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Pro's, cons, advantages,disadvantages...

Lets hear some opinions.
 

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Id go with the Ar. You can do so much with it. Minis only like to be feed with factory mags which arent always the easiest to find. Theres a reason why Ars are the choice for some many people around the world.
 

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My mini would jam with wolf steel cased ammo, and wouldnt shoot that straight. Traded it and $160 for a dpms ar and would never go back. jmo
 

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If you want to mess around with it, AR.

If you want it to go "bang" every time, no matter what, Mini-14.

The AR has far more accuracy and customization potential, whereas the Ruger is more of an appliance.

Paul, Have you ever been prairie dog hunting? I have a bet/contest for you. Prime season is about to start in south dakota.
Lets bet a dollar per miss
Lets bet 5 dollars per jam
Are you game?
I have 3 ar15s
1 Les Baer
1 Colt
1 Stag
I have shot 500 rounds per day with only cleaning the barrel. Guess what I don't have any jams. So do you feel lucky?

Also to give you a chance. I have some old surplus wc-844 and wc-846 ball powder and thats what i'll load with.
 

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I had a mini-14 years ago. I always liked Ruger stuff. Had a bunch of three screw revolvers, 10-22's, bolt guns. But that mini just shot like shit. Get the barrel hot and it's over. They may have improved since then, but I don't know. All AR's after that.
 

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Sorry but those are ac 556s not mini's.
Same difference, more or less. Like AR-15/M-4...

Since its commercial introduction in 1973 the Ruger Mini-14 rifle found wide acceptance among both civilian shooters and a variety of police and security forces around the world. For government users, Ruger produced two specialized versions of the basic rifle - the Mini-14GB and AC-556. The former is still a semi-automatic only weapon, but is fitted with protected front sight, flash-hider and a bayonet lug. The latter is a selective-fired weapon, and thus can be classified as a true assault rifle. All weapons in the Mini-14 family share same basic design, although there are differences in certain parts; for example, AC-556 rifles had slightly longer receiver, which hosts the fire mode switch at its rear part.
 

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Paul, Have you ever been prairie dog hunting? I have a bet/contest for you. Prime season is about to start in south dakota.
Lets bet a dollar per miss
Lets bet 5 dollars per jam
Are you game?
I have 3 ar15s
1 Les Baer
1 Colt
1 Stag
I have shot 500 rounds per day with only cleaning the barrel. Guess what I don't have any jams. So do you feel lucky?

Also to give you a chance. I have some old surplus wc-844 and wc-846 ball powder and thats what i'll load with.
werd

mini's are about the worst shooting guns ever made.
 

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werd

mini's are about the worst shooting guns ever made.
Mine shoots fine. Never had a problem with it, but then again, I don't expect MOA accuracy out of a $700 semi-auto.

I don't know why the AR ballwashers get all upset about this. Yes, today's AR is a very reliable gun, despite dumping carbon all over the bolt, needing a "forward assist", and having a charging handle instead of a proper op rod. It's a far more refined platform than the Mini-14 will ever be, but then again, it needed to be.
 

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Mine shoots fine. Never had a problem with it, but then again, I don't expect MOA accuracy out of a $700 semi-auto.
Why not? I get 0.5MOA out of my $800 build all day long...

I get about 3-4 MOA out of my Saiga, and that'll work no matter what - even packed with the entrails of my slaughtered enemies as lubricant - and that thing was $269.

Using those two as a benchmark, the Mini doesn't graph well. in price vs performance, or price vs accuracy. I think it caters a a rather niche market that wants a wood-stocked (I know your Mini is the stainless/synthetic), more "traditional" rifle. Ruger knows that they have lost a metric crap ton of market share in the past decade, and have tried to improve the Mini's shortcomings, but with "traditional" turning into "old school," and modern advancements, I think the Minis spot in the lineup is rapidly shrinking.

Plus, factor in that Bill Ruger wasn't exactly a friend to civilian firearms rights...
 

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We went from Mini-14's to AR/M4 a few years ago. Me personally I never handled the Mini-14, but I am glad we got the M4 because of famaliarization.
 
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