Hi Alaskafe;I bought a 582 series mini 14 Tactical a couple of weeks ago and have put 30 rounds through it so far. It wasn't a serious sighting in session but was just a chance for me to check the rifle out using various 55gr reloads. Today however, I have some loads that I worked up specifically for this rifle over the weekend and it is time to do some serious shooting. The one conclusion I came to was that when I am at the range I want to be at the far right table. I apologized to the guy next to me for all the hot brass zinging at him and he was nice enough about it.
When I went to the range last week, the rifle was shooting minute of basketball which is sort of what I expected. I am hoping for tighter groups today because this rifle is meant to replace my AR 15 which is a long story that I'll get into later. I've been doing a lot of reading here and now I know I might want to retorque the gas block and that an Accu Strut or Mo Rod might help but because of the shorter barrel, but it's doubtful. Bedding the action is something that will also happen and I'm fairly certain I will replace the iron sights with something else. Williams WGRS series maybe?
Anyhow, I'm off to the range and will file a range report later.
The mini is somewhat more sensitive to variations in shooting technique than some other rifles. Here's an interesting read: Accu-strut for Mini-14
I thought I had my technique down pretty well before the ammo drought. Last time I had it out, I proved that good marksmanship skills can be perishable.
Good luck and all the best,