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Old 06-23-2014, 03:58 AM   #41
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yup, i am of the belief that ruger paid someone extra to think of how they could make their hand guard both extra ugly AND impractical.
Hmmm, makes sense!

I wonder how much they go for on eBay. Not worth the bother selling one I guess.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:01 AM   #42
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$15 to $26 on ebay, it will more than pay for the Choate when it arrives!

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Here is mine, a plain (NY compliant) Mini-14


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Any NY Mini is a good Mini!! The more I shoot the Mini the more I enjoy it. This could develop into a problem similar to my 1911 problem. 😬


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Old 06-30-2014, 11:33 PM   #45
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Question for you Mini gurus. How much of a difference in accuracy do you think there is between the shorter barreled tactical models and the longer barreled ranch version? Is there any big differences in accuracy beyond certain ranges? Just getting used to my tactical, and love the way is shoots, but am trying to be realistic in my expectations. The only other rifles I have shot are a .243 and a 308 with really good scopes. My Mini has an Aimpoint so I am trying to get a clue what accuracy goals i should shoot for.


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There are more factors that matter than a couple inches of barrel. Some people have actually got better accuracy by shortening their Mini's barrel, makes it act stiffer, less whip and vibration. The quality of ammo used, torqueing the gas block correctly, adding a strut, smoothing the trigger would all probably help more than having a couple inch longer barrel.
If you have good eyesight, have the Aimpoint with the 2 MOA dot instead of the fatter ones, and turn the intensity down to where there's no "flare" of the dot, you should be able to shoot almost well up to 100 yards with the Aimpoint as with a scope of modest power. Target was shot on the same snowy day with the Aimpoint mounted, load was a 77 Gr. Sierra Matchking BTHP with 22.7 grains of H-4895 in Brit Radway NATO brass. Beyond 100 yards, having the magnification of a scope would give accuracy gains over the red dot. For shooting 200-300 yards and beyond, or shooting at tiny varmints like prairie dogs, I take off the Aimpoint Patrol Optic and put on the 2.5-8x Scout scope, easy enough to do with the Q.D. mounts. I now have a Tech rear peep back on the Mini, and enjoy shooting it with irons from time to time as well.

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Cool, good info. The only upgrade I haven't done is the strut. But I am still learning my Mini and just want a decent baseline of what to expect. I'll do a few practice sessions and then see where I am at 100 yards. That's really about all the distance I expect accuracy out of this rifle at anyway. Beyond that I have better tools for the job. But if I am not happy I could always use that to justify a 2nd Mini with a scope. 😀


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Choate Handguard Arrived and Installed! Thank you for the idea you wankers, that cost me another $15 bucks plus S&H! The good news is thought that I picked up my new IO Inc. AK today and looking forward to Saturday.

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$15! Count yourself really lucky! You got off easy.


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