Ruger's "Target Rifle" Mini-14
I am looking in the Ruger catalog at the different models of Mini-14 that they offer. Most look like workaday models that serve a purpose. I like them.
However, Ruger does offer two "Target" models. They come with a device called a "Harmonic Barrel Tuner." Supposedly you can tune this device to make the gun more accurate. To me it is just something more to go wrong! Also, the weight of these 2 "Target Rifles" is approximately 1.5 to 2.5 pounds heavier. They also cost a couple hundred dollars more. I personally see NO use for these rifles! I don't need a tactical gun that can shoot a gnat through his eye at 100 yards.
I prefer the regular models. They are lighter and handier and don't need special attention. I believe that the Mini-14s accuracy is sufficient for my needs just as it comes. I may have to try different kinds of ammunition to get the best accuracy with it, but that is also true of the target models.
If I want to target shoot with the .223/5.56, I can find a bolt action for far less money than the target Minis.