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Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
« on: July 06, 2014, 02:25:15 am »
I've been wanting a 5.5" .44 Mag for a while now. Blackhawk or Super BH. And then I discovered the .45LC/.45ACP convertible Blackhawks. So that particular desire got a bit tweaked.

And today, I saw a Mossberg .223 that takes AR mags.

Now, I don't really shoot my Mini much, but I do want a .223 of some flavor.

So, should I sell the Mini and put the proceeds toward a .45LC/.45ACP Blackhawk I'll shoot more, or toward a .223 bolt gun that is really just for having should I ever get to hunt varmints?

I'm kinda leaning toward the .45 combo, and keep me eye out for a used .223 rifle later.

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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 02:55:38 am »
    If you would enjoy the Blackhawk more, the answer is simple...  Sell the Mini 14 to get it.

    On the other hand, the Mossberg MVP (am I right?) is less of what I would call a 'varmit' rifle, and more a 'ranch' rifle like the Mini 14 is.  So really, you would be 'stepping down' to a bolt gun from a semi, and gaining nothing but the ability to use AR mags...  I wouldn't do it...  To be sure, the Mossberg appeals to me - I just wouldn't trade the Mini to get one.

    Just be sure to advertise the Mini 14 here. ;)



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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #2 on: July 06, 2014, 08:39:12 am »
      I think ya better keep the Mini....they're fun guns and u don't realize it till they're gone....ask me how I know?  :cool
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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #3 on: July 06, 2014, 10:58:15 am »
    The .45LC/.45ACP Blackhawk or Vaquero is on my personal list. A close friend has a Vaquero in that with the interchangeable cylinder. In fact I think my nephew does too because his was the first .45LC I ever shot. The Blackhawk/Vaquero setup is hard to beat.

    That said, I love the Mini-14 and have two. They are fun and easy to operate. They are what I have set aside as starter long guns for my daughters. I am reluctant to part with any rifle but a 45LC/.45ACP might be worth it.
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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #4 on: July 06, 2014, 11:02:36 am »
    The Mini-14 doesn't really offer much over an AR, and there are also many other .223 options as well.   That being said, I'd probably keep it.   Just because I loved the A-Team so much.  :cool
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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #5 on: July 06, 2014, 12:58:20 pm »
    No.

    The Mini-14 is what it is, and ain't what it ain't. To me, it gets too much bad stuff.
    Born and raised in the South, the Mini-14, became a staple if you will, along with Win 94 in 30-30 and Win Mod 70 in '06.
    One always regrets getting rid of a firearm.

    It  is  a serious firearm for home/farm/ranch/business duty.

    I miss not having a Mini-14, bone stock.

    Re-think if you please, to get another firearm, and those in the future.

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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 01:22:15 pm »
    Well, it was a wild hair thought.

    Agreed on the "almost always regret selling a gun" sentiment.

    I've sold three, and actually don't regret any of them.  Well, almost.  I mildly regret selling the G17 to fund the LCR, but I just didn't shoot it well, and it was only ever going to be a range gun for me.  The other two?  Nope.  Cheap POJ .22 single-action with a hair trigger, and a .30-30 Win94 with a cross-threaded magazine plug screw.

    But yeah, I probably would regret selling the Mini-14.
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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014, 01:38:39 pm »
    Which flavor on Mini-14 do you have and what series?  Personally I love the older GB models and through the years I've owned quite a few of them.  The Ranch model comes with the Ruger rings but the regular Mini-14's receiver isn't milled for the Ruger rings and has a different rear sight.

    I had a .45ACP Bisley for a little while but I ended up getting rid of it as it just wasn't that accurate no matter what different ammo I used and I even tried to load something up just for it...but still no luck.  It was also very sensitive to bullet seating depth as there were some times that I couldn't get a round to fully seat in the cylinder.  It sure was a fun revolver though.





    I'm kinda in the same boat with you in a way as I'm thinking about getting rid of my Marlin 1894C .44 magnum lever rifle.  I like it but I really don't use it or really have a use for it and I'm thinking of replacing it with something that I can use.
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    « Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014, 03:56:03 pm »
    A Mini-14 is one of those odd guns that I have no desire to buy but I'd like to have. I say "no desire to buy", because by the time you pay for one, you're most of the way to a mid-tier AR, and the AR is better in every quantifiable way. But still, it is like a baby M14, with all of the coolness that comes along with that.

    I'd buy one of the price was right (cheap) and I knew that it was a fair shooter. The problem is that you usually don't see that combination.

    And, that said, if I owned one that was a fair shooter, I wouldn't sell it.

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    « Reply #9 on: July 06, 2014, 04:54:26 pm »
    Matt -  It's a 1983, stainless model with pretty wood.  183- series.  Came with a Sightron SI 3x9 scope on a B-Square mount (About $225 combined at the time if I'd bought them separately).  I've only shot it enough to get the scope zeroed.  I added a front sling swivel (which Ruger says you can't do) to be able to mount a bi-pod. 

    Mike - All told, I'm into it for less than $450, which is considerably less than any AR I've seen, never mind the mid-tier ones, especially when you factor in the additional cost for the scope and it's mount.



    Yeah, I think I'll probably keep it.



    Maybe I can hint real hard for the Ruger for my next birthday and anniversary combined.   ;)
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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #10 on: July 06, 2014, 05:13:30 pm »
    Yeah, I think I'll probably keep it.

    Good.  I have two mini-14s and, though I much prefer lever and bolt-action rifles over semi-autos, both are on my list of guns I am very unlikely to ever sell.

    OTOH, I already have a Blackhawk with the 45 ACP and 45 LC cylinders and I can agree it is a powerful temptation.
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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #11 on: July 06, 2014, 05:16:33 pm »
      Keep the Mini-14. Just excerise some discipline, save money, then buy the Blackhawk in .45LC/.45ACP. Then you'll have what you really want and need.
      My son has a Blackhawk, 5.5" in .45LC/.45ACP...It is an awesome pistol!! Unbelievably accurate, powerful, yet gentle to shoot!!!! He's killed several ground hogs with it.
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    « Reply #12 on: July 06, 2014, 06:07:10 pm »
    Keep the mini-14....some time in the future it may be next to impossible to get a semi auto rifle while your prospects of a revolver purchase may be much better

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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #13 on: July 06, 2014, 06:59:54 pm »
    If you are even having this thought of getting rid of the Mini-14 - then just do it.  You are obviously not enjoying it to it's fullest - so go ahead and ditch it and get something you will enjoy. 
    The Mini's wonky accuracy and proprietary magazines... Feh... go ahead and get something better.
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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #14 on: July 06, 2014, 07:35:23 pm »
    I'll wimp out and say that selling a gun you've had a long time for something you really want is too personal a decision (at least for me) to advise someone else on.  Only you can decide.

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    Re: Should I get rid of my Mini-14?
    « Reply #15 on: August 19, 2014, 02:45:11 pm »
    My wife is AWESOME !!!

    Our anniversary was earlier this month.  While at our local purveyor of fine new and used implements of turning money into noise and smoke, she told me to order what I had been talking about.  I immediately told the owner "Ruger Blackhawk, .45 convertible, 5.5" barrel, stainless if possible".  She said "I didn't understand a single bit of that."  To which he replied "Oh, I understood every word."

    I've had it for a couple of weeks now, but just finally got to shoot it a couple of days ago, and with only some .45ACPs that were loaded to 1911 pressures, since I don't have any LC ammo for it.  Yet.

    It was wonderful!  48 rounds or so sighting it in and making big holes in paper, then I moved over to another bench where I'd previously put a couple of milk jugs out at 75 yards.  Held dead on and the first shot caused a nice big leak out the side of the jug.  I hit it one more time out of the first six, but I expect that to get better as I shoot it more.

    When next I get the pot fired back up I'll cast some 250-260gr LC bullets, as well as some 200-230gr bullets to load hot for the ACP cylinder.  My sizing die came in yesterday, and I'm picking up the carbide reloading dies this evening.

    If I get them loaded before deer season, I may even carry it along with the '06.

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