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Is the Ruger Mini 14 a "reliable" semi auto? If so, I think it has some advantages over ARs (price, and the fact that "legally"

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  • Joseph J. McCloskey
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    It's easy to field strip, it's easy to clean, and it's a user friendly rifle. However, it does have a tendacy to be finnicky with after market magazines' feeding cycles. This limits you to use genuine Ruger magazines for continued firing reliability. The peep sight needs adjustments after firing, but I wouldn't discount this as a major enigma.This problem can be remedied with an allen wrench that is provided with the brand new rifle. When you field strip the rifle, for cleaning, pay attention to the piston rod's position in the buffer. This effects the ejecting/cocking cycle, as where the rifle's bolt fails to return to battery. Every mechanical device invented has it's own idiosyncracies, this is no exception. I would recommend this rifle as a reliable utility, if it is maintained. It's a mechanical work horse!

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  • cb bob
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    I bought my mini-14 about 15 years ago. I find mine to be very reliable, and accurate enough for what I use it for. I keep it strapped to my quad when driving around our hunting property, just in case I come across a coyote, or other small varmint. I get 2"-3" groups at 100 yards out of mine, in woods that most times you cant see 100 yards.

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  • Chewylouie
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    THis is the research stage. Research is not limited to F&S though.

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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    ChewyLouie,
    Have you checked GunsAmerica dot com? Patiently check your local dealers, and look about. Research the cartridge, the rifle, be comfortable with your choice, and fire it regularly. All the best.

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  • Chewylouie
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    Edward J.P.- That is the thing I hate about buying guns online! It bugs the stew out of me! That being said, I might not be able to get what I want if I don't buy it straight from the Ruger website. I like it because it is, for one cheaper than an ar, two, the thirty is a bigger caliber (that is what my other question was about).
    And for those who say it would not be the right kind of deer rifle, I have never killed a deer over 60 or so yards. I literally live in a yo-pon thicket! (if you're not from the south, it is the most annoying, fastest growing weed/bush/tree that grows up in fence rows and every where else).

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  • Hobob
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    I don't like mine at all. That being said it is very reliable, I just couldn't get it near the accuracy of an AR. It is an older model Ranch Rifle.

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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    FirstBubba,
    You bring up a good point. My varmint rifles spend time in the field but are pampered compared to my two utility rifles, which seem to absorb plenty of abuse. one or both will bounce around the truck, fall off the rear seat to the floor, get dinged on the door frame while removing it from the vehicle, etc. My varmint rifles are usually cased until I reach my destination and are carried like precision instruments until I set up in the field. A working rifle collects scars, and it's abusive to a fine rifle. My varminters may look better, but I appreciate my utility pieces with all their wear & tear, and wouldn't relinquish them without a good reason.

    ChewyLouie,
    I'm guessing the reason the Mini-14 isn't more popular is because the first were reliable but not impressively accurate and consequently got some bad press. At its introduction, the barrels were made for Ruger by a mass producer. Ruger now makes its own barrels and exercises better Quality Assurance in the process. Also, the rifle immediately appealed to those who appreciated the similarity to the gas system of the M14 and M1 Garand, but 40+ years of military personnel have cut their teeth on M16/AR15-type rifles and they understandably relate to what's familiar to them. I have little disagree with those who prefer different equipment, but I better appreciate it when they speak from experience instead of second-hand knowledge. Ultimately, as shooters, we are constantly experimenting and learning. I enjoy that process. I hope you get a chance to fire or at least handle the firearms that interest you before you empty your checkbook, and thoroughly enjoy shooting whatever you choose.

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  • Safado
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    As a side note, I believe the rifle that George Clooney built the suppressor for in th movie "The American" was a Ruger Mini 14.

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  • jhjimbo
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    My Ruger Mini-14 has a 1x4.5 weaver scope on it and shoots several rounds touching at 100yds. A photo of my target is posted on my profile.
    BTW, the M-1 carbine i shot in '66 was twice as accurate as the M-16. Granted , the AR types have come a long way but it is possible to get a good group out of a Mini-14.
    I consider mine a good 250 yd coyote gun which is what i got it for.

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  • FirstBubba
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    scratch
    I don't think the Ruger Mini/Ranch was ever intended to be "super" accurate at range. My "deer" (hunting?) rifles I do expect 1" or better groups at 100.
    BUT, I have no intention of hauling my Parker-Hale or No. 1 Ruger around in my farm truck.
    Can't remember the guys name, but he bought an absolutely beautiful Browning B78
    (single shot falling block) in 7mm Rem Mag and put a nice Leupold 3x9 VXI on it. It was his "truck" gun! A year later, it looked like he'd used it for stretching barb wire, a cheater pipe and a canoe paddle! ....and shot like a champ!
    Using a gun is one thing! What HE did to that rifle was unspeakable! But it was hismoney!

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  • scratchgolf72
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    if you guys are happy with the mini-14 then more power to you, i just wouldnt purchase a rifle that wasnt capable of even 1" groups at a hundred yards with a scope. your shooting 3 inch groups at 100, god knows where your at shooting a 200+, making the rifle, at least for me, essentially useless. unless i was firstbubba who is busting hogs out of thickets, which would be a close range affair and needs more then a .223, i can find a more accurate rifle to dispatch coyotes. an AR would serve the same purpose much more effectively.

    granted, this post is coming from someone that demands a deer rifle to give him accuracy under an inch at 100 off the bench.

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  • DSMbirddog
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    I have the more recent version of the ranch rifle and it is very reliable. My purpose was to have a rifle that can take a beating and still function. It does fulfill that requirement. It cleans up quickly and will shoot a 2 inch group if I do my part. I think a better trigger would help accuracy quite a bit.

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  • habben97
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    scratch golf, it might not shoot minute of angle, but it shoots minute of coyote!

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  • FirstBubba
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    I shoot the Ruger Ranch in 6.8mm Rem SPC.
    Like EJP, I wasn't looking for bench accuracy. My rifle will maintain a 4" group at 100 yds with ghost ring sights. That will take a white tail. I actually bought the gun for rooting ferals out of thickets, and for that, it works superbly!
    Quick note!
    Hi-Cap mags for the 6.8mm are literally, unavailable! Guesswhat? A 20 round .223 mag will hold 8-10, 6.8 rounds and still F,F and F!

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  • Treestand
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    I too had a Mini/14-.223 when they first came out(1976-77) and the Accuracy was Real Bad at 100Yd 4"-6" groups benched,I tried all types of ammo at the time.
    I traded it back to Solomons Gun shop for the Ruger Model/44.Mag Carbine and I still have it! On the Mini/14 Ruger came out(2002) with a more Accurate Mini/14 and the Ranch Rifle/30

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