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Old February 10th, 2017, 02:02 PM   #1
 
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Got the Accu-strut put on the Mini-14

Now to see how she shoots when I get a chance and a decent day .




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Nice, better weather soon, hope to hear a good range report.
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I have a 185 series Mini 14 and it shoots much more accurately after I installed an Accu Strut. The first time I took it to the range tho, it came loose because I didn't dimple the gas block like the instructions suggest. After I dimpled the GB and re-installed it, it has stayed put.
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Yes, the "dimple option" is the way to go, but some guys aren't gonna want to drill a hole, however shallow, on either side of their gas block. It's not like they are ever going to want to take the Accustrut off, they'd be crazy to. The struts are that good.
On the newer tapered and Tactical weight barreled Mini's, a strut doesn't help as much, but still looks cool and would help dissipate barrel heat.
On the older Mini-30's, I haven't found the strut helps as much as all of those have a thicker .625" barrel. I did put a Socom one clamp strut on my "Mini-M1A ( and drilled out the safety a la M-14), as it looks good.
But my two other Mini-30's don't have a strut, they do have Ultimak rails though, and those have some of the accuracy-enhancing stiffening and heat dissipation benefits like a strut gives.
All three Mini's shoot the same loads with the same accuracy.
But having a solid place to mount your optic out of the way of the action is the best thing about Ultimaks.
Having a strut and an Ultimak would be even better, a must for the old Pencil barrel Mini's, and nice for any Mini if you don't mind a little more weight.
I have dimpled the gas block on my wood stocked gun and a Hogue stocked Mini-14 I sold a couple years ago. When you think about it, having a place for that pointy Allen screw to nestle into when it hits the gas block just seems more solid, don't do a dimple and the tip of that little Allen is just pressed up against the hard gas block.
It's not like your ever going to take your strut off, so do it up right.
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Squirrel, nice! It will serve you well.
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I did the dimple thing in the gas block alright. I took it out yesterday and after I got done,I realized that the first time I checked it without a strut was at 40 yards and this time with the strut I shot at 80 yards so to get an accurate comparison I'll have to redo it at 40 yards,but I think it helped. Before I was getting 1.75" groups at 40 yards and now I'm getting 2.25" groups at 80 yards. When I tried sighting it in at 80 yards before there were 3 or 4 shots that didn't even hit the target so I thought to myself "there's no way I'm using this for coyotes out to 200 yards,probably will miss most of them at 100 yards",but now I think I might,especially if I can find a "sweet" load for it.. That's the fun part of reloading isn't it??

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I have a old Mini-14 I got back in 1977 I think, it's a 181 series that needs to have a strut put on it. Not sure that it would do a lot of good, it's got that thin barrel that the original's came with. I enjoy shooting it, lots of fun!
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LCR, the strut will give a significant improvement - cutting groups by probably 50%. Go with the 6" (not SOCOM version) and "do the dimple". I also have a 181, but it does fine as-is (it's a GB model with bayo lug and flash hider, which seem to attenuate barrel "whip"). 2-4 MOA, which is better than my shooting skills or red-dot or intended use.

Depending on your sentimentality for your 181, you might consider chopping the barrel to 16" and adding a flash hider. That will help in the accuracy/consistency department.
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This isn't great, but it's better than it was before the accustrut. 50 yards with a 5 MOA red dot.

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50 yards, from a shooting bench.



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Doncrp, That is about the type of groups I've been getting with my 186 Model Mini-14 at 100 yards after I installed the 6" Accu-Strut, and doing a trigger job, and dropping it in an over-molded stock (Choate), and adding a flash suppressor. Not to mention developing a load it really liked. It was really a chore, but to be totally honest I really enjoyed the challenge. Prior to doing all that work it at best would hold a 5" pattern, note I stated pattern not a group at 100 yards, and as the barrel heated up after about 5 rounds or so would proceed to 12" groups often stringing them erratically.

Now I have a rifle to be proud of, providing it gets the ammo it prefers, which is 52 grain Hornady BT A-Max, in Federal cases, using Federal BR small rifle primers, and IMR 4198 powder. Note the rifling on it when I got it (brand new around 1993) was a bit rough, so I used JB's bore polish with at least 200+ strokes to polish it out. I'm quite sure the twist is right at 1/10".
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Doncrp, That is about the type of groups I've been getting with my 186 Model Mini-14 at 100 yards after I installed the 6" Accu-Strut, and doing a trigger job, and dropping it in an over-molded stock (Choate), and adding a flash suppressor. Not to mention developing a load it really liked. It was really a chore, but to be totally honest I really enjoyed the challenge. Prior to doing all that work it at best would hold a 5" pattern, note I stated pattern not a group at 100 yards, and as the barrel heated up after about 5 rounds or so would proceed to 12" groups often stringing them erratically.

Now I have a rifle to be proud of, providing it gets the ammo it prefers, which is 52 grain Hornady BT A-Max, in Federal cases, using Federal BR small rifle primers, and IMR 4198 powder. Note the rifling on it when I got it (brand new around 1993) was a bit rough, so I used JB's bore polish with at least 200+ strokes to polish it out. I'm quite sure the twist is right at 1/10".
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That looks great! Thinking of getting one for my older Mini 30. Debating between the LT and SOCOM..... LT sounds more accurate, but the SOCOM would turn my rifle into a mini stainless M-14! Decisions, decisions..
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It worked wonders!! I tried comparing 6 previously worked up loads to each other for consistency and all did a lot better,especially 1 load that shot 5 holes I can cover with a penny,a lot better than the 1.75" groups it did before. There was another load that 3 out of 5 made a ragged hole,I might have pulled the other 2 shots,not sure. So I'm going to redo those 2 loads and compare them again,here's the target I can cover the 5 shot group with a penny.


I'm not done yet though. Even though this was great and should do me fine,I'm going to try a few heavier bullets with different new powders and see if I can come up with an even better load. The money for the Accu-Strut was well spent either way.
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