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Is a mini-14 target model an accurate gun. I am looking for a coyote gun and I want to know if it is a lot better than a mini-14 ranch rifle, and is it comparable to other semi-auto rifles in accuracy? Thanks

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

From what I have read, the mini 14s are not very accurate. I'm sure it will get you a coyote within reasonable range, but for about the same price you can get an entry level AR 15.

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Bad gun check many prior posts. There are many better choices for the price.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

The target version of the mini 14 is pretty good as far as a mini 14 goes. But if you are going to shell out $850 for a rifle why not make it a great one instead. the Remington R-15 is around $950 and is about as accurate a varmint gun you'll find in a semi-auto. You can put together a number of AR platforms for under what a Target Mini will cost you with the options to change out barrels and uppers in different calibers. The Target Mini from what I have seen on the range and field is by no means a great find. Ruger also has a AR sytle rifle out as well. Save yourself the agravation and but an AR platform

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Buy the Remington R-15 instead. I couldn't get rid of the Mini 14 I had fast enough. I didn't want anyone seeing me with it and know that I had bought one.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

You would have to pay me to have one, then I would use it to bat rocks with!

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

The Ruger 14 is JUNK...for the same Money look to a used Winchester Mod 100-243W..or Rem R-15.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

There are two schools of thought regarding the Mini-14; those who have a relatively accurate one, will swear by it. Those who don't will swear at it. My experience with the Mini-14 has been that of a good utility rifle. I didn't expect (and didn't get) more accuracy that I expect from my Winchester Model 94. The Mini-14 functioned reliably, and forced pests to keep a low profile, but it wasn't really a varminter. Now, I did not have the target model, but I enjoyed shooting it and it was a handy piece of equipment. I should add, the accuracy of the Mini-14 can be improved, and there are people who specialize in that. The Mini-14 is ruggedly constructed and a good utility piece, and if that fits your profile, purchase it and enjoy its reliability. If you want varmint accuracy, I'd encourage another choice...and good suggestions have already been made.

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from shane wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I've also wondered if the target model is significantly more accurate.

No one has really answered the question, or seems to understand that this is a new and different version of the rifle.

archives.gunsandammo.com/content/targeting-mini?page=1

I found another review, but it seemed too good. Guy was already a fan of Mini 14s.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I wouldn't use it either. My Bushmaster Varminter shoots .25 MOA at 3450 fps. I got it used for $750. You can find ARs at your price range and most of them shoot. I would still prefer to take one accurate shot than 20 bad ones. However, if you happen to miss or there are several coyotes in range, the ARs are ready for the next shot before the coyote travels ten feet.

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from Owe Faver wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The mini-14's made since 2009 or so now have a heavier, tapered barrel along with improved gas block. They now shoot 2 to 3 MOA. That's better than an AK and not as good as an m-4.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

There are two schools of thought regarding the Mini-14; those who have a relatively accurate one, will swear by it. Those who don't will swear at it. My experience with the Mini-14 has been that of a good utility rifle. I didn't expect (and didn't get) more accuracy that I expect from my Winchester Model 94. The Mini-14 functioned reliably, and forced pests to keep a low profile, but it wasn't really a varminter. Now, I did not have the target model, but I enjoyed shooting it and it was a handy piece of equipment. I should add, the accuracy of the Mini-14 can be improved, and there are people who specialize in that. The Mini-14 is ruggedly constructed and a good utility piece, and if that fits your profile, purchase it and enjoy its reliability. If you want varmint accuracy, I'd encourage another choice...and good suggestions have already been made.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

The target version of the mini 14 is pretty good as far as a mini 14 goes. But if you are going to shell out $850 for a rifle why not make it a great one instead. the Remington R-15 is around $950 and is about as accurate a varmint gun you'll find in a semi-auto. You can put together a number of AR platforms for under what a Target Mini will cost you with the options to change out barrels and uppers in different calibers. The Target Mini from what I have seen on the range and field is by no means a great find. Ruger also has a AR sytle rifle out as well. Save yourself the agravation and but an AR platform

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

You would have to pay me to have one, then I would use it to bat rocks with!

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

The Ruger 14 is JUNK...for the same Money look to a used Winchester Mod 100-243W..or Rem R-15.

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from shane wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I've also wondered if the target model is significantly more accurate.

No one has really answered the question, or seems to understand that this is a new and different version of the rifle.

archives.gunsandammo.com/content/targeting-mini?page=1

I found another review, but it seemed too good. Guy was already a fan of Mini 14s.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I wouldn't use it either. My Bushmaster Varminter shoots .25 MOA at 3450 fps. I got it used for $750. You can find ARs at your price range and most of them shoot. I would still prefer to take one accurate shot than 20 bad ones. However, if you happen to miss or there are several coyotes in range, the ARs are ready for the next shot before the coyote travels ten feet.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

From what I have read, the mini 14s are not very accurate. I'm sure it will get you a coyote within reasonable range, but for about the same price you can get an entry level AR 15.

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Bad gun check many prior posts. There are many better choices for the price.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Buy the Remington R-15 instead. I couldn't get rid of the Mini 14 I had fast enough. I didn't want anyone seeing me with it and know that I had bought one.

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from Owe Faver wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

The mini-14's made since 2009 or so now have a heavier, tapered barrel along with improved gas block. They now shoot 2 to 3 MOA. That's better than an AK and not as good as an m-4.

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