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Old 08-15-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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I need some expert advice! (or opinions)

I'm considering a Ruger Mini 30 Tactical rifle for bench-rest, long range shooting: 200-300 yds.

Anyone have experience in the overall accuracy with a Ruger mini?

New model? 6.8spc?

or an AR RIFLE? Caliber?

I'm looking and shopping AGAIN!!!!! ( Can u believe it???)

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Old 08-15-2011, 01:02 AM   #2
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For bench rest, mini is a no go

the most accurate mini, wont even be close to an average ar, ive had 3 mini 14s, new and old, and a mini 30, very reliable but accuracy isnt for bench

Dmps 308. would be great for bench
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:05 AM   #3
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^^Agreed^^ 100%
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:14 AM   #4
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For same price range pick up a s&w m&p15 sport. Slap a low pro gas block $20 and a free float tube $35 and you will drive nails at 200+. Mine is sub moa 3 shots at 100yds with a eotech 1x holo sight. No telling what it will do with a scope.

Other option is a LR308 or AR10 plat form but thats more money.
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Old 08-15-2011, 03:03 AM   #5
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There are very few auto loading rifle suitable for bench shooting. A good AR-15 or AR-10 are pretty much your only option in getting a decently accurate mag fed auto loading rifle.

A mini is NOT a bench rifle.

What is your price range? Its possible to build a pretty darn accurate AR-15 for around $800 minus optics.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:09 AM   #6
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You keep saying you want a benchgun, what is your definition of a benchgun. Why not go get a bolt action and leave the semi alone? If you are wanting tight groups MOST semi are not going to acheive that, what kind of groups are you trying to achieve?

This is a benchrest rifle. If this is something you might be interested in let me know as Im fixin to post one for sale.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:11 AM   #7
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Do your homework this time. NO military grade rifle is a "bench gun". Especially the rougher ones. NO -->AK's ,SKS's,AR's,or ANY of the older bolt guns,even US military.

As stated above,wondering what your definition of a "bench rest,long-range shooting" gun ?? Why do you seem to be stuck on a simi-auto ?? Sprayin' and prayin' ain't bench rest. Bustin' clods in some out of the way dirt pit,ain't benchrest.

The above opinions should be taken seriously. NO Mini's. Have owned 'em,own 'em now,they are great for what they were designed to do. Which was not a benchrest style of shooting. Even in 6.8SPC. Forget that caliber,even in a bolt gun.

I'd better stop right there. Will be most happy to add my $.03 worth of advice but.......info in,info out. Start by giving us YOUR definition of a benchrest/300yd gun.

As stated in my above,not trying to belittle you,simply stating some facts and trying to pull out some info in order to try to help. --- SAWMAN
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:28 AM   #8
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I wouldn't suggest that a Mini 30 would qualify as a "Bench Rifle" but the term "Bench Rifle" might mean something to you that is different than what I would expect of a "Bench Rifle".

Great West Gunsmithing has a following of shooters that prefer Mini 14's and Mini 30's, and they have become very good a tightening up the rifles ability, more or less accurizing them. I have a buddy that deer hunts with a Mini 30 and is good out to a distance that I would be uncomfortable shooting any autoloader and he had his Mini 30 tricked out by Great West. I understand they are expensive, but worth every cent.

Good Luck, and please post your results, I am interested.

Go to www.greatwestgunsmithing.com

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Does this one come with a set of wheels??? (LOL!)

When I said "bench-rest rifle" I mean something that will consistently shoot 1-2 inch groups out to two hundred yards...Sorry for not being clear about that!

My last deer hunting rifle I had up north was a new Rem 70 adl .308 cal. that would hit a dime at 100 yards from the bench, every time....out of the box! It even got boring!

The AR15 I had in Bien Hoa, Nam would hit a 1 inch paper cup off-hand at 100 yds... I would give demonstrations at the range with it. I guess the newer versions should do better.

I guess an M&P AR might be something to look at!?

Thanks for all the comments! I really appreciate it!
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:51 AM   #10
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I was at the last gun show, talking to a gunsmith, and he said he sent all his M&Ps back to the distr. because of problems!?

Is yours OK and what is the story, if there is one! I am considering....
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