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    Ruger mini 14 Ranch

    Looking to get into rifles, and I lean towards the mini 14. Anyone have any knowledge they could share?
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    very well made rifle. I could easily hit the broad side of a barn, from the inside, with my 1979 model.

    I don't care for .223/5.56 myself.

    but, still, the mini 14 (particularly with all wood) is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship
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    I bought one back in 1980. I loved that rifle . Had to sell it to feed the kids though. Now have an AR 15 . Still like the looks of that mini 14 though.

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    My uncle and my boss both have one. The only negative that I've heard out of either of them was that they wish that it was a little more accurate. However, both of them shoot close to 1" at 100 yards, so unless you're getting into Benchrest competition or shooting at prairie rats at 400 yards, you're probably good to go.
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    had mine shot 1 moa, it would still be in my possession. 3 to 4 moa just don't work for me. my old 1973 Marlin 336 still shoots 1 moa.

    The Mini-14 is a classy rifle though, and from what I understand about the newer models is that Ruger finally did some tweaking in the accuracy department. New ones may be much more accurate.
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    Both of their rifles are less than a year old, so that may have something to do with it.
    Self defense is not a part-time job!

    Shooting is one of the great joys in life. Pass it on.

    Colt Single Action Army - The original point and click interface.

    From one of my Drill Sargents upon graduating from Basic Training - "Keep your powder dry, your pecker wet, and your belly full."

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    I've read Rugar put a new barrel on them a few years ago. Heavier.


    I fondled a mini 30 today (7.62x39mm) now that's a thought. I'd still rather have a .223.
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    Maybe I got lucky , but the one I had never gave me reason to think it wasn't accurate. I shot groundhogs and coyotes at 100 yards and was plenty happy with it. I have heard a lot of people talk about them not being accurate or things fell off but I never had those problems with mine.

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    MOPP is all I need. (minute of paper plate) If I can consistently hit a paper plate at a hundred yards I'm a happy guy.
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    mine was definately "MOPP"

    I decided to install the scope mount/shell deflector to mount a 3X optic. It was just "o.k.", but not a really solid mounting system. Those of us that just can't see iron sights anymore have to depend on optics, or be very good at "point shooting". And as far as I'm concerned, point shooting a rifle effectively at over 20-30 yards ain't gonna happen.

    I kinda have my heart set on the Scout Rifle in .308. Not sure how many box tops off the Corn Flakes I'll have to save up for that though.
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