Originally Posted by bowhunthard
Thanks. What are the advantages of an AR-15 style rifle over the mini-14? I've heard some feeding problems with certain ammo in the AR.
By the way, I would be handloading.
The AR-15 is like the LEGO gun; you can attach all kinds of things to it. The design is way more inherently accurate, and the ergonomics are superior. Plus, if you decide you want to change calibers, you just put another upper on your frame and go shooting.
The Mini-14 has a well-deserved reputation for being inaccurate. Reliability was never an issue, but Ruger seemed to cater this rifle to the people who go by the "If you can't shoot well, shoot a lot!" philosophy. I don't know about this latest incarnation, but I've never encountered a Mini-14 that would shoot under 3 inches at 100 yards. There is some outfit that reworks them into some semblance of an accurate rifle but for the money you could buy an AR-15 that works out of the box and go shooting.
Obviously I'm biased, but the bias was born of experience.