester's warning about using 5.56mm ammo in a rifle marked for .223 Rem. Guess who bought a big box of 5.56 years ago, to keep for possible SHTF use? Oh, well; live and learn, right?
I'm looking into rails and other accessories to maybe some day use the Mini-14 as a patrol rifle. I've already learned some good things about flash hiders and the like from suggestions I found here.
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Old 02-04-2008, 18:08   #41
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Originally Posted by Meanie-14 View Post
Good thing another link I found here was the one to Winchester's warning about using 5.56mm ammo in a rifle marked for .223 Rem. Guess who bought a big box of 5.56 years ago, to keep for possible SHTF use? Oh, well; live and learn, right?
Mini 14's have the 5.56 chamber so they are safe to shoot with your 5.56 ammo. 5.56 ammo in new Mini 14?

Call Ruger to order a manual for your rifle. They give them away for free.
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Originally Posted by JasonAC556 View Post
Mini 14's have the 5.56 chamber so they are safe to shoot with your 5.56 ammo.
Yeah, after I posted, I ran across that footnote somewhere. It was a relief to see that, since the receiver is marked ".223 REM" instead of ".223/5.56" like I've seen elsewhere. (On M-16s, maybe?)

I'll check out the link you provided, though, because there's probably additional good info there. (I consider a day wasted unless I learn something new. If I learn something without getting in trouble for something, that's a really good day. )

Call Ruger to order a manual for your rifle. They give them away for free.
Yup, downloaded the PDF of the owner manual, plus the parts manual, from links on the Ruger page with the dates for the various serial number ranges. Another reason I'm pleased to have found all the good info provided here.

Thanks!
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Hello,

I Found this forum while doing some research on the Mini 14's. Looks like a great place to learn how to get the most from the Mini.

Don't know if this is the proper place to ask this but...

My local gun shop has a Stainless/Synthetic, series 196 Ranch Rifle that he is asking $775 for out the door. I would rate the gun as in excellent condition with hardly any signs of wear. Is $775 a good price for this gun?
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WOW! Sounds high to me. I bought my 580 series @ Wally World for $580 + tax four mounths ago.
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WOW! Sounds high to me. I bought my 580 series @ Wally World for $580 + tax four mounths ago.
Thanks Warlord. I will have to look into that. Was the 580 you bought at Wally World Stainless and did it have a wood or synthetic stock?
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Blued with wood. You can see a picture of it in the gallery.
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I'm a newbie here, I finally paid off my stainless/wood mini (580) and thought I would join here. Nice site, great threads.
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New member here, and new Mini 14 NRA Edition owner looking for info. I was wondering where the Mini love was after browsing some of the other firearms forum around the net. And one of the questions I had was about 5.56 ammo in my new gun, that has already been answered in this thread... looks like I found the right place!

I'm a newbie to Mini 14s and auto loading rifles in general ('cept .22s) so I'll no doubt have lots of dumb questions for you guys. Hope you are patient!
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Hey runninmike & azfats. Real nice to have you fellers aboard and I hope you enjoy your stay!!
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Been lurking for a couple of months now...since I just ordered my new 2008 Mini-30 yesterday, thought I might as well jump in and become a member. Can't wait till the rifle comes in Thursday/Friday! Got it for $665 delivered through a local dealer who I was able to talk down from $699, so I think I got a pretty good shake on the deal!
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