Trying to figure out if I want a mini-14 or a ar-15. The mini 14 I want is just the basic ranch rifle(wood stock, blued barrel). The ar-15 I want to build is like the m16a1. I cant afford both, its one or the other.
country boy, I have both. And while I am partial to the AR from the get-go, I'll let you know why......My experiance with the AR is proven over many years and thousands of rounds down range. Very accurate, and simple to use. Lots of extras are available, from many suppliers. The Ruger, not so much. My Ruger has acceptable accuracy (although I've only fired it out to 100 yds. so far) The caliber is the same so no difference there. My issue with the Ruger is that it just seems "cheap" the action feels "loose", the ops rod rattles, the fit on the stock is poor, the finish is OK,not great, my biggest problem though, is that if the bolt is locked to the rear, and you bump the stock on the ground, the bolt goes home.... at first I thought I had not locked it correctly. But after doing it several more times, figured out it was the design, not the operator. Also extra mags are more expensive than the AR. And if you want to put optics on it (the Ruger) it ejects out the top, so you need a off-center mount. SO just a few things off the top of my head. Good luck! MG
I have both. The Mini-14 is fun and fine if all you want is a handy, fairly rugged little .223. But, as pointed out in the responses above, there really is no comparison with the AR-15. The AR-15 is capable of MOA accuracy or better depending on the barrel and upper and ammo used. You have a ton of options on the AR, including after-market trigger, a dedicated .22LR upper or the Ciener unit or similar to practice with cheap .22. No comparison in my opinion and experience.