Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

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Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by Spookle » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:54 pm

I purchased the Mini 14 a couple months ago and haven't used it then. Don't ask why :lol: Anyways, I need a scope dedicated for hunting animals like squirrels. I'm leaning towards the Nikon 8496 P-233 3x32 BDC. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by Caustic Burno » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:24 pm

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by slick4591 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:54 pm

I'm an owner of a mini 14 and would never think about shooting squirrel with one. Get you a smaller caliber for that.
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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by ga.prime » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:36 pm

Extreme squirrel hunter.
where'd it come from, how'd it get there?

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by jltrent » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:41 pm

I have one with the thin barrel that is a few years old. It has a nice action, but hitting a plate at 100 yards is about it.

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by Atimm693 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:36 pm

No kidding. 223 will pretty much vaporize a squirrel, and your eardrums.

I have a Savage Bmag in .17 WSM. Bullets are pretty cheap, it's not super loud, and it's big enough to take a yote if the need arises. Plus it's a tack driver.

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by SALTBRANCH2 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:48 pm

I agree that 223 is way over kill. I have always used 22 shorts or LR. Heck a 410 will do the job just as well to

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by 5S Cattle » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:03 pm

Good luck finding one accurate enough to hit a squirrel. That weapon platform is a pos

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by Brute 23 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:09 am

5S Cattle wrote:Good luck finding one accurate enough to hit a squirrel. That weapon platform is a pos


Old ones were pretty rough but the new ones are significantly better. The action is very dependable though.

Im not a .223/.556 fan so Ive never had much interest in the mini 14. I do have a mini 30 on the list.
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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by Caustic Burno » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:07 am

Brute 23 wrote:
5S Cattle wrote:Good luck finding one accurate enough to hit a squirrel. That weapon platform is a pos


Old ones were pretty rough but the new ones are significantly better. The action is very dependable though.

Im not a .223/.556 fan so Ive never had much interest in the mini 14. I do have a mini 30 on the list.



Mine will punch holes in a clover leaf at 100. It’s one of the newer 582 series since Ruger retooled.
Now that is sitting in a Caldwell lead sled with a good Vortex scope on it.
As far as a weapons platform it’s modeled after the one we defeated the world with.
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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by jltrent » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:17 am

Caustic Burno wrote:
Brute 23 wrote:
5S Cattle wrote:Good luck finding one accurate enough to hit a squirrel. That weapon platform is a pos


Old ones were pretty rough but the new ones are significantly better. The action is very dependable though.

Im not a .223/.556 fan so Ive never had much interest in the mini 14. I do have a mini 30 on the list.



Mine will punch holes in a clover leaf at 100. It’s one of the newer 582 series since Ruger retooled.
Now that is sitting in a Caldwell lead sled with a good Vortex scope on it.
As far as a weapons platform it’s modeled after the one we defeated the world with.


Yes, M1A (M14 select-fire) which was an upgrade from the M1 Garand thumb masher. The Mini has one of the sweetest actions I have ever shot. I waste ammo with it to just experience that smooth action. After market parts, add-ons unlike the AR are very expensive and very few. The AM mags are junk as you mite as well bit the bullet and buy Ruger brand.

The M14 was heavy as lead so they made the lighter Mini and it has taken it until the 582 series to get it right.

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by 5S Cattle » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:46 pm

I’ve never shot one I wanted to own. What year did the good ones come out? I did like the action, though I remember some kind of funky bolt lock similar to the 10-22 I think

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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by greybeard » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:05 pm

jltrent wrote:
Caustic Burno wrote:
Brute 23 wrote:


The M14 was heavy as lead

Not really.
It's probably the finest combat rifle I ever used.
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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by Caustic Burno » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:21 pm

SALTBRANCH2 wrote:I agree that 223 is way over kill. I have always used 22 shorts or LR. Heck a 410 will do the job just as well to


I don’t use 22LR anymore too many houses out in the woods now to be shooting up in the air.
Stick with a Browning BPS in 16 or 28 gauge, most of the time the 28.
Use the 16 on deer and hogs.
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Re: Anyone hunt with the Mini 14?

Post by True Grit Farms » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:32 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:
SALTBRANCH2 wrote:I agree that 223 is way over kill. I have always used 22 shorts or LR. Heck a 410 will do the job just as well to


I don’t use 22LR anymore too many houses out in the woods now to be shooting up in the air.
Stick with a Browning BPS in 16 or 28 gauge, most of the time the 28.
Use the 16 on deer and hogs.

I hunt squirrels with a .177 pellet gun, one shot one kill. It's unbelievable how accurate and how hard a good pellet gun shoots. I'll kill more than a 100 squirrels again this year.
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