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    Mini 14, stainless or blue?

    I told my wife to choose which rifle she wants, she is considering selling 'her' BM and getting a Mini 14. She likes the traditional 'feel' of the Mini, it's her rifle, her choice right? If she does decide to go with the Mini 14 does anyone have any thought as to which one would be better, stainless or blue?

    Durability is my concern here, with the barrel and the bolt cycling in the receiver. Does anyone know if one stand up better to wear than the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhs1969 View Post
    I told my wife to choose which rifle she wants, she is considering selling 'her' BM and getting a Mini 14. She likes the traditional 'feel' of the Mini, it's her rifle, her choice right? If she does decide to go with the Mini 14 does anyone have any thought as to which one would be better, stainless or blue?

    Durability is my concern here, with the barrel and the bolt cycling in the receiver. Does anyone know if one stand up better to wear than the other?

    Thanks
    If the BM is a Bushmaster, try and talk her into keeping it. My Mini14 was never very accurate, (By AR standards). 6-8" at 100M was about the best mine would do. YMMV and if there is no convincing her, get the stainless one.
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    The Mini-14 is reliable, but not durable. It's a fine commercial/sporting arm, best when use is kept light. Lube generously. Inspect often.

    The biggest difference between the SS and blue models will be in corrosion resistance of the metals. The effect of barrel heating on POI is less apparent with the SS than the blue.

    There are a number of small tweaks that can be made to improve accuracy on the Mini.

    The newest rendition of the Mini (580) is better than the previous in most regards. I recommend the SS over the blue. Getting the 16" barreled model is also recommended.

    A substantial shortcoming of the Mini in your case will be accomplishing best fit for your wife. The stock is a traditional commercial LOP, generally regarded as too long for even adult males.

    If limited to those two options (BM or Mini-14), I would keep the BM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skintop911 View Post
    A substantial shortcoming of the Mini in your case will be accomplishing best fit for your wife. The stock is a traditional commercial LOP, generally regarded as too long for even adult males.
    Amen! Every so often I'll pull my Dad's Mini out and mess with it. I can't imagine a broad liking the LOP on that thing. I don't even like how long it is.

    A bushmaster with collapsable stock should be infinitely more comfortable for a woman..... Unless we're talking about a BIG girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    Amen! Every so often I'll pull my Dad's Mini out and mess with it. I can't imagine a broad liking the LOP on that thing. I don't even like how long it is.

    A bushmaster with collapsable stock should be infinitely more comfortable for a woman..... Unless we're talking about a BIG girl.
    She is not big by any standard, 5'5"-5'6", 120lbs. She can handle and shoot the BM without any problems but she has always been exposed .22 rifles with the standard type stock and she feels more at ease with it. I explained I was in the same boat 20+ years ago but now anything that does not have an AR type layout feels un-natural to me. She would follow my lead if I insist we keep the BM for her (I have an LMT for myself), we have 50 or so mags for the AR's and lots of spare parts, but I'd like to let her make her own decisions too. I just got my lay off papers yesterday (Friday), so spending money to build up mags, accessories will be very limited to non-existent at this point. I may go ahead and insist we keep the BM for awhile and wait to see what happens in this region with work/the economy, I just don't like taking charge of her decisions if possible. If we were to sell the BM and get a Mini then she would only have 2-3 20rnd mags while I've got 50+ for my M4 and unable to share, which could be an issue someday.

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    Another thing to consider:

    Owners of an AR-type can obtain every component, large and small, of their rifle/carbine for service without manufacturer support. (Use of W&R at the manufacturer, credentialed armorers or smiths remains optimal.)

    The user of a Mini-14 must return the rifle to the manufacturer for certain repairs, including a couple that deadline the rifle most frequently. Armorers are in short supply, and are also limited in what service they're able to perform.

    If you get a Mini, get a spare.
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    Could she shoot a friend's mini for a while, before you commit it buying it? Or, at least keep the BM and add a mini.
    Blue vs. stainless is simply a matter of personal preference.
    Does she prefer the more traditional blue/wood (or synthetic), or the more corrosion resistant stainless?

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