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Old 01-05-2013, 06:41 PM
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I'm having a big personal battle with myself right now. I JUST bought a Ruger Gunsite Scout for $769 yesterday. The gun feels perfect and I've always wanted a Bolt .308 of good quality with a detachable magazine.

Today, I got the inclination to cash in on the crazy gun prices and put it online. Got an offer for $1000 cash, trade for a Ruger Mini 14 with 3 - 30 round mags and a 20 round mag.

I have a .556 / .223 ar15 already, and that got me thinking that the mini 14 would be better than the Scout as it takes the same ammo, and I have a good stockpile. .308 on the otherhand is scarce around my parts, and the only thing left is Zombie Max and Winchester defender at around $32 for 20 rounds.

Note that I am married. If SHTF i would rather have the mini 14 with the large number of rounds I already have for it. Give the mini 14 to my wife for SHTF. If I keep the .308, ill have very limited ammo, not so fast fire rate, and hardly any magazines (mags are 40 - 70 for 10 rounders, the highest capacity for that gun). But if it doesnt hit the fan and some sort of ammo ban isn't instated, I think I would like to keep the scout rifle.

What would you do if you were me?
1. Take the $1000 (200 profit) and start over
2. Trade straight up for the mini 14 and 4 mags
3. Keep the Ruger Gunsite Scout and 40 rounds of ammo and live with it
Old 01-05-2013, 06:59 PM
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Keep the Scout man.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:06 PM
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Do not make this trade, please. It is only a good deal for the other guy.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:29 PM
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I would not make that trade for the Mini. Sell it outright and take the profit. From all the Yankee guys from your state most said they don't really have a need for a long range shooter. Though I disagree I believe everyone needs that capability. If you Might have a need keep it.

Otherwise, I would take the cash. Buy a Mini for the Mrs AND a 1022. She can learn to shoot well with the 22. Transition to the Mini (same manual of arms so less for her to learn and cheaper). That is what the wife did. She chose the Mini because it was light and did not "threaten her" or something. I would not pay more than 600 for a NEW Mini. Mags are a crapshoot with this rifle. The wife's uses Promag 20s without problem but it varies by rifle. My wife is my back up. Your wife will be your backup if SHTF. She needs to be up to speed.
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I think you would be insane to do the trade, the cash. Honestly I would just hold onto the gun and slowly stockpile ammo. Why would you get rid of something you've always wanted.
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I'd keep the Scout.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:38 PM
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a mini 14 over a GSR....have you lost your mind?
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You couldn't even give me a Mini-14, forget trading a perfectly good rifle for one.
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Keep the 308 Scout. I do not understand why 308 ammo would be difficult to get. I do not know why you would buy a 223 and not a 556. The 556 will shoot both.

I put a 20 inch eye relief scope on my scout. From target recognition to cross hairs there is no faster scope setup.
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Quite simply, keep the .308.
Old 01-05-2013, 08:28 PM
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As with the others---keep the 308. Had a mini 14 and liked it--did not love it. You may need that harder hitting round "down range".
Old 01-05-2013, 08:51 PM
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Thanks guys. I was leaning toward keeping the scout (haven't even shot it yet!) but a few of my buddies suggested doing the trade. I think I'll keep it. Just sucks how expensive the mags and ammo are compared to AR/556. Not to mention the scout scope prices.

I've heArd good and bad about the mini 14, that's what made me consider. I did just get an offer on a wasr 10 for 500 with 10 mags full of ammo but I think I'll keep the higher quality gun! Just hope I can get to at least 1,000 .308 before everything gets even more rediculous. Only 960 rounds away! Lol
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People love to hate on the Mini-14. Its dumb. The gun works. I own one. Personally I'd rather have 2 guns that use the same round..... but, the Scout is something that you have wanted for a long time I'd keep it and find the money to buy the Mini or another AR. Dig deep and find the $$$
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What, you don't love the wife anymore? Why you want to give her the Mini?
I have a Mini, and it is just OK, I hear the newer ones are better but I think you should keep the GSR and let her have the AR if you have to BO.
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I have a scout and am not overly impressed with it-----yet. However, it was not cheap so I will keep it. At least keep it a week before you decide to get rid of it.

You could trade your wife for the mini 14 perhaps.
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I had a mini and it had only passable accuracy. I now have an AR for the same cartridge and a Howa .308 bolt gun for when more punch and range is needed.
I would not own another mini14. The GSR is said to be a very good rifle, I would keep it and get proficient with it and build up the ammo pile for it.
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i have mini 14 and a scout KEEP THE SCOUT NUFF SAID
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Keep the scout!!!
Old 01-05-2013, 09:49 PM
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the scout doesnt really fill many roles imo and it isnt a long range rifle that can really use the .308 so i would sell it and build an AR or buy a brand new mini + mags that way your wife is set, as far as mini's go we own 2 in this house a 1970's model and a 2006 model both function 110% with good mags (we have found pro mags to be decent) and the newer one is very accurate for what it is (pop soda cans all day long with cheap ammo at 100 yards) our older model is minute of milk jug at 100 yards.
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I believe that in a few weeks prices will be down on almost all guns and ammo. Wait abit and then buy your mini. You won't lose money in keeping the scout.
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