I'm thinking of getting a mini-14 some time in the future, but will it be affected by the weapons ban? If it will be, then I'm gonna get one sooner than I wanted to.
My old 1976 Mini was reliable with Ruger mags only. 5 and the 2-20 rounders I managed to get with the gun. Nothing else would fire more than 1 or 2 shots before a misfeed.Yes, it will be in the ban...no doubt about it.
Buy one and several hi-cap mags. The Minis being sold new these days come with Ruger factory 20 rounders. The newer Minis have thicker barrel and group MUCH better than my old Mini. In my experiences with my 180 Series and Dad's 195 Series Ranch Rifle...they are not match guns but are very reliable feeders. They're definately "minute of coyote" guns.
Some Minis run ok with aftermarket mags...some don't. Its a roll of the dice. I have a VERY early Mini-14 - a 1976 180 Series...yeah...an antique! It runs 100% with the Pro Mag 20 and 30 rounders and the composite Tapcos.
The Pro-Mag 20 rounders can be had at Academy for 17 bucks. That was the first one I tried and since it ran 100%...I bought more. Right now, I have 10 Pro Mag 30 rounders and 3 20 rounders. For 17 bucks its worth a try.
Again...some say their Mini will not run 100% with aftermarket mags but mine was fine with the Pro Mag an Tapcos. Other aftermarket mags might give it troubles, who knows.
Try one before buying more, but with the way prices and mag availibility is going...do it VERY soon.
The Mini-14 gets a bad rap by some, but as long as you're not expecting a match rifle and want to plink and not have an overly complicated or finicky gas operated 223...its not a bad choice.
almost certainly less unless you jacked up the 10/22 and tweaked the mini in a postive manner.Is a mini-14 less accurate than my 10/22 ?