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Old May 30th, 2013, 06:55 AM   #1
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Scope on late-model Mini 14

I am planning to mount a small Leupold VX-10 4x20 Firedot scope on one of my Mini 14s. I am going to use the GG&G tactical rail, which is already on the rifle. Thus I will be using conventional rings rather than Ruger rings.

Question for those of you who have mounted scopes on Mini 14s. Have you experienced any issues whereby the ejected rounds damage the scope? The Mini 14 seems to eject pretty vigorously (it is notorious for that). Just wondering if this has been an issue with anyone.

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Old June 28th, 2013, 01:34 AM   #2
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I am working on my 582 mini as we speak...I mounted Nikon p223 3-9x40 on high Ruger rings and the brass is hitting the turret ! It hit and jammed the ejected brass between the turret and bolt so be careful until you know it will clear. Let me know how you make out !
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Redleg, Mini-14s can be a bit tricky for mounting scopes. First, the factory rings mount so close together that some turrets won't fit and still get proper eye relief. Most people do what you did and buy a Ruger-to-Weaver adapter that gives you more scope movement.

The issue with spent cases hitting the scope turret is NOT good .... it's the worst possible place because the rear of the scope's inner tube is held in position by a leaf spring pushing the tube against the turret screws. The inner tube will actually dislodge and make your scope aim somewhere other than the target.

One thing you can do is to install a tighter gas port bushing in the gas block. You can even buy a variable gas block that does an excellent job of controlling how hard and how far spent cases are ejected. This may not totally prevent a spent case from hitting the scope but it will certainly reduce the risk of damage or change in POI.

You can shorten/reshape the ejector just a little to change the angle of ejection. This is a $10 part that is easy to replace should you ruin it.

I have seen some people make a defector that can be attached the the scope base. Never tried it myself but I see no reason why it wouldn't work.
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