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Mini's have a reputation for horrible accuracy,but they have gotten markedly better in recent years (ok, for a carbine semi-auto, anyway). I have been tinkering with mine like so many other people do, and have been able to get it running pretty good. This was my first attempt at hand loading .223 Rem, and I am very happy with the results. These were 55gr Sierra Spitzers, whereas I should be running a heavier bullet since my rifle is a 1:9 twist.

Sierra Varminter 55gr Spitzer
23.5gr RL-15
2.45 OAL

It's only 50 yards....but it's a friggin Mini, so I'll take it. If I keep these rounds under 1.5 @ 100 I will be very pleased. My Mini, BTW, is a 16" Tactical.





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I thought that group was at 100yds, I was going to freak. I have a Ranch model 581 and absolutely hate it. It was an impulse buy. I can't sell it because no one will give me more than $200 for it.. lol.

But besides complaining, it's an incredibly reliable machine. I haven't found a single thing it won't eat. My buddy had one as well and we put it through some torture testing.. covered in mud\ice\snow, that thing continued to feed anything we put into it.

I have always debated putting a scope on it..maybe I should and just see what I can do. I could never get the thing zero'ed..I hate the rear sight.
 

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Thanks,

I had several other very good groups in the sub-1/2 inch range, but this was the best one of the day.

Etkini - Have you done anything to yours to help the accuracy? I brought my groups down drastically by bedding the rifle and doing a living room trigger job on it. Previously 55gr ammo (PMC Bronze, Hornady, Federal) were grouping about 1-1.25 at 50yards.

The best off the shelf ammo I have found so far is 69gr Fiocchi Match...but at $15/bx at Cabelas, it's much cheaper for me to load my own. I played with a bunch of off the shelf ammo loads, from 55 to 77 grain, and found the 62-69gr variety runs best in the 580/581 series. 55s were too bad considering the cost, and the heavy stuff in the 70s was horrible...and it was some stupid expensive Hornady Superformance and FGMM.

Check out this guys DIY videos....very helpful.
http://greatwestgunsmithing.com/videos.htm
 

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I have not, no. I never really bothered simply because my AR15 could outshoot it straight out of the box..lol.

I do reload, and have plenty 55gr and 62gr loaded up. I haven't shot anything but 55s through it, I will try the 62s next time. I was always going to get a barrel strut, but couldn't justify spending so much on a piece of metal.

While it's definitely accurate enough for coyote hunting, mine only came with a 5rd magazine. And with 10 rounders being $20-50, and preban 30s being anything from $30-100, it's hard for me to buy more. That is..unless you have a cheaper source for 10s or preban 30s.

I will most definitely try the trigger job and mount the scope to it. I still couldn't manage to zero the thing..the rear sight is too complicated for me..lol.
 

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ARs definitely have the accuracy advantage. Nature of the beast. The Target Mini is the only one I have seen that is a really accurate Mini from the factory, but it's not built like other Mini's either. 22" barrel, a much tighter chamber for .223 only (no 5.56mm) plus the tuner. I have seen guys put down exceptional 100 yard groups with them..but they are also nose heavy pigs that are considerably more expensive than a typical Mini.

Where in NY are you located? I grew up in Livingston County (south of Rochester)...sucks that NY keeps all the retarded AB laws on the books.
 

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I am originally from Washington County, but now I live in the hellish Albany County. I wish I got my pistol permit\CCW when I worked for Washington County..getting it for Albany is not worth the trouble. Not to mention a 6 month wait? I should be in Kentucky or New Hampshire and out of this shithole by then! lol..

I do think it's horrible the laws NY has. I honestly never understood how it's okay to have a 30 round magazine that was made before 1994 as opposed to one after. Either way you slice it, it still holds 30 rounds and it is almost as easy to find as a new one. Same with the other inane laws.. but that's for another time and place.

What made you move to Texas? I'm guessing a career by your icon?

Anyway, now that I have a scope freed up I think I'll mount it this Sunday and do a little testing to see what I can actually do with it and some handloads...
 

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Wow, just replying to your post. Ever get a chance to test that Mini?

Yes, Uncle Sam moved me to Texas (Fort Hood). I am still proud to be from NY (badge of honor for us Yankees down here) but the political stupidity and poor job market make it intolerable for me.

The lack of snow during the holidays is sort of depressing, but otherwise this is a great place to live. :D
 

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I did. I run some high power handloads, and with the scope on the action was not cycling completely. It would maybe every 3-4 shots, but in between I had a straight-pull bolt action.

I haven't really put forth much effort to try to sell it, I'll probably keep it. I think in the future I might send it out to Accuracy Systems Intl to have a new barrel and some work done on it. For around $300 they're saying 1-1.75" groups at 100yds. The sad part is if I threw a $300 barrel on my AR I'd have .75-1" groups..lol.

Anyway, in case civilization really does end\zombies come next year, it'll be nice to have a backup 5.56mm/.223 incase the AR decides to not work.

And I wouldn't worry too much about snow. We had a massive storm in September\October but it's been 60 out. I'm sure in a week or two we'll be buried.. just can't wait.
 
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