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Old March 24th, 2017, 12:24 PM   #16
 
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I have a 583 now also...never really looked at the face...I'll do that tonight and smooth out as necessary....mine doesn't look anything like that after 500 rounds though...if I'm just slinging lead down range I typically shoot Perecta

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So the buffers about the only thing I need in the newer Mini-14 and with a lot of practice I can Master the trigger without a trigger job don't feel like sending my gun away

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Maybe a smaller gas block...

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Arthur, buffers aren't mandatory by any means, but they do make for a more enjoyable shooting experience.

If the trigger bugs you, you can send just the trigger group out to someone like Brimstone to smooth it out. To me, it isn't a sniper rifle, so the trigger is fine for me. For many, it bugs the heck out of them - particularly bench shooting at paper.

As COSteve pointed out, the front buffer will fare better if you smooth out the sharp edges of the front lip on the op rod. The rear buffer should survive better than the front buffer. Follow Steve's advice on the correct orientation of the recoil spring guide rod.

If you have a 583 Tactical (16" barrel), the ejects should be about 10-12' from a standing position. With a Ranch Rifle (18" barrel), they will go considerably further. If it really bugs you, you can get the reduced-size gas bushing. But I would take one step at a time.
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I think i am just going with buffers

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This thread got me curios about my 581 series. So I took a peek. Not near as dirty as yours is COSteve. And no bushings. WTH?
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They dont come with bushings

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I know that that's all i am going to change

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Arthur, good plan. One change at a time. Stop when you're happy.
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So the buffers about the only thing I need in the newer Mini-14 and with a lot of practice I can Master the trigger without a trigger job don't feel like sending my gun away

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Not necessarily as it depends upon the barrel length of the Mini you get. The 583 Series Mini-14 Ranch Rifles have 18.5" barrels and they definitely can benefit from a reduced gas bushing if you're using decent ammo as they can throw your brass 60-70ft. A reduction to a .045" bushing seems to be a good bet. However, the 16" 583 Series tactical models don't seem to throw the brass as far so many don't need a gas bushing change at all.

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Good place to start.
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That rust is from alot more than not cleaning after 400 rounds....how far did the cases go before the buffers and how far do they go now after the buffers?

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It's not rust but rather just scrapes in the carbon layer from the stock. Clean, the op rod doesn't contact the stock at all. The 400rd deposit was in one afternoon from burning W748 powder in my handloads. I've noticed that W748 leaves a lot of deposits in my M2 and M80 ball ammo I load for the M1 and M1A too.

The buffers weren't installed to reduce the brass distance, but rather to soften the shock of impact when cycling. They were installed minuets after the smaller gas bushing and I've never fired the rifle without both.
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