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My eyes have been going down hill (be 50 in 3 mo. and diabetic). I have 181 series non-ranch Mini. I need to either scope it or trade it off. Money is tight as normal but saving up some cash. My Mini is my only centerfire semi auto I own. I use it as a pick-up gun and if scoped maybe pdogs. I have a Vangard VS in 223 and not against an other bolt but like semi-auto rapid fire. My question will a scope mount and scope be wise investment or get a bolt gun and scope.
 

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Try Tech sights, you can put larger apertures in them for old fading eyes and in my case a little Testors paint on the front sight worked wonders for sight acquisition. I tried a lot of colors but finally settled on florescent pink rose as the most visible under most conditions.
 

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My eyes have been going down hill (be 50 in 3 mo. and diabetic). I have 181 series non-ranch Mini. I need to either scope it or trade it off. Money is tight as normal but saving up some cash. My Mini is my only centerfire semi auto I own. I use it as a pick-up gun and if scoped maybe pdogs. I have a Vangard VS in 223 and not against an other bolt but like semi-auto rapid fire. My question will a scope mount and scope be wise investment or get a bolt gun and scope.
Hi Ringo63,

Your best bet for a longer term "solution" is putting some glass on that mini. I too have problems with my eyes and have tried the Tech Sights concept on a .22 a found them of no use so I ended up selling them and putting a scope on the rifle. S&K makes a scope mount for non-ranch minis. I've never tried it so I can't answer from personal experience. Perhaps someone on this forum who has it can advise you. Since $ is a concern, you might be better off putting it into a mount/rings & scope. sounds like you might want to keep your mini if you can. Even if the Tech Sights work for you now, unfortunately you'll probably end up going to glass eventually. Here's a PU link you might find helpful...good luck!

http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/ruger-mini-14-mini-30/69256-best-scope-mount-non-ranch-mini-14-a.html
 

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I put the S&K on my 181 and really like it. It's a solid, well made piece. My only gripe is the casings fly up to hit the scope due to the S&K platform. Other than that, everything else is a positive.

I also installed the redfield 2 7x33 and it's a nice optic.
 

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A Mini-14 has a different ejector system than a Ranch Rifle.

Ranch rifles have the ejector in the bolt stop assembly. This ejects the brass horizontally.

Mini-14's have the ejector in the bolt. This ejects the brass vertically (right into the scope).


Mini-14's aren't really designed to be scoped.
 

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Scoping my mini with a side plate mount and 2-7 or 3-9 scope maybe the way to go. My concern is minis reputation of killing scopes.
 

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Scoping my mini with a side plate mount and 2-7 or 3-9 scope maybe the way to go. My concern is minis reputation of killing scopes.
If you do go this route, be sure to use Blue LocTite on the screws of that sidesaddle mount -- the main complaint is that they don't hold zero very well, and it's because the screws tend to shoot loose.

My recommendation would be the S&K or Wichita Arms mount, either of which requires removing the "guts" of your rear sight in order to use the ears as mounting points. Each of these is a rock-solid mount, but you'll obviously lose your ability to use the irons.

As for your concern about the Mini being a scope killer, I'd recommend investing in some Wilson Combat Shok-Buffs for a 1911 (I run one on the gas tube and one on the receiver end of the recoil spring guide) and/or an assorted set of reduced I.D. gas port bushings (.050-.065" seems to be a good starting point, depending on your ammo of choice...) to get the Mini's unique brand of recoil ("BOOM-Bang-Clang") under control.
 

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You could Install a 1911 recoil buffer and a different gas bushing, to shoften up the action just a bit. Then, take a look at installing an Amega Mini-Scout-Mount with either a scout scope or some sort of red dot.

IMHO, I think that is the best solution for getting optic's on a standard Mini.
 

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Scout mount is great idea for me to try because I have a Tapco stock with rail system built in all I need is a pistol/scout scope and rings.
 
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