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    Question Would you sell a Mini 30 to buy a second Garand?

    My first arrived less than three weeks ago. This is the coolest thing I will ever own/lease/rent, age 55 and don't even want a laptop-just classic rifles.

    Over at 'Gunandgame', 'Garandicon' most guys say yes, there will always be Mini 30s. This should be no surprise on G. forums.

    The basic wood/stainless Mini 30, which is only used to blast plastic bottles on a river bank, is complimented by the SKS in that caliber, using cheap Russianicon ammo (no tedious reloading). Have Not yet hunted, but will soon try feral pigs with a friend in Texas. With travel expenses/time, can not do this often.

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    Yes! I've never owned a Mini 30 or 14 but from what I understand about their accuracy, the Gaand outclasses them.
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    Yes, Do sell! (Having owned all the above.) The only redeeming features of a Mini-whatever are it's sporty looks and somewhat lighter weight.

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    Even though the decision won't be made for at least two months, will consider each of your perspectives.

    The SKS does just as well zapping floating grapefruits from 80 feet away, and the front post sights on this older Mini is very thick for my modest shooting skills.
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    In a heartbeat. How many battles have been decided with a Mini 30?
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    Depends on what you plan to do with either. If you are a collector, and you want to add to your collection, or perhaps use one Garandicon as a match rifle, the other a shooter, then I'd sell the Mini 30 and buy another Garand. If you need a plinker, one that you can toss in the trunk. The Mini 30 is handy, reasonably accurate and takes cheap ammo - under $3.00 for 20 rounds in bulk.

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    Yes, I buy a second (or third or fourth) Garandicon over a Mini-30. Had a Mini-30 many years ago and ,while it was reliable, it's accuracy was not good.

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    Not even a close call...M1icon Garand!

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    What is unique is that we can shoot at a river (TN Valley Auth.) on the edge of this city: blast anything we throw in! But the only actual target shooting at the range that has interested me began with this first Garandicon, as I have not tried my Enfields (#4, #5) past 50 yards. With the nice Yugoicon Mauser, forget it-very little luck with those sights.

    It is embarassing to be in my 50s and only learning anything about guns (frequent plinking) for the last three years, mostly alone on days off. Limited progress with 'skills', except for reading websites.

    A seasoned range buddy has recently provided very good instruction, and a coworker who retired from the Navy Marks. Team set records with his iron sight AR at both 200 and 600 yards. Somehow this Garand motivates me to acquire some real iron sight skills.
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    Back around '76

    Or so ( my , where has the time gone?) , I was at a gunshow in Tuscon and ran across a man selling a Rugar mini-14 .223 that was kind of neat. It had a miniture set of M1icon Garand sights on it. Knobs to the left and right that changed elev. and windage , and click adjustable without tools or bullet tips. He claimed it was a limited production that had just came out. I believe the Mini was around $179 back then , and he wanted $350 or so. I passed , but swore I'd pick one up at a reasonable price. Never , ever , saw another one like it. Never saw it in a cataloge or ad copy. Been 35 years or so , still wish I had snagged it.
    Now , to the OP. No , I wouldn't use it to buy a second Garand...




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