View Full Version : Considering buying a Mini 14 - Dependability?
I am thinking about purchasing a Ruger Mini 14 223 rifle. For those of you that own the newer models, has the rifle been very reliable for you? Is the rifle very rugged, and do the parts hold up to many rounds of standard ammo? Any issues with the firing pin breaking very easily? Thanks for your response.
Not the most accurate rifle out there, but very rugged. I seriously doubt you'll ever break anything.
Mine, which is one of the newer design 581 series, has been rock solid on dependability. I will admit that it's not the most accurate .223 you could buy, but it hits what I shoot at and I'm not looking for MOA type of performance, so it works for me. I don't baby mine and nothing has broken yet...
Thank you for your replies. I did some research on the Mini 14, and it appears the firing pin breakage is due to cheap ammo with hard primers. I plan on buying some in the fugure. Regards!
One thing to keep in mind with the Ruger Mini 14, if the firing pin is broken, it has to go back to the factory for replacement.
I am still undecided on what to purchase.The Colt AR15 looks interesting as well as the PTR91 rifle. I'm still doing research and saving my money.
After some more research, I am going with the Ruger Mini 14. Thanks for your comments.
I've had mine for fourteen or fifteen years now; a stainless model with a synthetic stock. No issues at all. It's not a precision target rifle, but It's great for a small, light carbine that can be tossed in the back of a truck. No issues.
I have one of the newer designs in satin stainless steel w/ wood stock; I have a few hundred rounds thru it; I'm not looking for ultra accuracy...I can keep 30 rounds @ 50 yards open sights within a 3" circle (Federal American Eagle .223 Rem 55gr fmj) and I haven't had to adjust the sights one bit;
over the course of my 12 year 'shooting' hobby I have owned 3 different Ar-15's from 3 different manufacturers and I had trouble with all of them...not one lick of trouble from the Ruger...it is dependable enough for me!
Not many guns or people can shoot to Minute of angle especially if you push it out a couple hundred yards. Point of aim is all most should be concerned with. If you can hit what you are aiming at, what more do you want from a gun that is less than a grand?
They are fun to shoot and hold up well, I say go for it.
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