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I am thinking about buying a mini 14, something just to shoot around the house. I hear the 580 series mini is a lot more accurate than the previous models due to manufactoring tolerances. I would like the rifle to at least be under 2" MOA @ 100 yards. Anyone own one or have any oppinions on it?
 

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I can get about 2-3" at 100 UNTIL the barrel starts to heat-up .... then it will spread to 4-5" with an occasional flyer.

I do not know much about the new ones except they are reported to be a little better due to a stiffer/heavier barrel. I think the real problem with mine is the barrel harmonics. When it gets hot, it flexes and accuracy suffers. Just make sure it has a heavy barrel and not the pencil thin barrel used on the older models.

I really like the weapon - its looks, handling, and operation. However, if you can't trust your life to it, it is of little use to me. I have got one more thing to try. I am going to add a barrel support and see if I can reduce the flexing. A task that is not at the top of my "to do list" right now.

Let us know what you decide!!
 

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Just have someone stand over you with a bucket of water and keep firing.....

They were used in the series the A-team on TV...Yeah I know its TV

Hannibal and BA (Mr T) never hit jack with em either.

From what I remember the Mini-14 came dangerously close to becoming our service rifle to replace the M1 Garand....boy I aint sure about that one...M16 had its problems also but they got corrected after a few body bags
 
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