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Old 08-29-2009, 21:21   #1
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Most popular scope for the Mini 14?

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?
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:15   #2
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If I had the money, it would be a leupold VX-II in 1-4x ($300 or so). I'll probably end up with the Weaver Classic V-Series Scope 1-3x ($150). seems to be most of the performance for half the price.

If I won the lotto however, I would probably buy the Schmidt & Bender Police Marksman 2 Short Dot Rifle Scope 1.1-4x. Seems like just about the perfect scope for the mini. However, I could never bring myself to spend $2700 on a scope otherwise.

I hear a lot of interest in the millett DMS. But at 18 oz and 12 inches, it is a lot of scope. The leupolds and the weaver in a similar config (1-3x or 1-4x) are 9 oz and 9 inches (or a touch less)

If you can't guess, I am leaning toward a scope you can shoot on 1x with both eyes open, for the close in stuff, and still be able to have reasonable magnification to reach out to 100-200 yards. Where I live in CT, you would almost NEVER have a shot beyond 200 yards. You're always either in the woods or in a suburban/urban environment with limited line of sight
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:48   #3
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Yes, but I was kinda hoping to hear about established proven scopes people lean towards for the Mini.
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I got a Tasco 3-9 x 40 scope from Wally World last year. I've shot about 1000 rounds of 5.56 through my original Min, 200 rounds of 5.56 through my newer Mini, and it's still working great. I'm putting it on my new 6.8 SPC AR for testing. I'll let you know how it goes when I take it to the range tomorrow.

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I have a Bushnell Banner 4x on my Mini 14, and its killed more hogs than psuedorabies, out to 300yds. Dont get many shots past that distance around my area. I recently put an older Redfield 1.75x7 on my Mini 30, and so far its doing really well.

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Leupold VX-III in 2-7 on my 6.8. I'd like to get a good 4-14X (for distance testing only), since my last five shot 50yd group was .75 with two touching.
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I have Burris FF II 2-7x . It does help my tired eyes to see the target clearly from 85yd and beyond also reasonable quick acquisition vs scopes of higher power.

I did plan to buy the Millet DMS, but came across this Burris at a price I could not resist.
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It wasn't obvious at first but now it is becoming so. There is no one or two scopes that have become popular favorites with Mini 14 owners.
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>>There is no one or two scopes that have become popular favorites with Mini 14 owners.<<

Yup, it's pretty much whatever "floats your boat".
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Originally Posted by RUT View Post
>>There is no one or two scopes that have become popular favorites with Mini 14 owners.<<

Yup, it's pretty much whatever "floats your boat".
More like "this survived my Mini"

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You may have concluded a tad too fast, somehow I think there are plenty more Leupold & Nikon on this board.


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It wasn't obvious at first but now it is becoming so. There is no one or two scopes that have become popular favorites with Mini 14 owners.
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Originally Posted by Wagon View Post
You may have concluded a tad too fast, somehow I think there are plenty more Leupold & Nikon on this board.
Leupold and Nikon what tho?
In the 10/22 world, the Simmons Mag 22 3x9-32 owns it for the masses but there is a major following for target guns with the Mueller APV 4.51440 AO and the Nikon 4x ProStaff for a rugged woods scope. It doesn't look like there is a king for the Mini 14.
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I have a Leupold Rifleman 3x9x40, it doesn't jump around like a cheap scope will.
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Old 08-30-2009, 21:17   #14
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.. why don't you start a poll.

Originally Posted by Mohave-Tec View Post
Leupold and Nikon what tho?
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I hear that! 2nd
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Centerpoint Quick Aim Red Dot 1 X 34...Works great, and am able to hit targets easily at over 100 to 200 yards...Only $50 @ Walmart.
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Leupold 2.5x28mm IER ...

...mounted on an Ultimak Scout Rail. Strong enough for a Mini-14, low profile, excellent at 100+ yards, permits shooting with both eyes open, and costs about $225-250.

Have fun!
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How are you using the rifle? Target, hunting, SHTF?
Given the fact that the Mini has good accuracy and not great accuracy I would be more inclined to go with a rugged scope vs a expensive target scope.
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Originally Posted by Wagon View Post
I have Burris FF II 2-7x . It does help my tired eyes to see the target clearly from 85yd and beyond also reasonable quick acquisition vs scopes of higher power...
ditto
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when you combine:

You may have concluded a tad too fast, somehow I think there are plenty more Leupold & Nikon on this board.
with:

Given the fact that the Mini has good accuracy and not great accuracy I would be more inclined to go with a rugged scope vs a expensive target scope.
and:

excellent at 100+ yards, permits shooting with both eyes open
I think my nomination of the leupold VX II in a 1-4X begins to make sense. It meets all of those requirements. Can shoot with both eyes open at 1X, is reportedly almost as fast (some say as fast or faster) than a red dot at target acquisition, has more than enough magnification for anything out to 200-300 yards, is undoubtedly rugged (it is a Leupold after all).
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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?
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.
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I had a Simmons Mag 22 3x9 32 on my Ruger 10/22. It's the most popular scope for the 10/22 and its a great little scope....for a 22 but I built up my 22 for a BO gun and exchanged the little Simmons for the Nikon 4x ProStaff. Now I'm thinking I will put the simmons back on the 10/22 and put the Nikon on the Mini-14. Both are exceptional values for what they are.
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Originally Posted by SgtWaggoner View Post
Centerpoint Quick Aim Red Dot 1 X 34...Works great, and am able to hit targets easily at over 100 to 200 yards...Only $50 @ Walmart.
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
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I have a Bushnell Trophy 3X9X40 mounted on my mini 14 Target works great!
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