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Ruger 5846 Mini-14 20+1 223REM/5.56NATO 16.12"
by Mike H Date Added: 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! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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