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Old 06-06-2014, 12:01 AM   #31
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Would love to see photos of your mini with all the workings. I just ordered the 2 clamp LT accustrut. Haven't decided on a rail or mount yet. Thank you.
Post pics when you're done. I've been thinking of completely changing mine. Might do a collapsible stock, amega rail, accu strut, and some optics. Right now its plain Jane stainless in the wood stock. If I don't do a tactical leaning stock, I might do the od green hogue standard rifle stock. Anyone have experience with a hogue stock? I heard it lightens the gun up vs the factory stock.
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I am traveling for work right now. Hopefully when I am home next week I will have some time for some good pics. My Mini is not a looker, but I wanted something that I could use, abuse and shoot well. And it will handle all that. I'll get some pics up. Plus i have a new 1911 for that thread and a new to me Marlin to post also. 😎


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Old 06-13-2014, 05:02 AM   #33
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1. Accustrut (whether heavier barrel or pencil barrel)
2. Smaller gas bushing to keep brass in same zip code (I reload)
3. Trigger smoothing/lapping
4. Rear recoil buffer
5. Scope 2X7 or 1X4
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1. Trigger job

2. Ultimak Rail

3. Red Dot sight. Aimpoint on mine.

4. Muzzle break

5. Gas Port Bushing and adjustment


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Old 08-07-2015, 01:40 AM   #35
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Bump fun thread! :d
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1. Trigger job, or polish and smoothing
2. Bed or shim stock, helps with accuracy
3. Tech Sight , rear adjustable sight
4. Gas port bushings, and re torque the gas block 28-32 inch lbs. ( good starting point )
5. Ruger Factory Mags

Now I only addressed the things that I feel help Reliability and Accuracy. There are Other mods that add to the accuracy such as a Accu-Strut which will help the Minis with 18" barrels more than the 16" barreled guns, but hey , they look awesome. I would also put the Choate handguard on for better ventilation for the barrel. I mainly want the gun to function properly first and formost, Then when I feel 100% about that gun then I will start adding some accessories. Such as red dot or scope, slings, rails, bi pods, flash hiders, or what ever you want. My gun has to be 100% reliable period. I'am sure I've missed something.
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For those going for the Mini M-14 look, I give you my 583 Series (thicker barrel) Ranch Rifle in 5.56:

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In order of importance (I have a tightly fitting stock so I've don't need bedding):

  • Use Good Quality Ammo - Accuracy requires good ammo, avoid Russkie junk and you'll enjoy it more
  • Reduced Gas Bushing Size - .040"-.045" with full power ammo reduces recoil impulse and increases accuracy
  • Trigger Job - Polished the sears slightly for a smoother trigger
  • Accu-Strut SOCOM length - Aids cooling, dampens harmonics, and gives it that M14 look; what's not to like?
  • Choate Handguard (painted brown) - Increases cooling dramatically and looks much better too

I also added a Tech Sight Mini 200 Rear sight, added Wilson 1911 Buffers both front and rear to avoid metal to metal contact, and added a M1 Carbine sling I had laying around.

Then I noticed that I was stretching my neck to get a good sight picture and didn't feel comfortable. I measured the 'heel to aperture' distance on my Ranch Rifle was 15.5" stock (15" with Mini 200 rear sight) while the 'heel to aperture' distance on my M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, and M1A were all only 14".

I decided to remove the rubber butt pad, cut 1" off the stock, replace the butt pad, and then sand it to the new profile. Now my Ranch Rifle's 'heel to aperture' distance is 14" and my head naturally falls in the right sight picture. This aids both in comfort and accuracy for me.

Note: I'd only recommend this step for those who also stretch their necks when aiming through their irons. I don't believe it necessary for scoped Minis or for those happy with the feel.

I'm also considering narrowing the front sight blade which is now .075" wide down to about .060" wide. The front sight on my M1A is a NM and measures .062" wide at the rear. I find the precision better with a narrower front sight blade.

All in all, it now it now is capable of shooting 1.5" groups with good ammo and a good shooter. I've recently stressed it with rapid firing a mag full on a 90+ deg day and with the next mag found little to no vertical stringing. The strut and handguard really helped with heat dissipation.

Even with 3 ARs, it's always a blast to shoot as I prefer the more compact receiver size and overall lighter, handier feel (even though it weighs a bit more than my AR middy carbine). As an irons plinker and overall fun shooter, it's perfect with 20rd mags and accurate enough that bowling pins at 200yds are great fun and go down quick and easy.
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looking back at my original list, i think it still stands. but after setting up a 2nd mini, i have a few new additions.

1) BURRIS FAST FIRE: the mini can be a bit tricky to get the optic you want, just like you want it. i really like the burris ff for its small size and ability to be used on the mini is a variety of set ups. imo, hard to imagine a red dot better suited for the mini, and at what i would call a moderate price.

2) STEEL VENTILATED HANDGUARD: as many others, i love the CHOATE handguard for its improvement on factory and bargain price. however, i found a steel ventilated handguard (no longer made )....that i think i prefer over the choate. it was, however, a bit more than twice the price of the choate.

this is a great thread for the noob mini owner. the same products appear repeatedly showing some of the most effective and beneficial mini 14 mods available.

wish i had found this thread right after i bought my first mini! good work FTF members!
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I agree hawkguy. This thread has helped me out immensely when deciding on upgrades to my mini 14.
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I agree hawkguy. This thread has helped me out immensely when deciding on upgrades to my mini 14.
that's great! hope it helps others as well!
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