After a quick stop at the local gun shop for some ammo we headed to the sportsman's club and set up on the 40 meter range. This trip was Wyatt's first time shooting a full power center fire weapon and he was loving it. The bang from the Ruger is quite loud but the recoil from the .223 cartridge is very manageable and he shot well.
As well as trying out some new ammunition this was also an opportunity to test out a couple 10 round magazines that I picked up a while back. The Mini-14 comes with a 5 round mag that fits flush with the bottom of the stock and is ideal for hunting situations but when out punching paper I like to shoot 10 shot strings. In all we shot about 70 rounds and feed and function was flawless with two brands of ammo. I had some older Remmington soft point 55 grain loads that Wyatt burned up first. The new stuff pictured above was American Eagle brand 50 grain with a poly tip designed for varmint hunting.
The Mini-14 is not a tack driver; It wasn't designed to be, but instead a handy and lightweight carbine and I am happy with its performance as such. It's a fun little shooter and very satisfying to stand to the side and watch the open bolt work back and forth as it cycled the rounds. 40 meters steps out to about 133 feet and sighting with a ghost ring and front blade iron sights I'm pleased to keep ten rounds inside the 8-ring.