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Old January 5th, 2018, 04:04 PM #1
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Mini-14 vs. AR-15

I am sure that there are those among the members here, who have varying opinions on this subject. Why would a person want a Mini-14 over an AR?
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No idea. Anything a mini 14 can do an AR can do better. I have Two and gave up trying to push better accuracy out of it.
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You can dress a mini up all in wood. Very pretty. On both platforms, the limiting factor is me (offhand, irons, 12" steel target).

The AR posts tighter groups, but all rounds land on the plate, and I'm good with that.
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Because they're cool

I've now got both. I just wanted something different, and haven't added to my gun collection in quite awhile.

Here's a pretty good pro-video about them:





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There's pretty much no advantage to a Mini-14 now over an AR. Quality AR parts and mags can be sourced from numerous places. ARs can be lighter. A regular AR is very accurate as it is with the DI gas, but can be made more accurate with free float tubes. It's easier to stick optics on an AR.

The biggest difference is that AR mags are the most common rifle magazines available and are stupidly cheap. I wouldn't buy a 5.56 semi auto rifle that didn't take AR mags, just like I wouldn't buy a detachable mag, semi auto 7.62x39 rifle that didn't take AK mags.

For ban compliance, the Fightlite SCR is a better choice. Not only does it take mostly AR parts and mags, it's also a hair lighter than the Mini-14.
https://fightlite.com/collections/sc...s/ares-scr-010
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While I can't say this is from personal experience it is from a friend. When he went to rifle instructor school when we were both federal law enforcement officers, he took his AR-15. He said everyone in the class (this was in the early 1990s) used either a Colt AR-15 or a Ruger Mini-14. He said they did a great deal of shooting throughout the week and by the end of the week all the ARs were still working and everyone with a Mini wanted to wrap them around a pole due to malfunctions from the intense use. All he could say was the Colts were designed for heavy use and the Minis were designed for much lighter civilian use and couldn't take it.

Not my story but his. Things may be different now...there are many AR-15 clones produced now which may or may not stand up to the abuse.
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There's bad, there's good, and there's plenty good enough. All about what you want for what purpose.

Now given an either/or proposition, I'd personally go AR. But plenty of room for both, and I like both, plus a good .223 bolt or two. No, the Mini isn't going to be a tack driving bench rifle, but nor was it ever intended to be.
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AR's are cheaper, like Lego's when it come to modding, magazines are dirt cheap, more accurate (depends on shooter, ammo and barrel) and easier to maintain.

I have both, AR's scare some people, wood mini 14's not so much.

Get both.
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I have both, the ar's are more accurate. The mini is cool and mine has been reliable. I put a factory wood stock on mine, 16" barrel one with the flash hider. I didn't care for the synthetic one.

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