The phrase "polishing a turd" comes to mind, but take a look there.
This is a discussion on Modding a Mini 14 Ranch Rifle within the Rifles forums, part of the Sniping Related category; I bought a stainless mini 14 ranch rifle in .223 in the early 90's. I forget the reasons why I chose the mini over an ...
I bought a stainless mini 14 ranch rifle in .223 in the early 90's. I forget the reasons why I chose the mini over an AR at that time, but nonetheless that's what I did. I quickly found out that I could not print at 100 yards very well at all. At that time I had no formal rifle training. Now I have had extensive training and shoot quite well. I was also shooting once fired reloads that I bought from a gun show back then, which I am sure contributed to the lacking performance.
Around 1998 I was forced to sell some things off. The mini was one of those things. By that time I had an infant son and felt really bad selling what was to be 'his' rifle one day. I sold it to a co-worker along with some hi-cap mags. This particular co-worker and I do not share the same job assignment so I have only seen him 2-3 times since selling him the rifle. I last saw him at our range on Monday. We had casual conversation and I asked him about the rifle. He said he groups quite well with it using good ammo. In passing, and really not expecting much to result from it, I told him if he ever wanted to sell it to look me up first. Well, he did and he wants to sell it back to me for $100 less than I sold it to him for. The rifle has a max of 300 rounds through it at this point.
I am going to buy it back from him so my son can have it. I know the inherent accuracy issues associated with the mini's and I know it will not measure up to my current AR. I do want to upgrade it though and improve its accuracy. What are your suggestions? Can somebody nudge me in the direction of a Mini 14 specialist?
A buffing wheel with jeweler's rouge is best...Originally Posted by Orkan
In all seriousness, sir, why would you KNOWingly handicap your son's development as a rifleman when you can clearly do better? YOU own an AR, and know it to be a better platform, so... what are you waiting for?
Off to the gunshop's trading bench with you.
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The Mini-14 is not a very accurate piece. But it does have one redeeming feature--it is a miniature Garand. So before you buy your son a Garand, maybe you can use the Mini-14 as his training rifle.
I really wish that Ruger had tried harder. The Mini-14 could have been a great rifle. The Mini-14 was a great idea that suffered in execution.
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I've seen Mini-14's shoot 1-inch groups without any real work being done to come up with a sweet load.
They're heavy. They don't have the range of after-market options that an AR does. And they take expensive magazines instead of the ubiquitous AR mags.
But if 1 - 1.5 MOA is good enough (as in a combat or hunting rifle, not a benchrest or sniper rifle), the Mini-14 is not bad. And it's still significantly less expensive than an entry-level AR.
Thanks for the information guys. So just what is it about the Mini 14 design that makes them less accurate than we would like to see?
I had one back in 1982. I still remember the serial number--182-70772.
Anyhow, it would spray rounds every where. I think that the problem is the way that Ruger attaches the barrel. I read somewhere that Ruger used a fixture that somehow stressed either the gas block or the barrel.
I can't remember.
But as the gun heated up, the group would disperse. For some strange reason I still liked the rifle. I only sold it because I needed the money.
A friend of mine has a reasonably accurate Mini. It is an older one, late 70's perhaps. I guess back then Ruger's quality control let a few accurate rifles out the door.
Anyways, keep the Mini for nostalgic reasons, but get your son something else to learn with. Anything else. An AR or a bolt action .223? A nice .22?
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Here are a couple of thing you can DIY to help.
First. Loosen the gas block then retorque to an even setting all the way around using the cross tenique.
Second. get a trigger job. and get the muzzel recrowned.
There are lots of thing you can do just do an internet search.
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