Mini 14 Target Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by ovastafford, May 3, 2010.

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  1. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Anyone have any experience with the ruger mini 14 target rifles? They look pretty cool. Any info appreciated.
  2. milanuk

    milanuk Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    I agree; they look pretty nice. Actually the first version that they floated out there, with a laminate stock reminiscent of a McM A5 looked *really* sweet.

    Unfortunately, the Mini 14 platform doesn't have a very good reputation for accuracy. Skinny barrels of a questionable twist rate handicapped them for years, and even now when they have most of those issues sorted out... I'm not sure how consistent a gun with the barrel set up like that is going to be with the gas block touching the stock, etc. Most reports I've seen on 'accurized' Mini-14 rifles weren't much better than a stock AR-15 clone... and no where near what an AR with a good custom barrel, etc. could do. I haven't shot any of the new ones, so this may all have changed...?
  3. Kevin Thomas

    Kevin Thomas Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Got to agree with milanuk here, in a big way. "Ruger Target Rifle" is an oxymoron. Their reputation for accuracy is poor, they're not used for any serious form of competition, and their few forays into the competitive world have been disasterous. They made the rifles for the 1992 US Palma team, and LITERALLY couldn't give them away. The deal was, any of the US team members who shot the rifles in the match could keep them, free of charge. I think there was one team member who actually shot the rifle. The rest shot their own Palma rifles or LR guns and gave the Rugers back.

    You don't mention what sort of competition you're talking about here, but if a semi-auto 223 is competitive (or 6.5 Grendel, or any of several others that will run through an AR), go with the AR format. You'll be money ahead in the long run.

    Kevin Thomas
    Lapua USA