Ruger Mini-14 or Bushmaster AR15

Discussion in 'The Pre-Ban Forum' started by WHSmithIV, Sep 17, 2012.


Ruger Mini 14 or Bushmaster AR 15

Poll closed Sep 18, 2012.
  1. Ruger Mini 14

    4 vote(s)
  2. Bushmaster AR 15

    7 vote(s)
  1. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    So, here's the poll - Wal-Mart has both the Ruger Mini 14 and the Bushmaster AR 15. I can afford to put one on layaway but not both (even though I want both) Help me choose everyone!
  2. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    Easy I am gona assume your right handed.

    Pros and cons

    Mini 14
    What I like: mini 14 will eat anything, all ammo all day long, even reloads,

    What i dont like: Position of mag release. Not pinpoint accurate. Need to use original ruger mags for best performance.

    What i like. Everything is where it is supost to be. Mag release, safety ect, perfect fit in the hand. Cheap P mags work great.

    What i dont like: Generally not as reliable as the mini is. Some ar's need to be wet to work properly. So i consider all ar's wet guns.

    Personally i grab my ar when things go bump in the night. I can use the rifle much easier because of how things are positioned. I can reload in a fraction of the time in a ar vs the mini and not take my eye off the target.

  3. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    SW PA

    Bushmaster is now part of the "Freedom Group" with other companies that have gone down hill lately like Remington and Marlin.

    The Mini isn't really that bad these days but they still aren't very accurate, magazines that work are expensive and the accessories are mostly garbage and limited.

    Go with a different brand of AR sold at WalMart like a Colt, Sig or S&W. You can do so much more with a AR over the Mini.
  4. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    Hmm OK - so, I now consider the poll modified to simply be AR 15.... vs mini 14.
  5. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    SW PA

    While true...somewhat. Unless you think you might need to engage in a firefight where you are shooting a few hundred rounds quickly. Most AR's can do that with just a small amount of lube you put on the bolt after you cleaned it last. I don't run mine "wet" with oil as some say is needed, just a little quality lube in the right places is all that is needed unless you are doing full auto mag dumps.

    A little wet is a good idea though for a new one until it's broke in.
  6. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008

    You said it better than i did.
  7. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    SW PA
    I have owned 2 Mini's and 7 AR's over the past 30 years. In my opinion there is no way I would ever pick a Mini over a decent quality AR.

    I bought the Mini's because I always like the look and compactness of it. They were reliable. The first one I bought used so I blamed it's 10" 100 yards groups on the first owner, thinking it damaged the barrel from overheating it or something. Bought a new one, it shot worse.

    Only Ruger mags can be counted on to work, they are expensive. Adding anything like a light is a PIA.

    The possibilities are endless with the AR, full floating the barrel, barrel lengths, materials, accessories, grips, name it, there are plenty of good choices available. The AR is fine the way they come or you can make it however you want it.
  8. lonewolf204

    lonewolf204 Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    I would take the AR over the Mini 14 any day. I have spent a lot of money and time trying to get a Mini 14 to shoot better than a 3" group at 100 Yards. I have spent about 100 bucks on my AR and it will shoot 1" groups @ 100 yards. To me after shooting and owning both guns it is a no brainer. The AR 15 is top dog!
  9. CCHolderinMaine

    CCHolderinMaine Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Steep Falls, Maine
    Don't shop at Wal-Mart.

    As much as I love Ruger products, in this case pick up an AR first.

    Don't buy Bushmaster, when they sold out and left Maine, they became Bushmaster in name only.
    Have a Cabelas anywhere in range? The company in Maine that was Bushmaster became Windham Weaponry, they make nice ARs at very reasonable prices (like Bushmaster used to be).

    Don't shop at Wal-Mart if possible. It's already a crappy experience, when we let them put everybody else out of business, you really won't like shopping there. Spread your purchases around. Competition is good for the consumer.
  10. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    wet or dry
  11. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Build an AR. It's really easy. You'll get better quality than Bushmaster for the same price range. And rather than layaway, you just buy a few parts at a time.
  12. Maine04657

    Maine04657 New Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    That is half true the person who made Bushmaster and sold it to the Freedom group the company that own Remington, Marlin AAC and many other gun companies is still in the SAME building with much of the same equipment but they are now called Windham Weaponry ( ) they make the same high quality ar's he always has still made right here in Maine.
  13. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I still opt for the Ranch rifle.......
  14. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    In .308!
  15. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    It was too late for me to get in on the poll, but I would choose an AR. I have owned 4 AR's and 2 mini's (a 14 and a 30) over the past few years. I consider the ARs to be more accurate than a Mini. I agree with the statement someone made about building your own, even if you just buy a complete upper and a complete lower and slap them together, it would be just about as cheap as buying a complete gun.
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