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Old 09-02-2009, 19:40   #26
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Originally Posted by jclem View Post
How did you mount it? What is the best mount available to add a rail? My ranch came with 1 inch rings, but there aren't too many 1 inch red dot options. I would like to get a red dot about the size of an M68 if possible.

Thanks in advance for any advice
First of all, I'm saving up $$$ for the good glass and a bolt action or semi-auto varmint rig to hit the long range stuff. Not a dig on the Mini. Just reality in my opinion.

I put a 25mm (1 inch) Millet red dot on the forward mount with the factory ring and so far it works great. http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=459296

Holds zero, stays clear of flying brass and solid as a rock. I'll try to post updated pics of my mini and a range report with this set up.
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Nikon Buckmaster 3-9X silver on my stainless. If I polished the rifle out a little it would match pretty nice.

I haven't and it doesn't.

It's held up so far though, and it's a nice scope for under $200. I can see holes in the target at 100 yards as long as they're not in the black (and they rarely are with my Mini).
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These aren't the most popular from what i've seen but i put on a Mueller 3x9 Sport dot. Very clear and has held up quite well. No problems whatsoever .Lifetime warranty and don't have to mess with shipping it out if something goes wrong, my guy at the shop told me to just bring it in and he'll exchange it. For $150 i'm pleased. Thought about going with a fixed but my eyesight is horrible at longer ranges.
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I put a 25mm (1 inch) Millet red dot on the forward mount with the factory ring and so far it works great. http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=459296
I was thinking of doing something similar. I was going to put a millet red dot on a scout mount with qd rings, and use the weaver 1-3x (or possibly the leupy vxII 1-4) in qd rings, so I could swap back and forth at a moments notice without having to rezero either glass. The millet will be on the gun most of the time, but the weaver would be for range work or deer hunting trips.
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Originally Posted by louie1961 View Post
I was thinking of doing something similar. I was going to put a millet red dot on a scout mount with qd rings, and use the weaver 1-3x (or possibly the leupy vxII 1-4) in qd rings, so I could swap back and forth at a moments notice without having to rezero either glass. The millet will be on the gun most of the time, but the weaver would be for range work or deer hunting trips.
The Millet I put on is small (1" by 5")and I'm using just the forward mount post with one factory ring. Actually, it's an idea I got from someone on this forum and I like the look and functionality of it. Part of the reason I did this was because it leaves the chamber/ejection area clear and it's easier to wiggle the bolt out when I disassemble and clean the action.

I haven't used my Mini for hunting but the confidence I have so far in the Millet set-up I would have no problem using it for whitetail deer or coyotes at 100 yds or less. For smaller varmints or out past 100 yds the scope option would probably work better. I'm heading to the range this weekend and I'm going to see how the Millet does at 200 yds and maybe 300 yds just for grins. I just had another birthday so my aging eyes might not do the rifle justice. I'll report back with my results good or bad.
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Nikon prostaff 3x9 works great for me. Nikon seems to be the best glass for < 200, with the exception of used high end stuff. But honestly, the mini, for the most part, is not an moa rifle. Putting anything 300+ on it would be a waste. Save it for the bolt action.

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I like the Nikon Buckmaster 3x9....gives good groups and no problems.
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Another vote for Nikon. . Bought a Prostaff after my M30 destroyed 2 cheaper scopes. The Nikon has held up well.
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Originally Posted by Mohave-Tec View Post
Most rifle owners seem to end up with a select few scopes a majority of owners like for a particular rifle or carbine. What has become the most popular/prefered scopes for Mini-14 owners?
Well, for me personally, it is the new Vortex StrikeFire red dot. No BS warranty, $149.99 (delivered) from Optics Planet. For the Mini-14, order it with the lower "hunting mount" scope ring to get a nice co-witness with the Mini's front sight.... I originally ordered the higher AR-15 scope ring but found it too high for my liking. One phone call to customer service fixed that - I had the other scope ring in 3 days. Choice of red or green dot, variable intensity, rock solid construction. And it's easy on these tired, old eyes

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I have used this scope on my Stainless 195 version ranch rifle since purchasing it about ten years ago. Never a problem and she has sounded taps for several coyotes, wild hogs and a few whitetails too. I would highly recommend this scope to anyone
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Leupold VXII 4-16x40 AO on my mini now, also have a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40
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I am saddened to report that my Tasco 3-9x40 has died. After almost 2500 rounds, one of the lenses popped loose inside the scope. Not bad for a $40 scope.

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Gonna get something like this for my Mini. Should do the trick.


http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=599425
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Originally Posted by jclem View Post
How did you mount it? What is the best mount available to add a rail? My ranch came with 1 inch rings, but there aren't too many 1 inch red dot options. I would like to get a red dot about the size of an M68 if possible.

Thanks in advance for any advice
Yes I mounted it on a UTG rail, they also make one that goes right over the receiver, Has been mounted for over a year and works perfectly 200 to 300 yards, bam! I just recently bought a UTG double rail that fits on the side of the rifle and has a rail on top and on the side, shoots and holds well also...

When I 1st bought the Centerpoint scope and went to put it on the Ruger rings, discovered the rings were too small and was ****ed, that's when I bought the rail and haven't looked back since.

Sorry for not replying for such a long time...

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bushnell elite 3200 series 2-7x32. would have got it in the 4200 series but they don't offer a 2-7
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bought a ncstar 2x7x32 mounted on a omega rail has been through a couple cases of milt ammo its worked great. i know cheap scope. hey it works and no problems.can pick of coyotes at 150 yards no problems.
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Originally Posted by RugersR4Me View Post
I am also interested in opinions on this topic. I recall someone saying that the Weaver Classic K-Series fixed power 4x38 would make an ideal scope for a Mini-14. I am considering getting one myself, so I was hoping to see some favorable comments here on the Weaver.

Does anyone have any experience with the Weaver K's? They offer a lifetime warranty in case something goes wrong.
If they are making them like they were 50 or 60 years ago you can't go wrong for what they cost. As a matter of fact you couldn't go wrong at triple the cost. I was thrilled to see they are making them again. My father has been using them for over 60 years and STILL has some that work flawlessly.

They were one of the best hunting scopes ever designed. I'm thinking of getting one to replace the decades old K-6 I have on an old 300 H&H magnum for when the one that is on there gives up the ghost due to old age and also one for the mini.

I've got a K-6 that's probably 50 years old on a 300 H&H magnum and it works just fine. They look great on older classic hunting rifles. They are small in diameter and would fit a mini quite well.
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I got a Nikon Prostaff 2X7 on mine. Its only got a 75 yard parallax so its 6 clicks per MOA at 100 yards. But the glass clarity stood out WAY better than the other things I held them up against in the price range. And it seems to be holding up well on my Mini 14 in 6.8. I like the 2X for close in and the 7X for the longer range shots as an interim scope. But now that I have a better chamber and handle hotter ammo I'm thinking full blown Nikon Prostaff 3X9 BDC for maximizing the potential of my rifle's performance. Or some thing in decent glass like a Vortex with a 2x10 or to keep the 2X capability for close in shooting.
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Mini-14 scope

I mounted a Tasco World Class 3x10 50mm scope on a bedded B-Square mount to the Ruger with a Accu-strut and a .42 gas block orifice with a Hogue Over molded Stock. The Rifle is capable of 1MOA and I often shoot ground squirrels out to 40 meters away after ranging them with the Bushnell laser range finder 1200 ARC set for the correct drag determinant.
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Nikon po-staff 3x9x40 works for me.
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Older Nikon 4X. It's kind of like a favorite old t shirt It's been on several rifles over the years.
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Nikon Prostaff (bullet drop compersator) 3X9X40 is a good scope for the Mini.
If money is an issue, they are new for around $125.00 now.
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The most popular scope on my ranch rifle is a Burris Timberline 2-7x26. Good image, holds zero and it's very compact. Perfect match for a short rifle like the Mini-14.
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I had an older Bushnell Sportview 3x9x32 scope laying around that I put on mine with an S&K mount. After several hundred rounds absolutely no problems and I can shoot 1" groups at 50 yards all day long, opens up to about 2" at 100 yards.
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Originally Posted by trvlr22 View Post
If they are making them like they were 50 or 60 years ago you can't go wrong for what they cost. As a matter of fact you couldn't go wrong at triple the cost. I was thrilled to see they are making them again. My father has been using them for over 60 years and STILL has some that work flawlessly.

They were one of the best hunting scopes ever designed. I'm thinking of getting one to replace the decades old K-6 I have on an old 300 H&H magnum for when the one that is on there gives up the ghost due to old age and also one for the mini.

I've got a K-6 that's probably 50 years old on a 300 H&H magnum and it works just fine. They look great on older classic hunting rifles. They are small in diameter and would fit a mini quite well.
I have been using the Weaver Classic K for a while now with good results. It shoots well and seems to handle the recoil with no problems. I am very pleased with my choice so far.
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