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I've decided to get an assault rifle and I've been doing some thinking on the subject. I'm considering either a Colt AR-15, AK-74 (maybe 47), or a Ruger Mini-14. My goal is to keep it inexpensive but get the most bang for my buck in accuracy. It seems the AR-15 shoots pretty well stock and the Mini-14 needs a few upgrades to get it shooting decent. I don't know too much about how well the AK-74 shoots stock, but it sounds to be a very reliable gun. If I go with the Ruger or AK, I'll end up spending more on it as the money comes, but the AR-15 is very expensive as is. I'm not going to be using it for competitive shooting, but I'll want to be able to show off every once in a while. What are your guys thoughts?
 

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If this is your first and may be your last assault type rifle, my recommendation would be to get a Bushmaster 20" AR. They are much more accurate than a Mini or an AK, they have milspec chambers so you can fire the very hot and potent (as well as cheap) mil-spec ammo from it. Parts are available everywhere for these rifles. The AR has had most of the bugs worked out of them over the years and the Bushy is a pretty reliable rifle. Mags are another issue with rifles and there are still many reliable GI mags out there. AIM Surplus has the Bushy for about $699 last time I checked. IMHO, the Bushmaster AR-15 would be the way to go. My second choice would be the AK design because of cheaper mags and finally the Mini-14. Good mags have just got so expensive for the Mini anymore, that to me, they just aren't a viable alternative to the AR anymore. I still own a Mini and have a good supply of Masen and PMI mags for it, but I would not buy another at this point knowing that PMI's are gonna cost me $40 each at least. I'm not knocking the Mini, but it just has more things going against it than the other choices.......mags, parts availability, accuracy, ect.

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Not to be nit picky, but an "assault rifle" is a miltary term for a select fire rifle with an intermediate caliber. The full-auto M16A1 or the burt fire M16A2 are assault rifles.

FOr the semi-auto variants that we like to own and shoot, there is a derogatory term used by the media and by government, calling them "assault weapons".

I really prefer if people who are into the sport don't proliferate the terminlogy that is preferred by those who wish to wipe out the sport. That would be playing into their hands.
 

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I wouldn't waste my money on a Mini-14. I've had 2 of them. They're not bad guns, the problem is that they aren't good guns either! I like the simplicity of the design of the Mini-14 but the accuracy just isn't there. If you want accuracy go with an AR.

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Originally posted by Bill
Not to be nit picky, but an "assault rifle" is a miltary term for a select fire rifle with an intermediate caliber. The full-auto M16A1 or the burt fire M16A2 are assault rifles.

FOr the semi-auto variants that we like to own and shoot, there is a derogatory term used by the media and by government, calling them "assault weapons".

I really prefer if people who are into the sport don't proliferate the terminlogy that is preferred by those who wish to wipe out the sport. That would be playing into their hands.
Remember Bill, that the new term is "Homeland Defense Weapon" ;) :D
 

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I thought it was "No, I lost that on a hunting trip in 1987".
 

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Texshooter, The best bang for the buck would be the AK-47 they had some for sale at www.auctionarms.com for $309.00 and mags are cheep...But if you wont accuracy DPMS makes a AR with a 16" bull barrel for about $650.00 mags are easy to come buy,and parts are easy to get...The mini is a good gun but it will need work to get the accuracy you wont,and good 30 round mags for it can be hard to find and $$$$...:ar15:
 

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Texshooter,

Now don't you pay attention to anything raftdriver may say. I think the Mini-14 is the way you should go. Too bad you aren't in Orygun, you could stop by and buy mine - give you a good deal, too.

All seriousness aside, any AR, AK, FAL, M1A, and quite a few other variations would be the best place to start. Just decide what caliber you prefer and go from there. Any of the milspec firearms are much easier to work on, have many more accessories/spare parts available, and will be much more accurate out of the box than the Mini's. I've got one, but have been thinking of selling it and building up a couple more AR types.

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In the last 10 years or so I've had 3 mini 14's and one mini 30, though I found them to be quite reliable I could never get under 2.5 in groups out of any of them, both my ar's shoot 1" and under.
 

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texshooter,
You from Texas? I guess the leftie's haven't taken away the semi-auto's from you'll yet. You'll notice the guys from Kalifornia don't like you throwing around the phrase "assault weapon" so casually. That's because on January 1, 2000, the new ASSault weapon ban became effective in the socialist homeland of Kalifornia. ANY centerfire rifle with a detachable magazine and one other qualifier was redefined by our socialist government to be an ASSault weapon. They had to be registered with the state, turned in to police, or transferred out of state. Anyone who did not do one of the above is a FELON. For doing nothing, they put half of KA's gunowner's at risk of being felons. And the unconstituional laws do not end there.

We don't mean to offend you for correcting your cursing. We haven't gotten over the treachery yet. Sorry if I don't sound pissed off enough!

KC

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