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Old July 14th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #1
 
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Mini-14 Must Have/Must Do Mods???

Hi all, I have a mini-14 and im looking to make it a little better both looks wise and at the range. Any suggestion?? Id like to see pics of your Mini-14s that have aftermarket stocks so I can get an idea of how the different ones look to make up my mind on the one I would like to buy! Thanks!!



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Old July 14th, 2013, 07:16 PM   #2
 
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I think they look and feel the best with the factory wood or synthetic stock. As far as the other mods go, I haven't done anything to mine yet either, but think it's way past time to get a different gas bushing installed. That and a trigger job and I'll be good to go.
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I own two Mini's a 580 SS ranch that I've had since Ruger reworked them and recently bought a 581 in a ATI tan stock the 580 has a trigger job and wears a Bushnell 3x9x40 with and average of 1 1/2 @ 100, its a nice shooter...the ATI version is pretty slick and still a work in progress ,it has a cheap Tru glo red dot ,soon to be replaced with something better.Im speey but im having trouble posting pics and sure love showing mine off ...best advice I can give is too get a mild trigger job and shoot the crap put of her ,Stocks are entirely up to you there's no right answer its all what you like .
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Cool... Thanks for the tips... I think im going to go with the ATI strike force stock and a trigger job when I get some more extra spending cash. I will post some pics when the ATI gets put on though!
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even and torque your gas block.

consider a buffer.

consider a trigger job or bedding.

consider an accu-strut to improve groups and overheating.

wood stocks look better.

use quality ammo.

errr....that's all i got....
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even and torque your gas block.
consider a buffer.
consider an accu-strut to improve groups and overheating.
How do you even the gas block and what are the torque specs? Do you have links for the buffer and accu-struts??
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How do you even the gas block and what are the torque specs? Do you have links for the buffer and accu-struts??
Not to jump in on someone elses post, but re: your last question(s): I use Wilson Combat 1911 Buffers front & back (no link, but you can get them at Midway, Brownells, or on Ebay) and I mounted the Accu-Strut XDrill on my Wood/Blued Mini (it may not do anything to improve accuracy on my 58x model, but it can't hurt & it looks cool!)

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I really like the Choate hand guard, much better looking. Buffers are nice to keep the brass close by. Other then that the Tech sights are nice if you want something easier to adjust and a Accu-strut Socom makes it look more M14ish but is questionable on weather the single clamp improves accuracy on the newer model minis.
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How do you even the gas block and what are the torque specs? Do you have links for the buffer and accu-struts??
some measure the block gap with calipers, i just measured 'close enough"...i think i was recommended between 30-35 pound inches...it has been awhile.....you might want to research that to be sure...i bet 50% of gas blocks come jacked from the factory...not a positive effect on accuracy.

i use wilson buffers also...cheap and effective....looks like you already go the accu-strut link, use the 2 clamp version as it is the only one proven to improve accuracy. works great as a heat sink also.
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I really like the Choate hand guard, much better looking. Buffers are nice to keep the brass close by. Other then that the Tech sights are nice if you want something easier to adjust and a Accu-strut Socom makes it look more M14ish but is questionable on weather the single clamp improves accuracy on the newer model minis.
+1 choate handguard is an improvement & cheap at that!

i have heard great things about them, but do tech sights damper your ability to scope your mini? they always looked very tall to me....
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i have heard great things about them, but do tech sights damper your ability to scope your mini? they always looked very tall to me....
I agree, the Tech-sights look much bigger, but with the Mini200 you only replace the rear; with the Tech-sights for the 10/22 you replace both and they are significantly taller than the factory sights....

Both the Mini200 & the factory rear are "peeps" so overall height isn't much different; it can't be or it wouldn't work with the factory front post!

I don't see how it would effect a traditionaly mounted scope (any more than the factory rear would), but I really wouldn't know since mine is mounted forward on my Ultimak Scout Rail! (I really should see if they'll give me a quarter everytime I post thier name! )
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I agree, the Tech-sights look much bigger, but with the Mini200 you only replace the rear; with the Tech-sights for the 10/22 you replace both and they are significantly taller than the factory sights....

Both the Mini200 & the factory rear are "peeps" so overall height isn't much different; it can't be or it wouldn't work with the factory front post!

I don't see how it would effect a traditionaly mounted scope (any more than the factory rear would), but I really wouldn't know since mine is mounted forward on my Ultimak Scout Rail! (I really should see if they'll give me a quarter everytime I post thier name! )
i just know that my factory irons BARELY clear my scope mount...but i like a low mount and went with medium rings. high rings might clear the tech sights, but i dunno....

personally i think the rear factory peep sight is good enough (could be a bit larger)...but its the WIDE front blade that bothers me the most, not conductive to serious accuracy shooting, but good enough for most other applications.
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Cool... Thanks for the help!
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Pretty sweet looking!
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