Originally Posted by Casper
Yeah, I was amazed after that one post. I think I ought to sell mine.
I always did like the minis but they used to have that barrel walk issue just like any other banded carbine. Not as bad though.
I always thought that a mini-14 variant might fit into the military like the M1 Carbine did. There is way less crap there compared to an M4, ammo is the same, you could insure the mags interchanged and put a folding stock on it.
I personally like my Mini-14. It sure is MUCH easier to clean over my AR-15.
But I like the aftermarket better on my AR-15. The newer 580 series Mini-14 shoots at the same grouping as the AR-15's now. To me its a give or take on what you want to do.
Mags are a big issue with the Mini-14 that I've found. The best Aftermarket Mags I've found that work, are the ProMag METAL 20rders. You'll have to fit them to your rifle though. You'll have to insert them into the gun, look at the feed lips to the groves into your bolt. If they touch, you'll have to tweek the lips so they go into the middle of the grooves. BUT I do wish they would have made the Mini-14 take AR-15 mags.
I like the Garand Platform on rifles (Mini-14/30, M1A/M14, Garand, M1 Carbine, Ruger 10/22).
One of these days I'll find a M1 Carbine within the price range I'm willing to pay. (Its hard for me to pay a lot for one since it will become a Gun Safe Space Taker. It just will complete my collection of the Garand Platform rifles).
Besides the M1 Carbine is more like a 357 in a rifle platform anyway. I doubt I'd ever use it for hunting. But I still shake my head at how much people want for these guns expecially with CMP releasing 10k of these into circulation.