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Ruger 5846 Mini-14 20+1 223REM/5.56NATO 16.12" Reviews

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64 Reviews. Average Rating:    4.8 of 5 Stars!
5 stars:
85% (54 of 64)
4 stars:
13% (8 of 64)
3 stars:
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by Mike H Monday 24 December, 2012
This weapon is very accurate out to 200 yds. For those making comparisons to ARs and claiming the Mini 14 is inferior in accuracy, get over yourselves. I was a 6 time rifle expert with my M-16 in the Marines, so I know the AR is very accurate. But for what I bought this for (SHTF scenario) this rifle is PERFECT! Although the AR/M-16 platform is very easy to breakdown and clean and the Mini 14 is more difficult, I still give the nod to the Mini in a SHTF situation. Why? You MUST keep the ARs clean to cycle properly. On the other hand, the Mini 14 is a beast of burden. I have, on many occasions, put well over 300 rounds thru before cleaning. So far the most I have run through between cleanings is 750ish, and I still had no FTF/FTEs. Conversely my Colt AR record is 240 rnds before FTF/FTEs. The Mini 14 is an excellent battle rifle. If you want to argue accuracy at distances beyond 200 yds the AR is the better choice. But I would also argue that if I want to reach out past 200, I will reach for my Savage 111 in 338 Lapua. PS. The factory 20 round mags are the way to go. 30s are a tad finicky without adjusting spring tension. Stay away from after market junk.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Benjamin M Wednesday 19 December, 2012
I have yet to take her to a range. I gave it a good once over and everything seemed in place. The adjustable stock is a VERY nice touch if you're tall and burly, it's actually got 5 positions, not standard 4. The folding feature is good for a backpacking weapon (if you odn't mind the weight), and there are swivel stud options out the wazoo. Seriously, about every other surface seems to have somewhere to mount a sling or securing strap. The rocking magazine takes a little getting used to, but it loads .223 as easily as an AR mag does. Same deal, just push down and they click right in. The sights...oh the sights. The ATI model's top rail SERIOUSLY limits your peripheral vision when looking down the sights. I suggest colorizing that front blade also, for contrast. The grip feels great, with one caveat: The polymer that your thumb webbing hits was a little sharp on mine, so it scratched my shooting hand up good. Will have to file that down a bit. Trigger pull is crisp, feels about 4-5 pounds, pretty standard. The safety is excellent too! M1 style, located on the left side of the trigger guard, easy access and positive retention. When you work that bolt, though, REALLY gotta man handle it. Same with getting a mag out. Smack that release and let it fall (or rock it out the way it came if you're not into dropping mags). Overall, the craftsmanship on the rifle and the stock appear to be excellent, and sturdy. Sure, it's ugly as hell. But it seems to be a squared away firearm. I will post a follow up after some range time with her. -B

Rating:     4 of 5 Stars!
by Elias V Sunday 09 December, 2012
Great gun at a great price. Very versatile.

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Charles G Friday 07 December, 2012
I ordered this rifle Monday and received it at my local FFL on Friday. Rifle is brand new and exactly what was posted on Bud's. This is my second weapon ive owned with an ATI stock and so far both seem solid and reliable. The cheek rest piece seems well designed and well mounted but also seems to be made of thin cheap plastic. Other than that these ATI stocks are perfect for tactical rifles. The other ATI stock on my SKS was put on by me wasnt the easiest thing and it took slight modification but once the ATI stock was on place i found it very solid. This weapon was 8 lbs as stated and still has factory preservants and oils on it. 2 mags bought seperate were both maufactured by Ruger and fit very well. Heard not to buy the cheap ones and decided to listen and not take the chance. Strong spring gives that powerful chambering Minis are popular for. The tri-rail located on the bottom front is short like the ones on the sides. The top is much longer allowing a quick aim system. At the rear and front of the chamber lies 2 grooves for the 1 inch mounting rings that come with the rifle. It allows a scope to be mounted directly above the chamber. I plan on putting a mil-dot scope there because of the supposed accuracy of this rifle, which i have yet to fire. The tri-rail on the bottom front couldve easily been designed to come back as far as the one located on the top. This wouldve given the option to put my forward handgrip / bipod much closer to the mag (the center of the rifle) where it would be more balanced and give the shooter more support. You couldnt put it too far back though because these mags are "rock into place" style mags. which means you need a little more room in front of your magazine well to rock the mag from front to back where it locks in place as seen in the picture. Grip is amazing as with all ATI stocks. And with the garand style safety conviniently placed at the front of he trigger guard the shooter will not be required to change their grip while turning the safety off. The 0-2 style sights that come on it seem well made and effective but limit your peripheril view slightly. This is due to the long tri-rail on the front top of the rifle. Mine came with a Muzzle Brake which was unexpected because it is advertised in the photo. Nice surprise but now i have to send the one i bought on eBAy back. Overall looks like its gonna be a great addition to the safe. I bought this rifle to accompany my bugout gear, so im excited to receive and apply the accessories i bought with it (which include red dot laser, mil-dot scope, forward handgrp/bipod, and Surefire Flashlight) sounds like alot but i dont like the dark ;) ohh and when folded it is much much shorter than my M-4 totally collapsed which is a good selling point. Very satisfied and impressed with this machine! cant wait to learn to field strip it, get all the Preservatant out, and take it to the range. Thanks Bud's!!!

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Jason G Thursday 18 October, 2012
I tried to sleep with this thing the first night I got it. My wife said no......This thing is superb and at a great price!

Rating:     5 of 5 Stars!
by Jared P Monday 15 October, 2012
This rifle proves why Ruger is one of the top names in firearms. Not only does this rifle look menacing, it shoots beautifully. Right out of the box it was dead accurate. I used the included curved 20 round mag as well as an aftermarket straight 20 round mag and had no issues with either. If you are looking for a low cost .223, this is the way to go. The only reason I didn't give it top marks is because the sights are really low and it took some time to get used to them. But once I got my sight picture, it was smooth sailing from there.

Rating:     4 of 5 Stars!
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