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Mini-14 instead of AR15

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by snakeman, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. snakeman


    Jun 3, 2004
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    Wichita, Ks
    Mr. Ayoob,
    I am thinking of getting some kind of carbine for use on a ranch that I spend alot of time on. I am mostly concerned with coyotes and wild dogs but the human predator can pop up anywhere as well. Shots would be 250 yards and under. I am kind of on a strict budget and was thinking of getting a newer 580 series Mini-14 over an AR-15. Would this be a good option or should I just plan on saving several more months and getting an AR-15?

  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
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    Snakeman, I've never even had a coyote in my sights, so you may be asking the wrong guy. All I can tell you is, the Mini-14 is not generally as inaccurate as some have painted it, and recent production Mini-14s are more accurate than they used to be.

    Alternatives? Compare a new Mini to a good, used AR and see just where the budget is right now.

    If coyotes and feral dogs need to be eradicated right now, nailing a bunch of them with a Mini that can be in your truck today or tomorrow beats heck out of letting them kill livestock for several months until the AR15 budget has been met, even if you have to pass up some of the longer shots. You can always trade in the Mini on an AR later.

    FWIW, the Ruger Mini-14 has been my patrol car rifle since 1993, and I've never felt a need to replace it with one of my AR15s.

    I'd suggest posting your question on the several other GATE forums that cover AR15, long range shooting, etc. for different opinions.

    Let us know what you decide on!