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Old 03-19-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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Good price for a Mini-14?

My brother in-law needs some cash due to a recent divorce and my wife has decided that we are no longer going to give or lend money to family outright. We can do short term secured loans or we can buy stuff at fair prices, but that's it.

So my BIL has a very nice condition Model 5847 Tactical Mini-14 with about 300 rounds through it, 2 20 round magazines and 200 rounds of ammo. It's a 582 series.

A Mini-14 has always been on my "top 20" list of guns that I want to own in my lifetime - especially since they've apparently solved the accuracy issues of earlier models . . but I was always thinking I'd buy at non-panic prices of $550 or so. So I'm not totally jazzed about buying one in today's market . . but if it's not too crazy of a price, I'll be happy. We want to hook my BIL up so he can get back on his feet - so I'm ok with offering a decent deal where he gets money and I'm not getting totally screwed.

What's a fair price for this thing? I'm thinking $800 - with $850 being my max offer.


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Old 03-19-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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idk, but i like them! ha
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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That sounds close. I just saw 3 types of the mini 14 on a wall at just under $1000. The tatctical version included. So that is what it costs to buy a new one right now.

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Old 03-19-2013, 02:47 PM   #5
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meh $800 if you want to help out family...but think of a lot of it as a donation to get back on your feet and your getting a rifle as a bonus. I think walmart sells the mini 14 ranch around $600...the ammo is worth some right now though.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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The last time I went to the local gun shop they didn't have a single one of those on the shelves. I would like to pick one up as well, if/when the prices come down a bit.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #8
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My buddy picked one up for $800 back in october. I've shot it and its a great gun. Definitely on my list of guns to own.
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I would not do more than 600 or 700 myself.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:53 PM   #10
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Just went ahead and bought it. $850. Has a sling, extra mag, 200 rounds of ammo and a few spare parts. Looks brand new. I figured that it would cost me more in the long run if I didn't do this to get him back on his feet. I view it as buying a sweet rifle for $550 and donating $300 to a good cause.

Another plus is that my wife now wants to go shooting. She took hunter safety as a teen and every single member of her family hunts and shoots - but she's never shot a gun. Not sure exactly why. Last night she said we should shoot this weekend and I responded "well good - because you just bought a mini-14". I told her that it was ideally suited for a female shooter and she liked that.
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I would not do more than 600 or 700 myself.
Bingo, price is going down they were all over the last gunshow for 600-700 with not to much interest in them.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:40 PM   #12
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Yeah, I fully expect to see those prices soon. The funny part is that he and his wife borrowed $650 in Dec and I told them the mini-14 was security for if they didn't pay it back in 2 months. They paid it back. I actually feel better about paying $850 now, because if I had got it for $650 back then, he would still be split from his wife and she would have the money (she drained their checking 10 days ago right before she announced it was over). At least now the money is all his and he can use it to get back on his feet.
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Bingo, price is going down they were all over the last gunshow for 600-700 with not to much interest in them.
hmmm...i would pay 600 for the right one in a heartbeat...
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