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Old 09-30-2013, 06:32 AM   #21
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True about red lock tight and screws. However there are no screws where I recommended its use.

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bamashooter68, sounds like you have your Mini shooting great, they are a joy when the little bugs are worked out, aren't they ?
Thanks sandog. It is shooting very good now. I love the mini-14 and all the little upgrades have made it a pretty nice shooter.
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You guys are talking about the accustrut and stiffening the barrel, how does this increase the accuracy when in an AR platform a free floating handguard is best so nothing touched the barrel?

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The Mini barrels are thin and need some rigidity. The struts also prevent, or in some cases greatly reduce, vertical stringing as the barrel heats up. Also the metal in the strut absorbs heat from the barrel so it doesn't get as hot in the first place. The mini and the AR have different gas systems and gas blocks, so barrel "harmonics" are different. Maybe someone will give a more technical explanation, I just know the strut brought my Mini down from 2 1/2 groups to 1"- 1 1/2", it doesn't get as hot, so less stringing as well.

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You guys are talking about the accustrut and stiffening the barrel, how does this increase the accuracy when in an AR platform a free floating handguard is best so nothing touched the barrel?
Weatherby's are accurate bolt rifles that use a contact spot in the stock to dampen harmonics. The strut on a mini 14 works the same way, just have to find the spot to dampen. Not all AR barrels are accurate, they have to be upgraded to expensive aftermarket.
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OK, there was talk of using Wilson 1911 buffers on the mini...? Can someone please explain what exactly you all are talking about? I have no idea and am a new owner of a 195 mini and am wanting to be able to get the groups as good as I can. Anyone know what the 195s twist rate is?

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Buffers will dampen the op rod hitting the has block and receiver. They save scopes, I use vacuum cleaner belt stamped out with a 9mm case to fit over the op rod and gas block pipe.

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Buffers will dampen the op rod hitting the has block and receiver. They save scopes, I use vacuum cleaner belt stamped out with a 9mm case to fit over the op rod and gas block pipe.
OK...could you post a pic? I'm still confused I am new to the whole mini thing and I'm a sucker for accuracy. I have decided that for what I'll be using the mini for 1.5-2" is more than acceptable, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Casey, a strut and finding the ammo your 195 likes will be the best for increasing accuracy. I was curious about the twist on my 195 series as well, most were made with a 1-9" twist but some had a 1-7". My 1-9" has shot great with my hand loads with 68 gr. and 77 gr. Match bullets, but your rifle could be different, you will have to try them to see. Somewhere there was a link to twist rates for the various series Mini's, maybe one of the stickies at the top of this page ? Best way would be to e-mail Ruger with your serial number and ask them.

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The strut is in the works...I've designed a couple (very rough) that I may try and throw together this weekend at work. If not I am going to go with the accustrut. I am hoping my rifle likes the 55-64 grain stuff OK, but I'll shoot whatever it likes the best. Thanks for all the help everyone.

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