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Old February 17, 2010, 09:26 PM   #26
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Comparing a standard Mini-14 to a Tactical Mini-14 is like comparing a Granny Smith to a Gala when it comes to apples.

I can do some shooting this weekend, and let you see the results at 300 yds. if you like.
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Old February 17, 2010, 09:55 PM   #27
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That would be a great help! I would like to buy a Ruger, if it will perform ok. I feel like it will! Have you heard of any dirt tests? (dirt in the reciever etc..) I don't think I could do that to a gun intentionally! haha. Also, I would definetely like your dealers info if you didn't mind. I just can't seem to find one under $700 at all. Thanks!

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Old February 18, 2010, 02:58 AM   #28
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If you're obsessed with having something that goes bang every time then you need to look at AKs and their derivatives. Saigas work just fine and they're cheap.

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Old February 18, 2010, 03:33 AM   #29
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While not the prettiest .223 on the market the new Benelli MR1 has a solid action and once shouldered feels pretty good. It also uses AR mags which is a plus. I almost purchased an MR1 last weekend, almost. Another rifle to consider isn't a .223. The CZ VZ58 is chambered in 7.62x39. It's light, well balanced and fun to shoot.
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Old February 18, 2010, 08:20 AM   #30
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I agree i would get a Saiga before i would get a Mini-14. I like Ruger, but dollar for dollar the saiga is a better value.

If your dead set on not getting an AR, but you want to spend the $1500, look at the Benelli.
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Old February 18, 2010, 02:02 PM   #31
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Dirt tests would compare with the M1 Garand and Springfield M1A. They're built on the same receiver. Ask any soldier who has ever fired a weapon in combat and he will tell you that he prefers the Garand Style receiver over the "Mattel M16" receiver any day. I know I did. I qualified Expert while in the Corps and carried an MK14 Mod O EBR. I loved the Garand receiver on it, and they are an animal all their own.
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Old February 18, 2010, 02:33 PM   #32
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I would choose the Sig Sauer 556 since it will run both the SIG magazines and AR15 magazines.

Or wait for the Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, if they ever actually produce this white elephant.
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Old February 20, 2010, 06:41 PM   #33
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I am really liking the SIG556 but still have not heard of any real accuracy tests. Also, that Benelli MR-1 looks kinda "open" in the bolt area. I did notice it before but will it really cause problems with collecting dirt and jamming?
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Old February 20, 2010, 11:37 PM   #34
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mini 14 Tactical price

"That is by far the best looking Mini I have seen. This may be a foolish question but can you get those with a bull/ matchgrade barrel? Also, did you pay the $921 retail or can you get that model cheaper?? Thanks. "



I looked in Michigan and the best I could do was $750 found it at two places at that price.

Mostly, mini 14's are just hard to find in my area.

Saw the Stainless Synthetic Ranch at $850 in two places, and a wood stocked Ranch at $719 and $739.
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Old February 21, 2010, 12:51 AM   #35
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Ever considered the Steyr AUG??

Here in Australia we refer to it as the F88 AUSTEYR.

a FANTASTIC rifle and very accurate. Pity we are not allowed to own them here anymore!

But being a Steyr I'll bet they are not cheap.
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Old February 21, 2010, 02:35 PM   #36
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Yes, I have looked at the AUG and love it but you are right, PRICEY!!
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