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#7178174 - 05/23/18 07:59 PM Mini 14 Surprise
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I bought this for nostalgia. One of my first rifles was Ruger Ranch rife and I've owned several over the years including a 6.8 SPC version that I still own. I wanted a blued 223 Ranch with with a 18.5" barrel and a nice stock. I bought one and ordered a Boyds Platinum Stock for it in walnut. I have a Boyds stock on the 6.8 SPC and I really like the feel and proportions. When I picked up the rifle I was surprised to see they are now stamped 5.56 Nato on the receiver. I mounted a Nitrex 1.5-5X32 compact scope which is the same thing as a Weaver Grand Slam. I checked the two stage trigger ant it broke at 7lbs. When I headed to the range I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised.

I only shot at 50 yards the first time out but this target is 55 Nosler E Tip over 25 grains of TAC (left) and 55 Armageddon over 55 grains to TAC(right). Most ammo I tried shot about an inch at 50 yards.





This was a some fast shooting with various weights and loads I was trying to get rid of. Barrel was really hot but much better than I expected.



Here is the rifle.

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#7178196 - 05/23/18 08:28 PM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Nice
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Not sure if I'd call you a machine, but you are definitely a tool.

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#7178308 - 05/23/18 11:30 PM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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That's a super nice rig, Scotty. I'm a little jealous. cheers
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Haha yea I polished that thing for hours.

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#7178310 - 05/23/18 11:39 PM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Very nice rig cheers

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#7178321 - 05/24/18 12:02 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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(Cue A-team music)
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#7178331 - 05/24/18 12:31 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Uncle has that in a full auto, itís a frickin blast to shoot. Never shot a regular one
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Ever spit it out rather than swallow it?

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Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

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#7178380 - 05/24/18 06:39 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Thank guys. Here is a pic of the 6.8. I've always been intrigued by a maple stock so...



Edited by scottfromdallas (05/24/18 06:58 AM)
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#7178431 - 05/24/18 07:35 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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be interesting to see results at 100, had a couple, neither would shoot for chit
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#7178443 - 05/24/18 07:51 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Just traded one off for a side image fish finder that I had for two years and never fired it. Nice feeling little rifle though.
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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.

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#7178456 - 05/24/18 08:06 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Those look great, Scott! up
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#7178468 - 05/24/18 08:13 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Those ain't Tikkas.
wtf
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#7178692 - 05/24/18 11:25 AM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Great hog gun. Can you shave some lbs. off that trigger?

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#7178950 - 05/24/18 03:29 PM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I think the trigger will lighten up. If not, I can send the trigger pack away and have it worked. I did that with the he 6.8 and itís a 3.5 lb 2 stage.
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#7178999 - 05/24/18 04:20 PM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: colt45]
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Originally Posted By: colt45
be interesting to see results at 100, had a couple, neither would shoot for chit


Same here. I had one from the 70's. I know those had accuracy problems but I thought Ruger cleaned up the later versions. They were never meant to be paper punchers though. I wouldn't mind having another one.

That's a nice looking rifle, OP.

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#7179243 - 05/24/18 09:01 PM Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I've had probably 6 over the years and this latest one already is the most accurate. I lucked out. I didn't get any of your typical mini flyers the first time out.
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