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Old March 23rd, 2017, 12:02 PM   #1
 
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Getting a Mini-14

Need to replace bolt buffers how hard is it to do and the strut do I need to gas strut for vibration of the barrel I know how to stiffen up the action

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To install a barrel strut is very easy basic allen set screws that you tighten down some of the barrel struts involve using thread lock on the strut clamp assembly etc.
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Adding a set of Wilson 1911 buffers is a snap. Open trigger guard and remove trigger assy. Take action out of stock, remove op rod spring, slide op rod back a bit and push 1 Wilson buffer over gas pipe. Then slide 1 Wilson buffer over end of op rod spring guide, reinstall spring, insert action into stock, insert trigger group and close guard.

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Buffer on op rod spring (make sure you re-install guide as pictured below):

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If it's a newer model, you may not even need the accustrut.
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Thatis beyond my mechanical ability.
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If it's a newer model, you may not even need the accustrut.
For the most part, the newer Mini 14s (with the tapered barrel) don't realize tighter shot groups from installing a barrel strut.
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Thatis beyond my mechanical ability.
Ha! That's a good one...
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These are the buffers you want.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/24...hane-pack-of-6

Also available at Amazon as an add on item.
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The buffers only last about 200 shotsif that...would be better to change the gas block

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The buffers only last about 200 shotsif that...would be better to change the gas block

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Actually not. While these are pictures to show how dirty the Mini-14 gets after 400rds, the Wilson buffer in this picture has nearly 1,500rds on it and as you can see, it's still fine. I lightly dressed the sharp edges on the front of my op rod where it contacted the front buffer to smooth them out.



Yes, I have a new style op rod with the stepped face. And as you can see, this is why you need to clean your rifles.

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Ive gone through six sets...

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I got 500 rounds out of ASI set of buffers. Just installed Wilson Combat . I'll let you know.....


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Actually not. While these are pictures to show how dirty the Mini-14 gets after 400rds, the Wilson buffer in this picture has nearly 1,500rds on it and as you can see, it's still fine. I lightly dressed the sharp edges on the front of my op rod where it contacted the front buffer to smooth them out.



Yes, I have a new style op rod with the stepped face. And as you can see, this is why you need to clean your rifles.

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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Harry, there may be a very minor reduction in eject distance using the buffers, but that is not why they're used. Buffers change the nature of the recoil and the cycling of the op rod is no longer slamming metal-to-metal. Kind of like pounding an anvil with a steel-handled ball-peen hammer versus one with rubber coated handle: a much nicer experience with some a rubber-coated hammer.

To reduce eject distance (as well as the violent cycling of the over-gassed Mini, a reduced-size gas bushing is used. It reduces the amount of gas forcing back the op rod.

I have both an old (181) and a new (583) Mini and the faces of the op rods were different. My 181 had a flat face, the 583 has a lip protruding at the bottom half of the op rod face. That lip does chew up front buffers unless the sharp edges are smoothed (as COSteve did). If you don't, the the front buffers really don't last long. Given that my 181 Mini had a flat face, I just (carefully) ground off the lip from the 583 op rod to have it match my 181's. That should assure a long survival for a front buffer as it is not getting diced and chopped by that lip. BTW, there is a name for what I did: the Harris Mod. Didn't know it at the time...

I dismantle and clean my weapons right after firing. I seldom go beyond 400 rounds in one sitting, so they seldom look like COSteve's picture.
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RJF's correct, I don't normally let it go that long either, however, I went out one sunny day and put the 400rds through it in part because it was a great time and in part because I had some other shooters with me who wanted to give mine a go. Another one of those, "Hey, if I use my ammo, can I shoot your Mini? days at the range.
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