View Full Version : Mini 14 Scope

September 20, 2009, 11:07 AM
Hey everybody, I have a mini 14 that I purchased about two years ago.
Its just plain mini 14 .223 nothing special. I am interested in buying a scope for the gun. Just wondering what you guys suggest as a good scope to buy. I havent really had a chance to see how far this thing shoots accurately, I have read on some articles that the mini 14 wont shoot accurately after 100 yards. Any suggestions. Thanks

September 20, 2009, 11:51 AM
Something with low magnification. A Weaver K4 or the equivalent from Nikon, Burris or Bushnell. I liked my Mini fine until I put a 3x9 Leupold on it and discovered how inaccurate it was. Stick with a 4x or less.

September 20, 2009, 01:25 PM
They are NOT target rifles. 3 shots in 3" at 100yds is good for a Mini. After that the groups open up as the barrel heats up. Don't get me wrong I love Minis but they are not target rifles. I like to just use the open sights but if you must scope it I would go with a Weaver V3 1-3x20 (~$150).

September 20, 2009, 02:48 PM
A variable low power scope is a good choice for the Ruger Mini. Here's my Mini 30 with a Weaver 1x3 -


September 20, 2009, 02:50 PM
This is what I put on mine it kind of covered the full usefullness of the gun.

September 20, 2009, 04:26 PM
Valdada import several scopes that would be the cat's meow. Or Meopta.

I have been quite impressed with the durability and clarity of the IOR offerings.

September 20, 2009, 05:39 PM
I'm very happy with the Millet DMS-1. Got the sec gen for just under $220.
Great sight picture, rapid target acquisition and excellent reliability. it's a 1x4x24.

For my MINI-14, it's the Jose Oquendo of scopes--it does everything well enough, especially since 99% of my shots are under 250 yards.


September 20, 2009, 05:55 PM
I use a cheap Tasco 2-8x32mm scope on my Mini-14 and it works very well for me. At 3-4 MOA it's accurate enough for hunting and what-not. I've thought about upgrading the scope but it's held up for several years now so I really have no need to yet, but when/if it breaks I'll prolly go with a Weaver V3.


September 21, 2009, 07:51 AM
About any small 1 to 4X scope is good :D

Mine has a Simmons 4X32MM on it, but it just came with it and I haven't bothered changing it.

You MIGHT..be surprised with your mini ;) some shoot good.

Try loosening the barrel band screws about 1/4 to 1/2 turn (Maybe loc-tite to make sure they don't come out more). Really improves the accuracy. So far it's helped on four Mini's :cool:

Me AND dads get 1.5" with good softpoints (Not wolf), and my uncles go around 2.5" (iron sights though). So I'm sold on that procedure ;)