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Re: Gun Experts? 5,56 VS .223

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11-27-2012 16:12:39

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Have been interested in a mini 14 for awhile but can"t seem to find one to check out at any local dealers. How do you like it? Seems its still reasonable to shoot and coyotes would be dandy targets. What would be a good price on one? Don"t know much about them but a guy that used to be a prison guard said they used them in the towers and he liked them

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11-27-2012 18:43:30

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 Re: Gun Experts? 5,56 VS .223 in reply to Mark6005, 11-27-2012 16:12:39  
Like buickanddeere stated, the accuracy of the mini 14s varies. I may be wrong, but I believe serial #s 185XXX and up are the "new and improved" rifles. Ruger tightened specs and upgraded tooling, resulting in much better accuracy. I picked up an older mini 14 a few years back (turns out it was made third year of production and is older than me), reliable as heck but no tack driver by any stretch of the imagination. 50 yard shots averaged 3 1/2 inches, 100 yards opened up to 8 inch or larger groups. I have since added an Accu-Strut stabilizer and group size has been cut in half. Again, new rifles do better.

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11-27-2012 17:14:12

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 Re: Gun Experts? 5,56 VS .223 in reply to Mark6005, 11-27-2012 16:12:39  
Mini 14's vary in accuracy. Up until a few years ago when the factory re-worked the design and tooling for accuracy. Out of the box Mini 14's would barely hold a 3" group at 100 yards. A few would shoot around corners.

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11-28-2012 03:46:06

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 Re: Gun Experts? 5,56 VS .223 in reply to buickanddeere, 11-27-2012 17:14:12  
Same as today in 2012 with a Mini 14.

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11-27-2012 16:18:16

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 Re: Gun Experts? 5,56 VS .223 in reply to Mark6005, 11-27-2012 16:12:39  
i bought a secondhand mini 14 from my neighbors son...stainless and black poly furniture...shoots perfect...i gave $400. for this one.

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11-27-2012 17:30:47

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 Re: Gun Experts? 5,56 VS .223 in reply to BCnT, 11-27-2012 16:18:16  
I saw a used Mini "ranch" in Scheels in Sioux City Iowa a little over a month ago, and they were asking $650 for it. I thought that was high, but several other gun dealers told me that wasn't a bad price.

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11-27-2012 20:56:46

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 Re: Gun Experts? 5,56 VS .223 in reply to Old Popper, 11-27-2012 17:30:47  
i been wanting one since first saw in a magazine...when my neighbor told me the price i told him to tell his son it was sold...sight unseen.

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