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Old 11-28-2005, 22:32   #1
 
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Hey All - I'm new to the forum. I have a couple of pistols, and want to add a rifle to the family.

IDEALLY, I would like a good target/plinking range rifle, such as an AR (the Oly Arms Plinker seem to be the most economical going for around $600, but from the little research that I have done, they donít seem to be as accurate as the higher-end Oly Arms AR models that go for $800+).

A friend-of-a-friend is selling his Mini 14 (Ranch) and is asking $400 for it. Seems like a fair deal. He will be emailing me the specs on the rifle tomorrow, but from what my buddy said, itís less than 5 years old, has only been fired once, and he is including the scope.

Is this a fair deal? Iíve heard that the Mini 14 is a pretty good all-around rifle, but probably not the best for accuracy (without investing a little time/money into it). I suppose the alternative is saving a little longer for the Plinker, or even longer for a higher-end/higher-priced AR. Of course I would not mind having both in my collection, either! Iíll post the specs once I receive them...

Thanks!

Josh

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Okay, here is the skinny on the Mini:

"Ruger Mini 14, 223 cal., stainless steel with walnut stock, stainless steel flash suppressor, one factory 5 round mag and one non factory 20 round mag, a Cabela&#39;s Pine Ridge multi reticle red dot scope that I paid &#036;180.00 for, a hard gun case, an Otis cleaning kit and 385 rounds of jacketed hollow points. It&#39;s been fired once about 150 times/rounds.
I&#39;m asking &#036;400.00."
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Old 11-28-2005, 23:22   #2
 
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Originally posted by josh_0351@Nov 28 2005, 10:32 PM
Hey All - I&#39;m new to the forum. I have a couple of pistols, and want to add a rifle to the family.

IDEALLY, I would like a good target/plinking range rifle, such as an AR (the Oly Arms Plinker seem to be the most economical going for around &#036;600, but from the little research that I have done, they donít seem to be as accurate as the higher-end Oly Arms AR models that go for &#036;800+).

A friend-of-a-friend is selling his Mini 14 (Ranch) and is asking &#036;400 for it. Seems like a fair deal. He will be emailing me the specs on the rifle tomorrow, but from what my buddy said, itís less than 5 years old, has only been fired once, and he is including the scope.

Is this a fair deal? Iíve heard that the Mini 14 is a pretty good all-around rifle, but probably not the best for accuracy (without investing a little time/money into it). I suppose the alternative is saving a little longer for the Plinker, or even longer for a higher-end/higher-priced AR. Of course I would not mind having both in my collection, either&#33; Iíll post the specs once I receive them...

Thanks&#33;

Josh
You can`t compare an AR to a mini, these are 2 absolute different rifles.
Just in case you won`t buy the mini, I have a 100% byer. PM me hen you`ve made up your mind&#33;
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:27   #3
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It is a good deal if it has been fired very little and comes with a scope. I&#39;d go for it if I were looking for a rifle in 223.

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Welcome to the forum josh. Sounds like a deal to me.



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didn&#39;t say if it is a ranch though.....

Ranch or not makes quite a bit of difference.
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Old 11-29-2005, 17:29   #6
 
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Originally posted by guncats@Nov 29 2005, 05:10 PM
didn&#39;t say if it is a ranch though.....

Ranch or not makes quite a bit of difference.
I posed the question and he didnít know (if it was a ranch or not).

I can assume on one hand that if it was (a Ranch), heíd know it. But then again, wasnít the big evolution of the ranch the ability to mount scopes (and this Mini includes a mounted scope)?

Also, did/do they make 7.62 Miniís? He said this is a 5.56 Ė is there a (performance) difference?
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Old 11-29-2005, 18:06   #7
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Originally posted by guncats@Nov 29 2005, 05:10 PM
didn&#39;t say if it is a ranch though.....

Ranch or not makes quite a bit of difference.
Which would be better in your opinion?Main difference in shooting is path of ejection.Most aftermarket parts fit either one.IMHO either one is a good deal. I would stay away from 180 series,tho.Mini 30 is 7.62x39. B)
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Originally posted by cowboy117+Nov 29 2005, 06:06 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (cowboy117 @ Nov 29 2005, 06:06 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-guncats@Nov 29 2005, 05:10 PM
didn&#39;t say if it is a ranch though.....

Ranch or not makes quite a bit of difference.
Which would be better in your opinion?Main difference in shooting is path of ejection.Most aftermarket parts fit either one.IMHO either one is a good deal. I would stay away from 180 series,tho.Mini 30 is 7.62x39. B) [/b][/quote]
Thanks, Cowboy (and everyone else who has weighed in on this). I think I will buy the Mini. Something about it (Ruger) just appeals to me... Plus, I plan on growing my collection/family of weapons, and this seems like a good platform from which to build on.

So to set me straight, the 7.62 Miniís are the ďMini 30ísĒ, and the 5.56 Miniís are the ďMini 14ísĒ?

And what are some to of the things that I can to do make a more accurate weapon? (And yes, already searched and have a good list compiled.)
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Old 11-30-2005, 08:22   #9
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7.62=Mini 30/.223=Mini14.Mini 14 is actually chambered in .556 so you have your choice of ammo.For accurizing,go to link for accurizing and tips and tricks at top of page.Also use "search" feature.Lots of info on this site if you look around.Have fun &#33;Mini&#39;s are cool&#33; B)
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sounds like a good deal. But I didn&#39;t think minis came with a walnut stock.

And yes mini -14 =.223/5.56 NATO and mini-30 = 7.62X39 russian(not 7.62NATO/.308)
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