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I was looking at a used mini-14 today and trying to get an idea of what they are worth and how they shoot. This one was in pretty shape with a 3-9 Bell scope on it, what are these worth used?

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Go to one of the gun auction/store sites like gunbroker and see what used ones are selling for.

You have to be careful with guns like the mini-14 because people tend to shoot a lot of rounds through them.

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I had a mini 14 around 10yrs ago, I sold the rifle to a friend because I could never get that thing to group on paper. I had a nice leupold scope mounted on it, and I shot all diffrent types of 223 ammo and she still could not group. I guess Ruger makes them with heavy barrels now, withch sounds like a step in the right direction. I do like the feel of the rifle, It seems like a very handy little package, light and easy to piont and hold. Just wish mine shot better.

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ELK-AHOLIC wrote:
I had a mini 14 around 10yrs ago, I sold the rifle to a friend because I could never get that thing to group on paper. I had a nice leupold scope mounted on it, and I shot all diffrent types of 223 ammo and she still could not group. I guess Ruger makes them with heavy barrels now, withch sounds like a step in the right direction. I do like the feel of the rifle, It seems like a very handy little package, light and easy to piont and hold. Just wish mine shot better.

+1 I had one for 2 days. It was the worst shooting gun I have ever owned. A total POS. Bought and AR and have never looked back.

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Figure out what they are worth brand new then start deducting $$ off depending on what you see with the gun. That should give you a good idea of a used price. What you need to do is ask yourself how you plan to use the rifle and what you plan to do with it.

I will say that the mini 14 was never designed and never intended to be sold as a tack driving precise rifle. So I would not expect that from it. I will say that the two that I've fired in the past were plenty accurate to hunt hogs and deer with out to 100 yrds. Though I personally would not ever chose or buy a mini 14 for hunting purposes.

The mini 14 was put on the market as a high capacity rugged ranch gun. Something designed to protect live stock and ranch animals from preditor, four legged or two legged type.

I think it's true what CVC says about people putting a lot of rounds through them. It's one of those inexpensive guns that people buy and shoot just to get their gun off.

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Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
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Thanks for the replies. His price was $750, he said he'd drop it to $625. The gun is in very good shape. I'm tempted.

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Unless it's some special version, that sounds like too much. I just saw a new Mini-14 on the rack at Wal-Mart in Littleton, NH for around $550, brandy new. I can't remember if it was stainless. I was surprised to see one at Wally World.

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I looked at new ones here (in canada) the lowest I found was at SIR mail order was $764. I'm not sure of the value of the scope, he said it's a good scope, but he is selling it, so what else would he say, it says 'Bell' on it and it's 3-9X.
Any other comments are appreciated.
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Yeah, I missed the part about you being located in Canada the first time I read it. Sorry about that. I haven't heard of Bell scopes. Now if it said Leopold or Burris I'd say you have a good deal.

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