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Old February 2nd, 2014, 10:45 AM   #1
 
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Question Rifle stock for Mini 14

Hi guys I currently have I think a 581 series Mini 14 Ranch rifle mine is about a early 2000 issue rifle it has the pencil thin barrel. I am thinking about the possibility of adding a accustrut to my rifle. I currently have two factory ruger rifle stocks for it the regular wood stock that came with it and the ruger mini 14 composite rifle stock that is currently on it now. What is the lightest non folding rifle stock I could use on my rifle? I have thought about the Hogue accumold stock for my Mini 14. If possible I would like to loose some weight off my rifle if this is possible. Any comments or suggestions much appreciated thanks!!



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Well, if it has the pencil barrel, then it can't be a 581 build. The factory synthetic stock is very light. Perhaps a take-off from another Mini? I would imagine the Hogue would be close. Mine is bone stock. I can try to weigh it to get an idea if that would help.

Here is a link to a Butler Creek Featherweight stock. It sounds light! But I have no experience with it. OEM polymer stocks are on eBay, too.

http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=281254959677

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I'm not certain the series of my Mini 14 ranch rifle but mine has the thin barrel. I want to install a accu-strut on my rifle to help with accuracy. I want to hunt with it. That's why I am looking for the lightest weight stock I can find. The accu-strut weights around 8 oz's. Maybe I can refinish my wood stock & thin it down some. Just looking for ideas.
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Did you look through older threads on here? Look all the way down below and similar threads are listed and we also have a search tool up top. Theres some good info here.
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The lightest non folding stock I have ever seen or had for a mini rifle is the Choate pistol grip stock. The pistol grip also adds in trigger squeeze control helping repeat accuracy a bit in my opinion.
Choate Machine & Tool - Ruger Mini-14/30 Pistol Grip Stock - Product Details
Next in lightness would be the Hogue, but it's about the same as a Ruger factory stock and like the Ruger is lighter because it does away with the stock reinforcement bracket which is 4oz, so you save weight right there going with the Hogue or factory Ruger
Those stocks with Choate handguard (weight 3 oz) makes for the lightest mini set up. The factory Ruger handguard weight is 4 oz.
The Butler Creek convential sporter stock is the heaviest of the lot, very heavy synthetic material, just like the Butler Creek folding stocks, and much heavier than the Choate and Hogue & Ruger stocks and it also uses the reinforcement bracket for additional weight.
Even with reinforcement bracket the Choate Pistol grip is still the lightest of the lot. I would put the Butler creek as the heaviest of the synthetic stocks. And the Hogue and factory Ruger right in the middle.
I have had all the above stocks for the mini rifle at one time or another.
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I'm not certain the series of my Mini 14 ranch rifle but mine has the thin barrel. I want to install a accu-strut on my rifle to help with accuracy. I want to hunt with it. That's why I am looking for the lightest weight stock I can find. The accu-strut weights around 8 oz's. Maybe I can refinish my wood stock & thin it down some. Just looking for ideas.
Your serial number stamped on the receiver on the left side and starts with three numbers. That is your series. If its 580 or higher its the newer thicker barrel.

You do need to make sure you know what series you have since there are older series models that are not compatible with most aftermarket stocks out there. But if its an early 2000s gun, it should be compatible with them. You can also visit Ruger's website for more details on your serial numbered rifle.
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Well, if it has the pencil barrel, then it can't be a 581 build.
That would be correct.

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If its 580 or higher its the newer thicker barrel.
not necessarily, the very first mini 14's of the 580 series had the same thinner barrel as the older 181-197 series mini 14's. The 580 series started in 2005. All 580 series mini 14's had the newer three blade front sight and new style rear sight.

ARMSLIST - For Sale: 580 Series Stainless Mini 14 (.223)
Scroll down the listing for picture of 580 series withe the thinner barrel (.560" O.D) without the flange at the gas block. The flange identifies the heavier .625" O.D barrel.
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I will pull my Mini14 out of my gun safe tomorrow & see what series it is. But it does have the thin barrel.
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I also have a Mini 30 581 series - Ruger customer service told me it was made in 2007.
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I think its called a tapered barrel
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The Houge overmolded stock for the Mini is very nice, and comes in several colors.
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Hi guys I currently have I think a 581 series Mini 14 Ranch rifle mine is about a early 2000 issue rifle it has the pencil thin barrel. I am thinking about the possibility of adding a accustrut to my rifle. I currently have two factory ruger rifle stocks for it the regular wood stock that came with it and the ruger mini 14 composite rifle stock that is currently on it now. What is the lightest non folding rifle stock I could use on my rifle? I have thought about the Hogue accumold stock for my Mini 14. If possible I would like to loose some weight off my rifle if this is possible. Any comments or suggestions much appreciated thanks!!
Big mistake on my part 188 series!!!
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gqucool, Alrighty then!

First off, all 188-series Mini-14s have a 1:7 barrel twist rate, which would usually call for a heavier bullet than 55gr to maintain accuracy. But as they say, "all Minis are different"...

In terms of stocks, I have a 181-series (made in 1977) I've had since 1980, and I just bought a new 583-series last summer. A little over a year ago, I bought a new factory Ruger wood stock for my 181-series and it dropped right in. I also checked to see if my new 583 would fit the stock that was on my 181 when I bought it in 1980 and it does. So as far as stocks go, they're apparently interchangeable from the 181-series up through current production Mini-14s. The lightest stock of the four I have is by far the Ruger synthetic one: 3/4 pounds less than the factory wood stock. It also has about a 3/4" shorter length of pull - on par with that of an M1 Carbine - than the newer factory wood stocks. Can't speak to the older factory wood stocks (with a curved butt plate).

If you get an Accustrut, you should go for the 6" length - NOT the shorter SOCOM one. The SOCOM one won't do much for your accuracy. They now make a 6" Accustrut called the X-Drill, which is very likely lighter as it is somewhat hollow, with vent holes.

If you are satisfied with the rear sight, fine. Just consider a Tech Sights rear sight.

Sandog (on this forum) has one of the newer Choate stocks w/ pistol grip. He seems to like it. He knows his stuff!

Good luck!
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To be honest guys man this is a very old thread, I currently have my Mini-14 in a factory composite stock it has a bit nicer grip and checkering on it plus a nice thin recoil pad at the back. I have had a barrel strut on mine for well over a year now. I still have the wood stock it actually has some very nice grain to it. I might take a rasp to it someday to reshape the pistol grip some, the only other change I would make to it is to find a nice metal butt plate instead of a black plastic one!!!
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gq: the butt pad on my 583 with synthetic stock is rubber. May be able to get one, if you want, from Numrich.
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