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Old December 19, 2019, 09:44 PM   #26
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I've got a 195 series (Pencil Barrel) Mini 14 S.S. Ranch that has had close to 20k rounds of Russian steel cased ammo through it. When the barrel heats up it does open the groups up compared to an AR. But there are hoards of people with AR's that are afraid to feed Russian ammo through their arms.

Cold bore... it hits where I aim it.....and I've taken those cold shots at over 500 yards.
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Old December 19, 2019, 09:57 PM   #27
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They had large magazines, they were marked for law enforcement use, not sure if it ever had any legal weight, but I don’t think it did.

I’ve never had any magazine issues. Never had a failure that I didn’t cause.

If I could own only one gun in .223/.556, I’d take my Mini14 over anything else I own.
I’ll shoot my varied ARs, I like them well enough. I just don’t like anything as much as I do the Mini14.

Btw, this is my Mini14’s 10th birthday. I’ve dragged it through everything... still runs good.
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Old December 19, 2019, 09:59 PM   #28
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SHR970, I used my Mini14 to hunt coyotes. It is very accurate for cold bore shots.
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Old December 22, 2019, 11:37 PM   #29
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I get it.....finally!!!!

Pity the fool! I had to look twice at the pic of the A-Team van and connect my post with same. Funny for sure.

BTW, those stainless folding Mini's with lug and flash hider bring a fortune it seems these days.
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Old December 23, 2019, 09:12 PM   #30
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Those were select fire weren’t they?
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Old December 24, 2019, 02:32 AM   #31
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not ours

Those used by the NPS were not.
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Old December 24, 2019, 05:15 AM   #32
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The select fire version of the Mini-14 was called the AC556. I don't think Ruger ever sold any select-fire Minis, they were all sold under the AC556 model name.
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Old December 24, 2019, 11:32 AM   #33
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I shot a 10” AC556. The guy had put a tank brake on it and a red dot. You just pulled the trigger and watched fire spew out the sides of the brake while it just sat there not recoiling. It was great fun; but expensive even back with $145/1000 Winchester Q3131A.
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Old December 24, 2019, 09:06 PM   #34
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Current mini-14s are excellent rifles (and hey it's only money reference the couple of hundred extra bucks now being charged for them).

The stocks do come short but plenty of cheap after market extenders available.

In short just know it is a damn good rifle regardless of that which the current yahoos may say.
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Old December 25, 2019, 04:33 PM   #35
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Just to update you guys. I found what I thought was a great deal. A used stainless steel mini 14, 583 serial number for 650. Bought it, shot it the next day. Multiple failures to extract and several to feed a round. 4 different types of factory ammo and 4 different Ruger OEM mags. I cleaned the rifle before I shot it. 50 yard groups with American Eagle 55 grain and Fiocchi 62 grain were 5 to 6 inches. Hornady 60 grain TAP we're about an inch at 50, so was PPU 75 grain match. The shop where i got it was very nice and the owner took it back. I've been shooting guns for over 20 years. I've had 2 mini 14s before. This one was the worst. Kind of reminded me not to get one again.

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Old December 25, 2019, 04:44 PM   #36
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I can see why someone sold it
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Old December 25, 2019, 07:50 PM   #37
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landsman, that is really to bad. I bought a used mini about 10-11 years ago and it's not a tack driver but it is a bunch better then the one you took back. Don't give up on the mini. I wonder if Ruger could have or would have fixed it for you?
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Old December 25, 2019, 10:38 PM   #38
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Like I said, I've had mini 14s before. They weren't bad guns just not as accurate as I like. I was really hoping that a 580 series rifle would be better. Even if Ruger could fix the failure to extract issues, how would they fix 6 inch groups at 50 yards? I like mini 14s and I like Ruger products but that rifle was a lemon.
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Old December 26, 2019, 09:20 PM   #39
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Lemons can be found in any rifle. I'm an AR guy but I've found Ruger min-14 rifles to be damn reliable.
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Old December 26, 2019, 09:52 PM   #40
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Like I said, I've had mini 14s before. They weren't bad guns just not as accurate as I like. I was really hoping that a 580 series rifle would be better. Even if Ruger could fix the failure to extract issues, how would they fix 6 inch groups at 50 yards? I like mini 14s and I like Ruger products but that rifle was a lemon.
I only have one Mini, a new model I purchased earlier this year, totally stock
I run it with a Leupold FXII 4x (fixed) and can just touch 3moa with 55gr
That is within military acceptance standards for the M4, good enough for me

Any particular reason you want something in 223?
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