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Old 12-06-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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I have owned a Mini-14 Ranch Rifle for a number of years (at least fifteen, if memory serves), although I haven't put a lot of rounds through it--due more to me being busy with life and unable to do much shooting of any kind than anything else. I pulled it out of the safe after going shooting with my daughter yesterday and glanced at it. I believe it is a 195 series serial number. It is stainless, with the curved metal butt plate. So, now the questions:

Is there an aftermarket wooden stock made for it that has a better butt plate/recoil pad than the original? I have looked and have found laminated, synthetic and the like, but nothing resembling the traditional wooden stocks.

Second, I have never had any real complaints about the accuracy, but then again, I haven't done a lot of shooting with it. What can or should be done to help in that regard. I have seen the advertisement for the Mo-Rod, and for the price, that seems like a reasonable option.

Finally, I have some of the Thermold polymer magazines from way back when I first purchased it. They didn't give me any real troubles when I shot it, but what is the scoop on them? I have heard from "bad" to "OK" about them, but nothing really "good." I don't see much in the way of metal 30 rounders, it looks like 20 rounds is the most common, unless you really want to pay for them, which I would prefer to avoid.

Any ideas, thoughts or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Thermold Mini mags always worked fine for me.

Have you considered one of the rubber butt pad extensions that lengthen the pull on old Mini's and 10/22's?

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Thermold Mini mags always worked fine for me.

Have you considered one of the rubber butt pad extensions that lengthen the pull on old Mini's and 10/22's?
I was unaware of the extensions. How do they look on the Mini?
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I was unaware of the extensions. How do they look on the Mini?
I think Choate made them originally. There is probably one out in my "box o' stocks" in the garage. If I can't find a pic on Google I'll see if there is one out there and click a pic for ya.

It is just a 1" rubber extension.
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I was unaware of the extensions. How do they look on the Mini?
Take a look at this. It is the same as the old Choate.

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It looks interesting, but I saw reviews at Midway USA that indicate it is a bit large, needing trimmed down, and is hard plastic, not really much of a "recoil pad."

John Masen Recoil Pad Ruger 10/22, 44 Carbine, Mini-14, and Mini-30 Rifle Extended Rubber Black - MidwayUSA

I suppose for the price it might be worth looking into.

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The ones that Choate offered were rubber, but they were intended to lengthen the stock and not really a recoil pad. The rifles they go on are not "kickers".

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The ones that Choate offered were rubber, but they were intended to lengthen the stock and not really a recoil pad. The rifles they go on are not "kickers".
That is a good point, the Mini doesn't have much kick. Given the cost, I might just give one a try, although I may still be on the look for another stock. I forget where I spotted it, but I saw one on a forum that had a strong resemblance to an actual M-14, just smaller. I loved the look of it.
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That is a good point, the Mini doesn't have much kick. Given the cost, I might just give one a try, although I may still be on the look for another stock. I forget where I spotted it, but I saw one on a forum that had a strong resemblance to an actual M-14, just smaller. I loved the look of it.
Hogue makes their "Overmolded" stock for the Mini. I have one and love it.

Do you need wood?
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Hogue makes their "Overmolded" stock for the Mini. I have one and love it.

Do you need wood?
I have actually considered one of those, and may end up going that route. The only real reason for not doing so would be the fact that I simply like the look of wood. I realize the overmolded stock would probably be much more durable in the long run.
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