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Old March 18th, 2017, 08:37 AM   #16
 
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Yup, double that "Thank You" to COSteve and RJF for their great knowledge of the mini platform.



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Old March 18th, 2017, 11:04 AM   #17
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Nero, happy to help. I was in your shoes three years ago.
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Have had my mini 14 sense 1977, still love it. Sure its old and there are newer and more modern rifles but I don't think you can beat the old M1/M14 action, it played a huge part in winning WWII.
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Good morning, all.

A deep and huge "thank you" goes out to all of you! While I admire the M4 platform for it's range of capabilities, it is a rifle/carbine that has never really appealed to me. I have owned two, a Del-Ton and a Colt, and neither was particularly impressive in my eyes. I am not a tactical sort of cat so the ability to change/add this, that, and the other thing is neither a need nor a want. I'm too old and too impatient to buy something just to turn around and drop another several hundred dollars on accessories that may or may not be worthwhile. I want rugged, reliable, and simple, and coming from a company my family has trusted since my grandfather purchased his Security-Six is just icing on the cake.

After reading over the responses, I believe I may purchase a 14 and a 30. I'd like to go with the 5846 for the 14. I'm not a huge fan of folding stocks, but I'd like to be able to carry it cased in the trunk of my Harley Freewheeler. The trunk isn't particularly wide, so the folding stock and 14" barrel will work pretty well. The 30 has to be the 5854. Simply, no frills, no stainless. My idea of a great brush rifle.

Again, I cannot thank everyone enough for the replies and allaying my worries. My very best to all of you.

Take care, and have a great day!
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Old March 21st, 2017, 12:16 PM   #21
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The West, a good choice, but I might offer some consideration.

I have an ATI stock (similar to the 5846, but in flat-dark-earth). It is bulky and heavy, and - if you are a southpaw, uncomfortable. I got it because I wanted a folder, with an adjustable LOP and a pistol grip. It is probably the only option available with all those features. It is also the heaviest of all the stocks I own for my Minis, by a fair margin.

With my Mini in that stock, it felt more like a SAW (squad automatic weapon) than a carbine. If you want to set up a good prone firing position in advance to lay down supressive fires via a bi-pod without relocating too often, it is a good stock. If you want to move around...not so much. There are a few aftermarket folding stock manufacturers that don't carry the bulk and weight of the ATI/5846 stock. The two primary ones are Choate and Butler Creek.
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I have a very old Choate folder (pre-1980) that is very nice (walnut - not synthetic), but looks more like the Butler Creek ones now.

If you replace the flash hider with a thread protector, you'll also save 1-1.5" off of the overall length.

Attached shows my Choate and ATI stocks with the same Mini. The Choate is close to the Butler Creek version now.

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Thank you much, RJF. You've given me other avenues to traverse. I've worried about the ATI stock's bulk. I have yet to handle one, but the pictures I've seen seem to indicate a great deal of extraneous mass. I prefer the looks of the Choate and Butler Creek stocks, and both are in stock on various sites. I think the Choate might be more what I'd prefer as it's neither skeletonized nor shiny (shiny seems bad if I am trying to remain undetected).

Thanks again, and have a great weekend.
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Thank you much, RJF. You've given me other avenues to traverse. I've worried about the ATI stock's bulk. I have yet to handle one, but the pictures I've seen seem to indicate a great deal of extraneous mass. I prefer the looks of the Choate and Butler Creek stocks, and both are in stock on various sites. I think the Choate might be more what I'd prefer as it's neither skeletonized nor shiny (shiny seems bad if I am trying to remain undetected).

Thanks again, and have a great weekend.
Aaron
My Tactical came w the conventional polymer stock. I bought an ATI, it pretty much stays in the closet, it's heavy and awkward. The conventional style stock lends its self to the Garand design and light weight of the Mini 14 platform. Jmho
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