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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:47 PM   #1
 
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Mini 14 Tactical Improvement list

I just got a new 580 Tacticle.
I'm going to do some improvements one at a time and document the decrease if any in group size.
Most likely will go in this order. Targets will be kept and group sizes documented. All shots at 100 YDS.
1. Trigger Job
2. Steel bed the action
3. Bed the forend to the gas block with barel alligned with no presure on it.
4. Align and properly torque the gas block
5. Re cut the muzzle wit a specially made muzzle cutter. It cuts the muzzle so sharp that you can cut your finger on the hole in the muzzle (I've done it)

My goal is consistant 1" to 1.5" groups in 5 shot strings, I'm not trying for sub MOA. It's not needed in a tacticle style weapon.
I will also try a couple of 20 shot strings when done to check on stringing.
I hope not to have to make or buy a barrel support rail.
I might also try the cow pie looking Limb Saver Deresonator if I can figure a way to hide it. Don't want the critters laughing too hard at me.
The bedding should have a good result. Although the trigger group holds the action in the stock tight, as soon as you take the trigger group off, the stock just falls right off the action. It does not fit tight at all, in fact it's quite loose. The gas block is no where near to being parellel and I doubt it was torqued very carefully either.
I'll keep you posted as I progress. If it ever stops snowing and raining, maybe I can get out to test it.
I have not even got it out to break it in and get a baseline on the stock weapon yet

Best Regards, John K




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Old May 25th, 2010, 12:34 AM   #2
 
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Sounds good. I am looking forward to seeing your results.
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Shouldn't you put at least 100 (or so) rounds through it before you start tweaking? Get a baseline?
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Shouldn't you put at least 100 (or so) rounds through it before you start tweaking? Get a baseline?
Oh yes. I've taken it apart, cleaned and over lubed it. I like a little extra lube when breaking in a Mini.
After several hundred shots and a good baseline and finding what ammo it likes to eat the best, the modifications will start

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Yeah, if I were to do a project like that, I'd do one thing at a time to see if and to what degree each change affected accuracy. I'm just curious that way. Or anal. Sounds like fun.
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I like to start with shining the barrel with Brasso or JB Bore Brite and a nylon brush. I think a guy can save himself a lot of work that way. kwg
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KWG, you are a little better off just using JB Bore cleaner at first. Although very very fine, the abrsive is slightly bigger than the bore bright.
I'll use the JB bore cleaner for a short while, then start scrubbing the bore with the bore bright. The bore bright is great to use between full cleanings also. It will not hurt the barrel in any way. The Bore cleaner won't either.
Both are great products. Thanks for the tip. The Ruger bores are a little rough and need some rounds fired and the bore cleaner to get them smoother and more accurate.


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