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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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Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas] #7178196
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Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas] #7178308
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That's a super nice rig, Scotty. I'm a little jealous. cheers


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Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas] #7178310
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Very nice rig cheers

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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
Re: Mini 14 Surprise [Re: scottfromdallas] #7178380
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Thank guys. Here is a pic of the 6.8. I've always been intrigued by a maple stock so...


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be interesting to see results at 100, had a couple, neither would shoot for chit


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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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Those ain't Tikkas.
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Great hog gun. Can you shave some lbs. off that trigger?

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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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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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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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I have owned and loved minis for years, I guess the Garand action, yep most were not tack drivers but a lot of fun to shoot. My newest is a series 581 Tactical I bought about 5 years ago. I've had a Redfield 2x7x33 on it before and shot 2"groups, not too bad. Got it open sights now, fixin to put a Vortex Strike Eagle on it next in 1x6x24...my 64 year old eyes still cant get used to the reticles it has, guess will try shooting with both eyes open.


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Originally Posted By: texaspatriot.308
I have owned and loved minis for years, I guess the Garand action, yep most were not tack drivers but a lot of fun to shoot. My newest is a series 581 Tactical I bought about 5 years ago. I've had a Redfield 2x7x33 on it before and shot 2"groups, not too bad. Got it open sights now, fixin to put a Vortex Strike Eagle on it next in 1x6x24...my 64 year old eyes still cant get used to the reticles it has, guess will try shooting with both eyes open.


Hell thats good enough for 99.9% of shooters.

Oops, I forgot... everybody here shoots 1/16 MOA with their custom bolt rig.


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Tactical Cowboy,

You are correct about expectations. Even with the latest series that supposedly addressed a lot of the accuracy issues, the design of the mini 14 isn't going to allow it to be a tack driver. When I bought it, I was just looking for about 2-3 MOA. It's perfect for coyote and pig patrol on my 40 acres in East Texas that is 75% mature hard woods. Shots are rarely over 50 yards and Ranch Rifle is light, compact, reliable and easy to carry.

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Minis have been way better accuracy wise for a good while and they've been OK with 5.56 pressure for a long time.

Speaking of pressure....that "55 Armageddon over 55 grains to TAC" load sounds pretty warm. hammer


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Originally Posted By: GasGuzzler


Speaking of pressure....that "55 Armageddon over 55 grains to TAC" load sounds pretty warm. hammer


oops. Yes, it was 25 grains of TAC. bang


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Took the Mini out today. It was wearing a Nitrex 1.5-4.5X.

Shot this group at 100 yards with Federal T556TNB1 ammo which is a 62 grain OTM with solid base. Supposed to have really great terminal performance. I've never had a Mini 14 do this. The trigger is wearing in and it's down to about 6 lbs.



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Even at 6 pounds, surely thereís something that can be done, unless youíre not comfortable doing so. Maybe just a clean/polish/lube?

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Looks like itís shooting pretty good. Iíd definitely have some work done to the trigger.


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