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I am getting pretty close to laying down some cash on a mini 14(.223) or 30 (7.62) I really like the gun but I have never really been into long guns mostly handguns noone I know has shot one so I have no experience with it. Can anyone here vouch for these guns, which one should I get? hows the accuracy and reliability?
 

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I have owned two, still have one. Accuracy is nothing to be proud of for sure, but a good plinking rifle. They are well made, easy to disassemble and reliable. There are many out there that simply hate it, but I suspect they were probably looking for a little more in the accuracy department. You might do better to find a friend who owns one and shoot it first to see how YOU like it.
 

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Like many other Ruger firearms, the mini 14 fills a marketing void. Solid, reliable, well made, and reasonably priced. Accuracy is probably not on a par with the AR, but neither is the price.
 

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Pay the extra money and get an AR-15 assuming you aren't in California......like me. A better and easier system to accurize.
 

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If you're getting a good deal, and don't need 1MOA, go for it. If you're paying retail or want good accuracy, you might, indeed, want to consider the AR-15 format.

The Mini-14 can be a really fun gun, but it's been my experience that you can get a lot better milage out of a Bushmaster.
 

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It shoots patterns not groups!
it can be accurized but it will cost more than an AR15. I say save some $$ and get an AR15. If you just want a plinking rifle that's cheap I'll recommend an sks or Ak. Both ammo and magazines are cheap and readily available. Accuracy is on par with the mini's but its a lot cheaper.
 

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Multiple postings...See Long Arms.
 
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