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theotherDWS 05-18-2013 03:56 AM

new member /new rifle /question
I'm new to the Mini-14 world, have a whole bunch of other ruger rifles (mostly single shots) but got a chance this evening to pick up a mini at a great price with 3 of the ruger 20 round mags plus a couple of the short standard ones. And its something I always wanted--just because. Its a 196 model. I'm not up to speed on the nomenclature but I recognize that it has a fixed blade front and a mil style real that are a lot like the Garand I inherited from my ww2 vet father-in-law. I don't see a provision for a top mounted scope so I'm assuming it'll need a side mounted base system like the one Dad put on the Garand

I'm not into black/tactical stuff. I'm not excessively negative about them, its just not my style.

I am interested in putting a scope on it (aging eyes) and in finding a good quality walnut sporting stock. I'd appreciate info on scope mounting systems and potential sources for a good sporting rifle stock

I'll be reading and re-reading the tuning and tech stickies again and since I really like accurate rifles probably doing other tune up stuff to it as well. I shoot a lot of competition with antique single shots, both offhand and bench so I really appreciate a good crisp trigger and a well fitting stock. I'll also be interested in reloading for accuracy.

your help is appreciated

JW357 05-18-2013 04:06 AM

Can't help with your Ruger but congrats on the purchase and welcome aboard!

tri70 05-18-2013 04:39 PM

The B-Square side mount is what I use on my 196, I also have an Amegaranges rail for stability and if I want to use a dot scope it will be good for forward mounted optics.

Here is a good source.

tri70 05-18-2013 06:37 PM

Walnut stocks can be found here.

bwraven 05-19-2013 05:25 PM

I either use scout mounts on my Mini-14's (as opposed to Ranch Rifles), or just use irons (though I have upgraded to the Tech Sights.)

The Ranch Rifles use an ejector in the bolt-stop assembly that ejects the spent casings to the side, thus clearing a scope.

The Mini-14 uses an ejector in the bolt that ejects the spent casings upwards, which will jmpact a scope/mount that is mounted over the bolt. Mini-14's aren't really designed for scope mounting. But the scout mounts bypass this issue by mounting the scope (or red dot) forward. The scout mounts also improve accuracy by stiffening the barrel.

Here is one of my Ranch Rifles with an Amega Ranges scout mount and an Ultradot red dot in Warne QD rings.

jbardellini 05-19-2013 06:44 PM

Welcome to the forum..

hiwall 05-19-2013 06:56 PM

I have a ranch so I used the included Ruger rings. Then I made my own barrel stiffener and what an improvement! I would highly recommend something like a Mo-rod. I also like wood and though I would rather have walnut, I will keep the original wood as I don't want to take the chance of messing up the accuracy I now have.

hawkguy 05-20-2013 02:46 AM


not walnut, but....

on 196...a strut will do WONDERS for you! go with accu-strut, the man who first marketed and tested the strut.

masterp's stickies have more knowledge than i could offer! :)

can't help you on the mount, i have a ranch model myself. i would suggest warne QD rings.

hopefully, i helped you a bit. enjoy the mini...they are one bad a$$ rifle imo.

hiwall 05-20-2013 03:32 AM

I also stippled the buttplate on mine. Stays in one place on your shoulder now.

mseric 05-26-2013 12:12 PM


Its a 196 model

I don't see a provision for a top mounted scope so I'm assuming it'll need a side mounted base system like the one Dad put on the Garand
Your 196 model was manufactured beginning in 2000. This model is a Ranch and has the integrated Dove Tail grooves on the top of the receiver to accept Ruger rings and a scope. No need to do a side mount on a 196 model.

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