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Old January 11th, 2017, 05:56 PM   #1
 
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Do you muzzle brake your mini 14?

I chose to put a brake on my mini to maximize the possibility of seeing the target hit through my scope. I went with a Mo Reaper. So what do you have?

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Old January 11th, 2017, 06:05 PM   #2
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I have a flashider on mine, to give it more of an m14 appearance. That with the accustrut socom accomplished that, and gained some accuracy as well, easy on the eyes and functional.

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I tend to think of a brake as something for competitive shooters to gain that extra millisecond to get back on target, or for hunters that need to tame the recoil of a hard kicking caliber. For me the trade off of extra blast and noise isn't worth it, especially on a mild recoiling caliber like 5.56mm. I now shoot Mini-30's that have a tad more recoil than the 5.56mm, but it is still pretty mild.
I shot a friend's brake equipped Mini-14 down in the desert last winter, and it was much more loud and "blasty" than one without. Not for me.
Tacky and donrcp, nice looking Mini's ! Now you just need to toss those ugly Ruger factory handguards. The Choate handguard is slimmer, lighter, better cooling and doesn't have that worthless cover over the op-rod. They are 100% better looking, and only set you back $15.
Way better, but at $140, is the Ultimak railed handguard. They are made from billet aluminum, then covered in Graphite Black Cerakote. Nothing gets your optic lower, and in addition to the strut, further stiffens the barrel and helps dissipate heat.
With the Ultimak the dot or scope is completely out of the way of the action, flying brass and removing the bolt for cleaning, and get the optic further from your eye for better downrange awareness and increased peripheral vision. And you don't have to take off your rear sight when running a dot or scope.
I never got around to adding a strut to the grey M-30, as the Ultimak does the same jobs as the strut, but also allows a great place for the optic.
My woodstock/wood handguard Mini-30 is my M1A/M14 wanna be, so it will stay with irons and wood handguard only, but my newest acquisition, a pristine 189 series Mini-30, will get the Ultimak and Burris FF III dot treatment just like my stainless/Grey Cerakote M-30, as I just got another Ultimak for it in the mail yesterday.
My apologies, didn't mean to derail a thread about muzzle brakes, it just bugs me to see those factory handguards.



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I have 3 choates, thats an older picture of my mini 14 std. Now that rifle, the mini 30, and mini 14 target all have the slim choates installed.
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Just not enough muzzle rise with a mini 14 for me to put a brake on.

But that is just one person's opinion. Nothing wrong with adding one.
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I had a Mini 14 a few years ago that I put a Mo Reaper on. Looks really cool, but the guys shooting next to you at the range won't appreciate it very much....LOUD !!!

A 223/556 doesn't really need a muzzle break. After putting a break on a 223/556 it's like shooting a BB gun, recoil is little to none. I didn't really need one, but I wanted one anyway

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Given that the OP is in Kommifornia, I think he isn't allowed to have an "evil" flash hider, hence the brake, which is allowed (I think). Where allowed, I believe a flash hider is preferable for all the reasons Sandog espoused.
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I chose to put a brake on my mini to maximize the possibility of seeing the target hit through my scope. I went with a Mo Reaper. So what do you have?
Mighty small scope you got there.
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There's a video on YouTube of a man shooting a Mini 30 with almost no muzzle rise. (Search: Ruger Mini 30 testfiring for accuracy at 100 m).

It looks a bit like a PWS PRC compensator on the rifle.

The video shows a great grouping, much better than I'm getting with my Mini 30 Tactical.

Noise and blast aside, has anyone seen an accuracy improvement with a brake/compensator?
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PWS PRC and FSC will virtually eliminate muzzle rise even in .308. I have videoed firing them to confirm. Excellent products. I have them on a number of my rifles.
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Here's the link to the video:

http://youtu.be/g2iClydyyCc
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PWS PRC and FSC will virtually eliminate muzzle rise even in .308. I have videoed firing them to confirm. Excellent products. I have them on a number of my rifles.
Oldag, was there any effect on accuracy?
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I have pws on my hk91 in 308, I am not really impressed with it. It does ok on flashiding, but that rifle still jumps around alot when firing. I like the supercomp xl, its more effective at controlling muzzle rise, and recoiling. YMMV.
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While I agree that a good sight/flash-hider combo on a Mini decked out with an Accu-Strut, etc. gives it a more M14 like appearance, I'm not entirely sure it helps with accuracy. As you can see, my 583 Series Ranch Rifle below does share the same look as it's bigger brother, my M1A, even without a flash-hider.



The M1 Carbine like muzzle area also keeps the Mini's compact length. I've toyed with adding a Choate style front sight/flash-hider like is on Sandog's wood stock mini above, however, I also like it's present look. I've even given some thought to drilling out the Mini's front sight guards like are found on my M1 Carbines, however, as of this point I'm not sure what I'll do.
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Oldag, was there any effect on accuracy?
100 yards, barrel rest only (not from a sled), 3x magnifier on a red dot. And that is a dime, not a quarter.

I would say no effect on accuracy.

As to the poster who said his .308 still jumped with a PWS PRC, perhaps he installed it upside down. Video showed that my .308's jumped so little it was hard to detect. Still kicked, some confuse kick with muzzle rise. A .308 is gonna kick, brake or no.
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