View Full Version : Ruger Mini-14 Accuracy: PART 2

hardhat harry
August 3, 2012, 01:22 PM
Got to the range today:

60 rounds of American Eagle 50 grain Varmint
Shooting Time: < 1 hour with 2 target chainge (approx 10 minutes)
Conditions: 93 degrees
Humidity: Raining
Wind: Dead Calm
Firing from bipod, no sand bags used.

Keep in mind, I am closed to 70 than I am to 60, so I feel pretty darn good about my shooting.

It was so freaking humid, it was imposible to keep safety glasses from fogging.
Rifle performed flawlessly. Only used Ruger 20 round magazine, did not use TAPCO 30 rounders.


In the attached picture: Right target is my ZERO confirmation at 100 yards.

Left target was my 200 yard group (ROUNDS 54, 55, 56) Rounds 57, 58 and 59 were to fine lay the scope

Center Target: ROUND 60

Thankfully, I was out of ammo and had to go home before I could ruin my last shot.


safe cracker
August 3, 2012, 06:31 PM
I'm younger and ur better than me :-).what mini do you have, is it one of the new ones. i have a 181 and was wondering what scope set up you guys would use on the 181 mini...? I'm planing on bedding the stock, putting a strut on it and maybe cutting the thin lil barrel down some...?

hardhat harry
August 4, 2012, 07:01 AM
I have a newer version with the factory ATI stock. I am shooting a 3x9 scope with Harris Bipod and a green laser (just for fun). You can see the link here: http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=496878

Nine the Ranger
August 4, 2012, 07:04 AM
Harry, your shooting only reinforces the fact that I REALLY want a Mini-14.

August 4, 2012, 10:30 AM
Just finally got around to picking mine up yesterday, the tac model, just the term makes me ill, but its a sweet handling little rifle, looks great next to the mini 30!

Hopefully Mine can shoot as good, not looking for zombies but im quessin the coyotes are a bit nervous;)

August 4, 2012, 11:38 AM
What 3-9x scope and what mount are you using?

What series is your rifle?

Mine is minute of Volkswagon at 200 yards.... seriously I could probably get a 10 inch group with decent ammo. I'm surprised that you were able to get groups that tight with American Eagle, it's not exactly the most consistent stuff available.

the rifleer
August 4, 2012, 02:33 PM
You know whats funny? I got amazingly tight groups with cheap wolf ammo. I got a 3 shot group less than 1 inch at about 65 yards with open sights with my mini 14.

These things really are capable of good accuracy, you just have to do your part.

hardhat harry
August 4, 2012, 05:25 PM
The scope is an out of production (Freedom series) NC Star 3-9x40 P4 Sniper. I am using the factory Ruger rings. The rifle is a series 581, model #5846. I have mounted the Harris bipod with a rail adapter and an AimShot Green laser.

I have gotten excellent accuracy out of the AE 50 grain tipped varmint, but will probably change over to a 70 grain when bulk stuff is more available. The AE was cheap on sale.

August 5, 2012, 06:47 AM
Good shooting, Wife got me one For Christmas last year and it is awesome...:) Cliff

August 6, 2012, 05:52 PM
I get amazing groups (1.5" @ 100 yds.) with cheap steel cased Tula in my mini. I love the gun, glad you are getting good groups with that 50g AE ammo, I just picked up a bunch at Wally World.

August 6, 2012, 05:59 PM
A one shot group? I've heard of debating three vs. five...

hardhat harry
August 6, 2012, 08:54 PM
Last round I had, final adjustment...point of aim, point of impact at 200 yards. I described what I was doing in my original post.

August 6, 2012, 10:20 PM
Harry, that's superb shooting. 200 is a long way when you're not on the bench. I've also got pretty good groups with various guns using Wolf steel 62 gr. HP's.


August 7, 2012, 01:39 PM
Very nice shooting Sir! Makes me want to buy a mini.

August 7, 2012, 07:23 PM
Well done! Good shooting. I really like shooting the Mini 14!