Mini 14 Advice

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Bearcat
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I am intertested in purchasing a Mini 14. It will mainly be used for plinking and the ocassional coyote and other varmints. I plan to put a 3x9 scope on it. I do not need a tack driver, but i have heard that the Mini 14's have horrable accuracy and that Ruger recently made modifications to improve accuracy. Will some one please advise me as to what i can expect for accuracy and have they recently been improved. How do I make sure i get one of the improved ones.
 

Divernhunter

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Anything new will be the "improved" model. What they did was to replace all the worn out tooling at the factory and I believe the barrels are heavier.
I have a older Ranch model and the accuray is fine.
BTW...a 3X9 scope is overkill and most do not "look right" on the mini. I have straight 4X on my 14 and 30 and they work fine and "look right" to me.
My 2 Cents
 

blume357

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Newer mini's have a better barrel. I still think you will have to find the right ammo for it.

3x9 scope is fine in my opinion.
 

felix cortinas

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I got a couple of "new minis" including a Tactical, they are tackdrivers compared to some of the older ones, but I am a mini lover. my mini 30 with a 3x9 x 40 shoots 1" groups and is a hog slayer. :p
 

tango6

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I finally unloaded my 186 series mini 14. is the mini 30 any more accurate than the 14's or is it still a hope and a prayer to hit anything?
 

tango6

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well, the buyer backed out! so I guess I will keep the thing and try to improve it. since the barrel seems to be the weak link, what is the recommended replacement barrel that will give good accuracy?
 

tango6

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I appreciate the link but if I read it right, it will not work on 186 series rifles.
 

wetidlerjr

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tango6":1yliibem said:
I appreciate the link but if I read it right, it will not work on 186 series rifles.

Where does it say that ?

For Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 with full-length barrels.
Not recommended for tapered 16” short barrel versions as clamps will be positioned too closely together.
Will not fit early 180-series, as rear of strut will interfere with sling installation point.
Will not fit rifles with mid-barrel bayonet lugs (i.e. older GB models).
Will not fit on "Target" models due to the much larger barrels.
 

tango6

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4th line down in your quote

"Will not fit early 180-series, as rear of strut will interfere with sling installation point. "
 

slippingaway

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tango6":t3xuj3mk said:
4th line down in your quote

"Will not fit early 180-series, as rear of strut will interfere with sling installation point. "

But you don't have a 180 series, you have a 186 series, at least that's what you posted.
 

tango6

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ok, maybe i am interpeting it wrong. i thought it meant all 180 to whatever in the 18's. i emailed accu strut for clarification. thanks.
 

tango6

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I received a reply from accu-strut and it will fit my 186 series mini 14. Thanks for all the help and sorry about all the confusion.
 

wetidlerjr

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tango6":3jforf4u said:
I received a reply from accu-strut and it will fit my 186 series mini 14. Thanks for all the help and sorry about all the confusion.

No problemo ! I live in the state of confusion. :mrgreen:
 
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