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I am looking for a quality scope for my tactical Mini-14. I can afford around the $200-$300 price range. This scope will be used for plinking and maybe a little varmint hunting. I do not need anything really over a 3x9 and I have even considered fixed power as well. I would also like an illuminated reticule but it is not a must have. What are your suggestions? I have looked at brands ranging from Nikon,Burris, BSA, Nikko Sterling, Mueller, Bushnell, Leopold, Barska, Millet, Hawke, Swift, and too many others to think of. Anyone's suggestions in this matter would be appreciated.   
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I just this morning sighted in my new Mueller Tac II 3-10x44 on my Mini-14 Ranch.  Huge improvement over the Leupold VX-1 3-9x40 I previously had on the Mini. Finally I can see the .223 holes in the target at 100 yards, using VisiShot targets. The Tac II is sharp and clear and looks like it will do everything I want of it, but the mil-dot reticle will take a little getting used to. That's just one more challenge. 
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Thanks for the reply. I have seen some good things posted about the Mueller TAC-II. Just wondering, what did it cost you?
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I would go with the bushnell 4200 3-9x.  That scope is a great buy.
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Originally posted by dbuster34 dbuster34 wrote:

Thanks for the reply. I have seen some good things posted about the Mueller TAC-II. Just wondering, what did it cost you?


It was ~$270 from SWFA. It was the least expensive scope I could find that had consistently decent reviews, had at least 10x and had a mil-dot reticle. I wanted to try the mil-dot, but didn't want to put a million dollar scope on a $600 rifle. A 9x of any brand probably isn't going to be enough for me and the 14x-16x scopes are too big for a Mini-14 in my opinion, so I settled on the best 10x I could find that didn't overpower the rifle. I hope this Tac II is it, but time will tell.


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Originally posted by dbuster34 dbuster34 wrote:

I am looking for a quality scope for my tactical Mini-14. I can afford around the $200-$300 price range. This scope will be used for plinking and maybe a little varmint hunting. I do not need anything really over a 3x9 and I have even considered fixed power as well. I would also like an illuminated reticule but it is not a must have. What are your suggestions? I have looked at brands ranging from Nikon,Burris, BSA, Nikko Sterling, Mueller, Bushnell, Leopold, Barska, Millet, Hawke, Swift, and too many others to think of. Anyone's suggestions in this matter would be appreciated.   


I mounted a Burris Timberline 2-7x26mm on my Mini-14 Ranch Rifle a few weeks ago. It's a perfect match for that rifle. Compact, lightweight and good clear optics. Just this morning at the range, I was making solid hits at 400 yards using the ballistic reticle. I'm favorably impressed.
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Originally posted by skoro skoro wrote:

Originally posted by dbuster34 dbuster34 wrote:

I am looking for a quality scope for my tactical Mini-14. I can afford around the $200-$300 price range. This scope will be used for plinking and maybe a little varmint hunting. I do not need anything really over a 3x9 and I have even considered fixed power as well. I would also like an illuminated reticule but it is not a must have. What are your suggestions? I have looked at brands ranging from Nikon,Burris, BSA, Nikko Sterling, Mueller, Bushnell, Leopold, Barska, Millet, Hawke, Swift, and too many others to think of. Anyone's suggestions in this matter would be appreciated.   


I mounted a Burris Timberline 2-7x26mm on my Mini-14 Ranch Rifle a few weeks ago. It's a perfect match for that rifle. Compact, lightweight and good clear optics. Just this morning at the range, I was making solid hits at 400 yards using the ballistic reticle. I'm favorably impressed.

Hope you don't mind my asking what spotting scope you were using that let you see .223 holes at 400 yards? I'm doing good to see them at 100 yards with 10x Tac II. I have an el cheapo Burris 15-45x50 spotting scope that doesn't do much better - maybe 200 yards at best - and I'm in the market for something better.

To the OP, I don't mean to hijack your thread, just trying to learn something here since we're all talking Mini-14s.
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You're not hijacking at all. I appreciate everyone's input. I am going to go to the SWFA showroom on my Thanksgiving Break from college. Has anyone been there? i want to look at some scopes there first hand.
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I have been enjoying the mini 14 for years, presently I have 2 223's and 2 6.8's.
 
We use the 6.8 for wild hog hunting which can be much like hunting blue quail, first shot 20 yds and the next shot 150yds.  We have come to appreciate the 1x4 variable scopes; but one must be sure it is a true 1 power so there is a true picture with both eyes open.
 
I suppose my best advice for a mini 14 scope is to keep it light, try to stay in or below the 12 oz range.  It is very easy to make the mini "top heavy".
 
ck out the Leupold VX-1
 
One note on the mini's that I have really appreciated over the years in teaching my kids and now my grandkids to shoot.......
I can see from a distance when a mini is on safety, when the bolt is locked open, and when the hammer is down against the firing pin.
 
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Personally, for the Min-14, I'd save a little longer and get an Aimpoint with 2MOA dot.  That combination is HARD to beat. 
Just my preference, but you asked...
 
BTW, I moved this to the proper section... (Scope for my Tactical Mini-14)


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I'd recommend a 2moa dot Aimpoint or if you have to spend less a 1-4x Bushnell Trophy with illuminated #4 - either of these would require 30mm rings and the rings are spendy. For the difference you might want to stay with a one inch tube scope that is  better glass.  Most companies make a 3-9x42 at a decent price. Even a fixed 4x or 6x would be adequate. I was on the range today at 200 and 300 yds with a FX3  6x42 Leupold with heavy duplex and it did very well.  If you can afford to spend more you might look at the Trijicon Accupoint scopes.  Fixed power scopes are very tough.  A  fixed 6x 42 will come on target fairly rapidly even at 50 yds and is a very bright scope in low light.
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Originally posted by onfinal onfinal wrote:

Originally posted by skoro skoro wrote:

Originally posted by dbuster34 dbuster34 wrote:

I am looking for a quality scope for my tactical Mini-14. I can afford around the $200-$300 price range. This scope will be used for plinking and maybe a little varmint hunting. I do not need anything really over a 3x9 and I have even considered fixed power as well. I would also like an illuminated reticule but it is not a must have. What are your suggestions? I have looked at brands ranging from Nikon,Burris, BSA, Nikko Sterling, Mueller, Bushnell, Leopold, Barska, Millet, Hawke, Swift, and too many others to think of. Anyone's suggestions in this matter would be appreciated.   


I mounted a Burris Timberline 2-7x26mm on my Mini-14 Ranch Rifle a few weeks ago. It's a perfect match for that rifle. Compact, lightweight and good clear optics. Just this morning at the range, I was making solid hits at 400 yards using the ballistic reticle. I'm favorably impressed.

Hope you don't mind my asking what spotting scope you were using that let you see .223 holes at 400 yards? I'm doing good to see them at 100 yards with 10x Tac II. I have an el cheapo Burris 15-45x50 spotting scope that doesn't do much better - maybe 200 yards at best - and I'm in the market for something better.

To the OP, I don't mean to hijack your thread, just trying to learn something here since we're all talking Mini-14s.


No spotter needed. The target was a metal plate about 12" square. The hits were very audible.
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