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just wondering,is there any accuracy differences between the mini 14 and the mini 30?or is it just the mini 14 in .223 that has the accuracy proublems .also i was looking in a older shooters bible(1986)and seen a ruger model xgi,it looks just like the mini 14/30 but it is a .308 has anyone seen one of these and if so what do ya think
 

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Hey wheels. I only have a mini-14, but have read all of the 18,000 or so posts. Collectively the mini-14, and mini-30 out of the box shoot about the same i.e. 4-5" groups at 100 yds. By the same token they both respond to tuning, and can be made to shoot 2" groups or better using the same techniques i.e. ammo selection, bedding stock, muzzle brake, gaping & torquing gas block halves, and trigger job.

The early mini-30s had a .308 bore, but later were changed to .310 or so. These .308 were for shooting 7.62x39mm not the .308 Winchester which is 7.62x51 (NATO). The 7.62 NATO has a bullet dia. of .308, 7.62x39mm Russian had a bullet dia of .311", while the 7.62x54mm Russian has a bullet dia. of .308. Ruger did experiment with a 7.62 NATO (.308 Winchester), but as I understand it never made it to the market.
 

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I may be a little late to post here but the mini30 now has 154gr ammo from wolf. Everything I've been able to pick up info wise indicates that these are more stable due to size, wgt increase and thus more accurate. Not too mention, the knock-down capability is supposed to be stellar. I have about 100 of these little amigos but I shoot in the desert and unless (until) I can drag my self out on a saturday morning at 4-5AM, it's way too hot out there to do any serious shooting, I'm gonna have to wait until fall..... 154 grainers, just a thought as you make you comparison. Have fun!
 

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Silver Bear Match 7.62x39 is supposed to be very accurate. Uly hp gets good reviews too.
I find my 14 is more accurate than the 30, but the 14 is in a synthetic stock, which I believe helps.
 
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