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Old 04-24-2018, 09:27   #701
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New member, long time lurker! I really have learned a ton of new information, and gotten some great ideas. I am planning on getting a Mini 30 in the near future, and building a Sandog special. I have been shooting for over 40 years, but this will be my first semi-auto centerfire. I have shot many AR's, but am not interested in that platform at this time. I own a few Ruger firearms- 2 bolt-action hunting rifles, a Super Blackhawk, a Mark II Standard pistol and have a 10-22 that I've customized a bit.
I look forward to learning more, and sharing when I have anything to add.
Thanks for all the great knowledge that gets shared here!
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Old 04-24-2018, 15:45   #702
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Joe, welcome to the forum from Central Virginia. We speak Mini here...
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welcome to the forum from a North Carolina member. I'm a 30 owner myself.
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Old 05-07-2018, 03:34   #704
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I remember it felt great in my hands and looked like a dream. I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it. Best I could get was right around 5 inches at 100 yds. Being a former infantry marine, I was good with it-it wasn't an M-40 right! My only problem was the anemic 5.56 round
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:30   #705
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Genni, with a little work and very little coin, you can get your Mini to 2 MOA: better or as good as an M4.

"Anemic" is in the eye of the beholder - and receiver! Plenty of dead BGs might have an issue as to how anemic it is. Yup. Anemic compared to a 7.62 NATO. Or a .50, or a 20mm, etc...but plenty potent. Probably wouldn't go Grizzly/Rhino/Elephant/Buffalo-hunting with one, though...
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Old 05-10-2018, 22:01   #706
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Yrep, not so anemic. M4s with a 14.5" barrel and M855 suck because they don't tumble and fragment past 70 yards, compared to the M193 out of a 20" which blows up at 200. I have seen M193 hits on bad guys and they were, well, VERY impressive. I use M193 in my 18" Mini-14. I use MK262 MOD1 in my M4gery.
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Old 01-26-2020, 16:47   #707
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Hi. Bought a Mini 14, found myself here.
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Old 01-27-2020, 08:19   #708
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Originally Posted by wonkman View Post
Hi. Bought a Mini 14, found myself here.
Hey, Wonk: Welcome to the forum from Central Virginia! Intro section is a nice place to tell us about yourself.

There are a few generations/variances of Mini-14s, so for us to be helpful, we'll need to know the first three digits of your Mini's S/N (the "series"). Solutions to challenges vary between some "series".

This is a good place to start to understand the differences:
Sunflower Ammo.com: Ruger Mini-14/30 Barrel Twist Rates

Not quite as extreme as just identifying a "Ford Mustang" without identifying options and model year, but close!
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Old 01-27-2020, 11:54   #709
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Welcome Wonkman. If you have a Ruger Mini....14 or 30....you are in good company here.
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Old 01-27-2020, 13:58   #710
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Thanks for the welcome.

I bought a new Mini 14 Tactical 583 model 5848. Behind enemy lines in MA so I had to go with the 5 rd mags. I'm going to pick up some 10 rounders next week. Also the Choate traditional stock and a few other goodies.

I've shot about 160 rounds so far of 5.56 and .223 and so far, so good. A few failures to feed that I'm going to attribute to break-in for now. The accuracy is good given all the horror stories floating about.

I put a Bushnell Engage 2.5-10x44 and that's working out really well. I'm in my 50s so iron sights are tough. I also tried it with a Bushnell TRS-25 red dot but I like the scope at low power better. Fun gun.
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Old 01-28-2020, 10:09   #711
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Even though there are no mag restrictions in my neck of the woods, I generally use a 5 round mag at the range as it fills the bill. You will find (or may have already) that you can load the 5 rounder pretty easily without removing it from the rifle if you so desire. This is fine for me when I am just plinking. YMMV
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I was tired of drooling and bought a Mini 14 yesterday. I've done a little research and ended up here a lot. It's a 582 stainless/synthetic. I completely disassembled it, fine-cleaned it, lubed it and reassembled. Very proud to have this!
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Which of the Red Dot scopes

Which Red Dot scopes will illuminate the face of the shooter? Any or All or ???

First time posting, so be easy if I am not posting correctly.

I have the older mini 14 (1999) model and am thinking of getting the Amega Scout rail and mounting the Primary Arms MDF-RGB II Red Dot. Any comments?
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Old 06-22-2020, 19:31   #714
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Hello everyone. New member from Texas... Bought a new Mini-14 (model 5819, "583") a few years ago. Have enjoyed tinkering with and shooting it a few times. Have already done a few of the usual mods and tweaks based on info from this excellent forum... Figured it was beyond time to join... Joe
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