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Old September 9, 2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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Mini-14/30

Ok, I wanting to get a .223 cal rifle, but right now I am in college and have a VERY limited budget. I know I can buy all the parts and assemble a AR-15 for about 450 to 500, but that is still way over my budget. I was looking in to getting a Ruger 10/22, but I happened to stumble across this Mini-14/30 for 130. I can spend that much. Here is a link.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...0054093229108a

My question is, is it a good gun? How does it shoot? So what do yall think of this gun? Mostly ill shoot it at the range. I don't want to wast my money.
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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Tat link is just the stock for the rifle. The actual rifle will be an addiional $500. The good news is that if you just buy a stock you don't have to worry about the rounds stringing or overpriced magazines!
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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You know that's just the Tapco stock for Mini-14 right? A Mini will run you another $500 or so.

Edit: ISC beat me to it.
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:11 PM   #4
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These Hi-Point's might be more in your range. They are definately not what you would call quality but if you want something cheap to plink at the range with it may be your way to go.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/i...p/cPath/36_269
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Old September 9, 2009, 07:15 PM   #5
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haha, I don't so bright right now
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Old September 9, 2009, 08:03 PM   #6
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just get a 10/22 for plinking and then save for what you really want, besides everyone needs a good .22 to play with.
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Old September 9, 2009, 08:26 PM   #7
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Can get a saiga in .223 for about $379. Accuracy is on par with mini
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Old September 9, 2009, 09:37 PM   #8
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"Accuracy" and "Mini" in the same sentence is an oxymoron.
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Old September 9, 2009, 09:43 PM   #9
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In defense of the mini, if you wait 5 or 10 minutes between shots they can have mediocre accuracy.
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Old September 10, 2009, 02:21 AM   #10
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A good SKS should cost a bit less than a good Mini, and the Russian ammo is now available again at decent prices.

Even if you don't want the Yugo's grenade launcher ( but you have grenades...), you can probably trade the gun later for something more desireable.

And there are tons of Norincos out there, with noticeably less weight and much better center-of-gravity than a Yugo.
One good shot with jhp is known to quickly stop and kill a large Texas feral hog.
You should see the nasty, up-close graphic color photos of the single, deep wound. 7.62x39 ammo is nothing to sneer at.
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Old September 10, 2009, 05:15 AM   #11
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I think your 10/22 idea is a good one...

It is a good rifle to start up with... yes you will have a wimpy 22lr rifle but 10/22s are great for learning and cheap to shoot. On top of that you can, when affordable, add to and improve the rifle.
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