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Old 11-13-2012, 10:01 AM
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Default Scope suggestions for Mini 14?

I'm putting a Mini 14 ranch rifle in jail tomorrow. In the coming weeks I'd like to find a decent scope that's in my budget ($200 max) good for target shooting at 100 yards.

I've never had a rifle with a scope before so I'm looking for suggestions or things to look for when choosing one.


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Old 11-13-2012, 7:51 PM
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Depends on what you really want to hit. You can pick up decent 3x9s like a redfield for under $200 or if looking for a low power scope the weaver V # for about 150. Also look at nikon or burris.
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Old 11-13-2012, 7:54 PM
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Maybe a nice Scout model.
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On a Mini-14 I wouldnt put anything more on it than a Redfield 2-7x or something similar. They are not the most accurate rifles, so you are looking in the right price range @ sub $200.
There is a million threads on cheap scopes. I'll sum it up for you. There are 2 types of cheap scopes.
1] is a cheap POS from a company that ONLY makes Cheap Crap.
2] is a lower end scope from a company that also makes nicer higher end stuff as well
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Old 11-13-2012, 8:40 PM
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I'll sum it up for you. There are 2 types of cheap scopes.
1] is a cheap POS from a company that ONLY makes Cheap Crap.
2] is a lower end scope from a company that also makes nicer higher end stuff as well

I'm definitely looking for option 2 recommendations!
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I'm definitely looking for option 2 recommendations!
Redfield (made by Leupold) or a lower end Leupold like a VX-1
Lower end Bushnell, Nikon, Weaver, Vortex, are all good companies that have scopes in your budget. You dont need a lot of magnification to shoot 100yds. Some guys are just Magnification junkies though. Maybe look into a fixed power scope like a fixed 3x or 4x
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I'm looking for a scope for my mini 14 and I've pretty much settled on the Weaver Tactical Grand Slam 3-10x40 from Midway USA for $299. It's a 1" tube so you can use the factory high scope rings from Ruger. Plus it has a mil dot reticle and .1 mil turrets. I've heard that Mini 14s are rough on scopes so I would not go too cheap.
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This is best bang for your buck they track true, good glass and are FFP a big advantage for ranging targets at any magnification

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary_...pa4-14xffp.htm

These are cost a bit more but are great
https://www.primaryarms.com/Nikon_M2...e_p/nk8487.htm

Also have u thought about a red dot?
100 yards is close might want to think about this

https://www.primaryarms.com/Bushnell...p/bs731303.htm

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Old 11-14-2012, 7:16 PM
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I like top notch optics so with your budget my advice is either a Weaver V3 if you can find one or Weaver V10. The V3 is a 1-3x20 (see photo) and the V10 is a 2-10x38. V10 reviews

EDIT: LINK TO V3

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http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...rodID=WE849403

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The Redfield is a good choice. I put Weaver straight 4X on my Mini14 and 30 and they are fine. I got a good deal on the scopes when I bought the rifles and Redfield was not back in business under the Leupold company at the time. You would be fine with a straight 4X or if you like a 2X7 or even a 3X9.
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I don't like scopes on a mini 14. You have to use the special Ruger rings and you can't get the bolt out with the scope on.

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I have a 3x9 on mine and it works great. Us I'm thinking of putting a forward rail on it and a scout type scope on it. Just for fun
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I forgot to mention that Minis are notoriously hard on scopes. There is a reverse impulse like an airgun that is murder on cheap scopes and tends to rattle the reticle loose on even good scopes.
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Did anyone mention a Burris Fullfield 3-9 yet.The bullet drop reticle worked pretty well on mine.They are made I believe in the Philipines and backed 100% by Burris.
Lately I have grown fond of the Nikon Buckmaster 3-9 with BDC reticle.I think Midway had them for about $179 plus shipping.Cabelas may have them on sale,and they have free shipping until Christmas.
I run a higher end Leupold on a Mini I picked up from a friend.It has some custom work done to it.I have experimented loading ammo for it and got it to 3/4" groups at 100 yds.
As others mentioned they are not tackdrivers as a rule.I have had maybe 6-7 pass through my hands over the years.Their reliability is second to none.I will be keeping the one I have now.
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Old 11-16-2012, 7:51 AM
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When I researched it I saw a lot of Nikon Prostaff's on Mini's so I went with that.
So far so good.
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Old 11-16-2012, 8:25 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'm compiling a list to research and hopefully Santa will drop one in my stocking
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:29 AM
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Just to mention Leupold currently has a $50 rebate on their "Mark AR" line of scopes. Until Dec 31, 2012.
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Old 11-16-2012, 9:44 PM
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Millet DMS 1-4, Burris XTR 1-4, Simmons Diamond Pro Slug scope 1.5-5.
Leupold, Weaver. I have had the Millet, Simmons and Leupold 2-7 all on my 2 Mini's.
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Redfield Revolution 2-7x32 Optic Planet $140 after rebates.
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