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Considering buying a Mini 14 - Dependability?

Discussion in 'Ruger Club' started by Rugar Fan, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Rugar Fan

    Rugar Fan

    Dec 25, 2011
    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.
  2. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    Not the most accurate rifle out there, but very rugged. I seriously doubt you'll ever break anything.

  3. comp^2


    Mar 26, 2008
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  4. TX expat

    TX expat

    Dec 26, 2011
    KC MO
    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...
  5. Rugar Fan

    Rugar Fan

    Dec 25, 2011
    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!
  6. Kaybe


    Sep 30, 2009
    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.
  7. Rugar Fan

    Rugar Fan

    Dec 25, 2011
    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.
  8. Rugar Fan

    Rugar Fan

    Dec 25, 2011
    After some more research, I am going with the Ruger Mini 14. Thanks for your comments.
  9. sns3guppy


    Sep 4, 2006
    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.
  10. kmrcstintn


    Apr 16, 2002
    Hershey, PA
    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 is dependable enough for me!
  11. Pecos Bill

    Pecos Bill

    Aug 20, 2010
    West Michigan
    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.