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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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A little old man from a near by town called me this afternoon and asked me if I was interested in buying any guns. I gave him the usual answer...."absolutely not, I got to many already"....followed by, "What ya selling?" "Nope don't need a model 12, nope I don't need a Firestorm 380." "What's that you say, a like new Ruger Mini 14 with a scope for $500?" Hmmm now the old boy had my attention. I asked, "What kind of scope and what's the first 3 digits of the serial number?" It took him 15 minutes to get the gun and I'm sure I heard a toilet flush just prior to his coming back on the phone. He said, "The serial number starts with 583 and the scope is a Zeiss Dialect 6X." I said, "Yes sir, I will give you $500 for the Mini 14. I met him at I80 on my lunch hour and it's now mine.

New guns usually don't excite me a lot but I'm kinda like a kid with a new toy concerning this one. I got right on the WWW. and order 5 of the Ruger factory 20 round magazines.

I have had a couple of these in the past and the one shot decent but the other sucked(no other way to put it). I have been hearing real good things about the recent production Minis. A buddy says his will shoot 1.25 inches with most ammo. I'll take that since the one bad one that I owned(early production) would barely keep 10 shots on a pie plate at 100 yards.
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Did not say what the price was on the 12 but they are increasing in value all the time.

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You didn't even ask about the Model 12? I hope Roy pees on you.
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You didn't even ask about the Model 12? I hope Roy pees on you.
He knows better! I have too many shotguns and have only touched 3 of them in the last 5 years. When it's pheasant season I touch two of them almost every day. They are a couple of beauties too. A matched pair of beat to heck Mossberg 500s. One in 20 ga and one in 12 ga. They are mighty slayers of fezunts but also can hold down barbed wire fences whilst I throw my leg over without fear of leaving anything hanging in the top wire and they aren't bashful about doubling as a club should Roy go to wrestling with a coyote or such. Besides my trigger pulling finger got busted up pretty good in an altercation years back and these days it doesn't do so good with those little push button safeties. A thumb safety is much more to my liking.....enter those Mossberg 500s. I usually take some flack from my son's high dollar clients when they come hunting. Bennellis, Perazzis, Citoris.........yawn! It's fun to watch those guys cuddle their guns like babies when we hit a briar patch! Not me I lead with my gun! I also have a H&R Topper 12 ga that I take on occasion.
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Congrats on the new Ruger, I hope its a shooter. I have a pretty good collection of Model 12's and couldn't tell you the last time I fired one.The 28ga is the only one I don't have. I imagine my 40 year dream of finding a 28ga for a few hundred bucks is about over.
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Congrats on the new Ruger, I hope its a shooter. I have a pretty good collection of Model 12's and couldn't tell you the last time I fired one.The 28ga is the only one I don't have. I imagine my 40 year dream of finding a 28ga for a few hundred bucks is about over.
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I liked model 12s and hunted a few in my younger days. Until I found a nice tight model 97. All the 12s have gone away but the 97 still lives here.

Of course I have more doubles than anything.

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I too would have grabbed the 12. Ive got one in 12 and 20 and still use the 20 more then any other shotgun I have. Ive got a 97 too and like pastor love the heck out of it but I don't shoot it like I used to. I worry about it breaking parts and finding original parts for it and its in such nice shape I hate to bang it around. Also have a 87 that was my grandpas and to me its about the coolest shotgun ever made. But for working gun that still a classic a model 12 fits the bill. Kind of like deer hunting with a pre 64 70. If it were me id have bought the mini. Sold the scope and took the money and bought the model 12. A 10k scope isn't going to make a mini shoot small groups. Ive had a number of minis through the years and never bothered even scoping any of them. I put on scopes for attempts at load development but about found that futile too. I use them for what there good at. Pounding targets at 50 yards. Gave up trying to get one to shoot like a bolt or ar15. I think a scope on a mini looks but ugly too.

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