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Mini 30 or AK?

Discussion in 'Ruger Club' started by beaversgs, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. beaversgs

    beaversgs

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    Considering buying something in 7.62 X 39. I've always liked the Ruger Mini's, but with my AR, couldn't justify the Mini 14. Being one to buy American when I can, I'm leaning toward the Mini 30 over the AK. Also, found a used Mini 30 in a Ram Line aftermarket folding stock for $425 cash, no mags. Sounds like a good deal, is there anything I should be worried about on this? I know mags aren't that cheap or readily available. Is the Mini 30 as reliable and accurate as the AK? I'm thinking it might be more accurate, having seen an excellent shooter try to hit torso sized steel plates at 150-300 yards. The AK just wasn't up to the task. I know it wasn't the shooter.

    Your thoughts?

    GregB
     

  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    First off, while the AK is a fine platform for what it is, I will not own one.

    I have a 581- series Mini 30 in a Clyde Armory SCAR stock.
    Love it!


    [​IMG]
     
  3. beaversgs

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    If you don't mind me asking, how readily available is the stock? Price? As for an AK, what's a "good one" and what's it cost?

    Thanks,

    GregB
     
  4. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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  5. Markasaurus

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    i have a mini 14. after only 100 rounds Im not impressed by the accuracy. and it jams. Also you can't get parts.

    I'd go with the AK. (But since i already have a shetload of 5.56 i'd spend another $300 for an Ar and skip the mini)
     
  6. hk_shootr

    hk_shootr NRA Life member

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    What mags are you using?
    Ammo?
    What accuracy are you getting?
    A Mini normally shoots about 4" at 100m
     
  7. Mjames

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    Get the new factory 20 round mini 30 mags from cdnn. 24.95 i think. and you are good to go. most jamming problems with these rifles are from crappy mags. also go to www.perfectunion.com for any other questions on minis.

    Mike
     
  8. wingspar

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    I have a Mini-14, and it’s a jamomatic. It’s brand new. I replaced the extractor and the extractor plunger. Haven’t had a chance to shoot it since replacing the parts. If that doesn’t fix the problem, it’s going back to Ruger. My experience is rare tho.

    I have a Romanian WASR 10/63, and I love it. Goes bang every time, and I can field strip and reassemble the AK at least 15 times in the time it takes just to reassemble the Mini-14. Ammo is about half the cost of .223/5.56.
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2010
  9. beaversgs

    beaversgs

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    Folk I'd love to hear input on the 30 vs. the AK. I've got an AR and don't have any plans to buy a 14.

    Thanks,

    GregB
     
  10. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

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    I'm a day late and a dollar short to this thread, I know, but I just bought a Mini 30 over the weekend.

    It seems a lot..."smoother" shooting than my SKS and an AK. Mine seems to function fine except for a few hang-ups but I think these were due to the mags.


    However it is strongly recommended that you do not shoot Eastern Bloc surplus/Berdan primed ammo in a Mini 30 because it will break the firing pin, which is next to impossible to replace without sending the entire gun back to Ruger :upeyes:

    Had I known this prior to, I would NOT have purchased the rifle.

    I hate to say it, but my suggestion would be for an AK at this time. I am about to give up on Ruger (I also have a Mini 14 that has "issues").
     
  11. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    If you plan on engaging targets out to 300 yards get a battle rifle, for shorter range get an AK
    Regards
    DW