I see that Ruger now makes the Tactical Mini 14 in both 7.62 x 39 and the 5.56 x 45 (223). I need your advice on the better choice to purchase.
The 7.62 x 39 has really cheap but usually dirty Russian ammo. The larger caliber gives it a little more stopping power.
The 223 (5.56 x 45) is a more American caliber with a lot more choices for ammo. I've read that it is also more accurate than the 7.62 x 39. I can also find bolt action rifles that will fire the same ammo.
I reload as a rule, but neither of these calibers is my my experience so far. I can purchase either rifle at the same price. I am a casual shooter. The rifle would have some potential for crowd control but I don't plan to hunt with it.
Do any of you folks have any comments to help me make my choice?
I just read a review where they tested the Mini 30 Tactical
(http://www.weaponevolution.com/forum/sh ... 0-Tactical
the one with the 16in bbl, flash hider and factory 20rd magazine.
I have the Mini 14 (.223Rem / 5.56 NATO) and I am giving serious thought to getting the Mini 30.
- Ammo is cheaper, and more powerful. (you can get cheap Tula/Wolf steel case for bulk shooting, and you can get American made Remington, Winchester etc for hunting and more serious purposes)
- Accuracy of the new guns is all pretty good.
- I live in Maine and I would like to use my Mini for deer hunting on occasion, at least I would like to have that option. The .223 really doesn't have the horsepower to do the job to my satisfaction, the 7.62x39 has just enough.
My vote is for the Mini 30 in 7.62x39.