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Mike, you're good-to-go! Not a GB model (I have a 181GB), which would have put the front sight/bayo lug just about where your pencil points: a slight increase in barrel diameter.

The front sight/flash hider looks to be after-market, but I can't tell which. It should help also in limiting the infamous "vertical stringing" in acting to attenuate same.

Pictures are worth a thousand words sometimes, and yours falls into that category.

You will be a happy camper with the AccuStrut and your front sight/flash hider. Probably close to 2-3 MOA, perhaps better since "every Mini is different"...
 

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sorry, misunderstood. def. not a GB model. :oops:

enjoy that accu-strut!
 

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Good news. I bought the flash hider at a shop in Virginia Beach after the first time time I took the Mini out for a run. There was an outdoor range in Chesapeake and I was shooting it on the 100 yard range where bowling pins were set up in a sand embankment. I was hitting them at will when the rangemaster asked me to stop. Apparently we were supposed to use the pins as an off set target. I thought the muzzle blast was significant so bought the suppressor, or whatever the shop owner called it. It works.

Installation was easy. One knocks out the pin holding the front site to the barrel and inserts the elongated pin in the suppressor to affix it to the barrel. I think I installed it about 20 years ago.
 

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Received the Accustrut today and a nice piece of kit it is. If nothing else, it changes the look of the Mini to more "M14ish".

Looking forward to getting it out on my club range or up in the Olympic National Forrest to put some serious rounds down range.

Again, I appreciate all of the comments and recommendations that you gents have provided.

Totally off topic but I've got so many projects going on that I've neglected my firearms. I just finished this old Ford F100 Heavy Half and am starting on putting together some of my old 650 Triumph motorcycles. Must not ignore the shooting skills.
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Received the Accustrut today and a nice piece of kit it is. If nothing else, it changes the look of the Mini to more "M14ish".

Looking forward to getting it out on my club range or up in the Olympic National Forrest to put some serious rounds down range.

Again, I appreciate all of the comments and recommendations that you gents have provided.

Totally off topic but I've got so many projects going on that I've neglected my firearms. I just finished this old Ford F100 Heavy Half and am starting on putting together some of my old 650 Triumph motorcycles.
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Nice dent side. I’m more into the bump-sides myself but yours looks sweet.
 

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Nice dent side. I’m more into the bump-sides myself but yours looks sweet.
It's a 1973. I had no idea how popular the 70s vintage Ford trucks had become; and valuable. I bought it from a contractor friend down in Bend when his business went south and thought it would be a good old truck in which to haul stuff to the dump. The body was straight with no rust, so got carried away.

It will be in the Saint's Car Show in Port Orchard, WA next summer with two vintage 650 Triumphs in the bed, one a 1957 flat tracker and the other 1967 TR6C "Desert Sled".

I'm looking for a good rear window rifle/shotgun rack like I used to have in my 1993 F150. If you're going to put a classic pickup in a car show, it must be fully dressed with a couple of shotguns or hunting rifles hanging in the rear window. I've got a 1936 Marline Texas Ranger issue thuty-thuty that would look just great.
 

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I think I saw one of those gun racks at the thrift store. I’m headed back tomorrow I’ll pick it up for you, if they still have it.
 

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Received the Accustrut today and a nice piece of kit it is. If nothing else, it changes the look of the Mini to more "M14ish".

Looking forward to getting it out on my club range or up in the Olympic National Forrest to put some serious rounds down range.

Again, I appreciate all of the comments and recommendations that you gents have provided.

Totally off topic but I've got so many projects going on that I've neglected my firearms. I just finished this old Ford F100 Heavy Half and am starting on putting together some of my old 650 Triumph motorcycles. Must not ignore the shooting skills.
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i'm so jealous! makes me really want that 1972 F100 i had back now. beautiful looking old Ford truck. my father had a 1973 F250 in the same color as yours when i was in high school. had the 360 V8, and granny four speed. sure didn't look as nice as yours though.
 
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Jigs, not necessary on the rack but thanks so much for the offer. Some were made of rubber coated steel and adjustable and others a heavy plastic that was not adjustable.

Back on the Acustrut, I had to move the forward clamp back because of the reduced barrel diameter at the ring. If I mounted it as the directions say, with the rear of the forward mount 3.5 inches from the gas block, there is an air gap in the clamp, that is, it won't tightened down properly. I move it just rear of the ring, it fits perfectly but is about 1/2 inch short of the required dimension. I don't think it is going to be an issue.
 

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This should make what I was trying to say more clear. According to the directions, the forward clamp should be all the way to the end of the strut tube but but right forward of how I've mounted it is where the diameter reduces. I wonder what the heck that was about anyway.

I'm going to use the LocTite provided on all of the screws and take it for a spin this week.
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i think you'll be ok on the placement. as for the loctite, the purple loctite is for securing the clamps directly onto the barrel (it is heat resistant), not for the screws. some blue loctite on the screws wouldn't hurt anything either.

use the Purple loctite to "glue" the clamps to the barrel, in other words. just be sure you have the strut lined up with the barrel before. if you mess up, i think it cleans off with rubbing alcohol, no big deal.

This should make what I was trying to say more clear. According to the directions, the forward clamp should be all the way to the end of the strut tube but but right forward of how I've mounted it is where the diameter reduces. I wonder what the heck that was about anyway.

I'm going to use the LocTite provided on all of the screws and take it for a spin this week.
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i think you'll be ok on the placement. as for the loctite, the purple loctite is for securing the clamps directly onto the barrel (it is heat resistant), not for the screws. some blue loctite on the screws wouldn't hurt anything either.

use the Purple loctite to "glue" the clamps to the barrel, in other words. just be sure you have the strut lined up with the barrel before. if you mess up, i think it cleans off with rubbing alcohol, no big deal.
Dang me but thanks so much for the clarification. I'd never heard of purple loctite and didn't read the directions closely. I'll do it right.
 

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for sure. i haven't posted here more than a handful of times over this last year or two.

first post in months? an unrelated thread gets crowded with "buy an AR" and "my mini won't shoot" types. asking simple, yet legitimate questions about the problem mini go unanswered and ignored, but it least it seems to have helped a few posters leave.

glad you are here sandog. maybe a few legit threads about the mini, with real responses, will help out here. if you remember, this was once one of the better mini forums.

Haven't been on the forum for a while and just read all 7 pages of this thread. Jeez !
At least in the last couple pages it got back on topic.
 

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i was thinking i need to update my mini pics. don't have any good shots of my beauties together.

that's the bittersweet part of getting your mini completed. you love it, its just right....but all that's left to do is shoot it and take pics of it. ;)

Attention any newbs: ^^^^^ this guy has some mini porn. And I don't mean short chicks...
 

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Finally got the Mini zeroed. The front sight was canted, and was shipped this way from the factory, untested for even laughably minimal accuracy. I guess I should be grateful they didn't smack it with a sledge-hammer, before Ruger threw it out the door.

shapeways.com {the .563 ID Clamp-On Front Sight-WTG6N}sells a bolt-on
front sight for the .562 sized barrel. 47.99$ plus shipping.
(thin, pre- 2005 issue) You have to get the bolts and lock-nuts for it at the local
hardware store. Once you remove the original front sight by carefully drifting out the
roll pin with a drift punch and a small hammer, then carefully twisting it off, this sight easily bolts on in it's place. Since it's adjustable, it removes the nerve wracking guesswork and QC issues
of re-drilling a new front sight roll pin straight.

So let's add it up, here, shall we? :

Accu-Strut-----------------------------------80.00$
Front Sight----------------------------------50.00$
A few boxes of ammo----------------------45.00$
Reduced gas bushings----------------------20.00$
Recoil reducers------------------------------14.00$
Targets---------------------------------------10.00$
Hours of time spent-------------------------???????$
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Total-------------------------------------------219.00$

Gee whiz, I would have to say I humbly disagree with the original poster,
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"the only thing needed to accurize a Mini-14", no offense, FWIW.
 

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We never intimated it was a cheap hobby. Nice truck. I do miss my ‘70 F250 camper special. Had the 360 with 3-speed on the tree. Moved the shifter to the floor with a Hurst comp. plus shifter, worked out well with the bench seat. Man, what a gas hog! Thank god it was only $.50 a gallon.
 

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just my opinion, but it seems sending a faulty rifle back to ruger, and having them fix it on THEIR dime, would have been the best choice. my last mini, one small part was a bit bent, making it hard to disassemble. one call took care of that. new part, no charge, no questions. seems the path of least resistance imo???? you have a right to complain, BUT.....did you ever give ruger a chance to fix the problem?

i've had 2 real problem QC issues with 2 firearms i bought (neither a mini 14)......BUT....to the credit of both companies.....they handled both easily and with 100% satisfaction.

s#%t happens. when it does happen, does the company have your back? imo, you never gave ruger the chance?

sounds to me like you spent a bunch of unnecessary money, when you should have just contacted ruger and had them fix the sights.

Finally got the Mini zeroed. The front sight was canted, and was shipped this way from the factory, untested for even laughably minimal accuracy. I guess I should be grateful they didn't smack it with a sledge-hammer, before Ruger threw it out the door.

shapeways.com {the .563 ID Clamp-On Front Sight-WTG6N}sells a bolt-on
front sight for the .562 sized barrel. 47.99$ plus shipping.
(thin, pre- 2005 issue) You have to get the bolts and lock-nuts for it at the local
hardware store. Once you remove the original front sight by carefully drifting out the
roll pin with a drift punch and a small hammer, then carefully twisting it off, this sight easily bolts on in it's place. Since it's adjustable, it removes the nerve wracking guesswork and QC issues
of re-drilling a new front sight roll pin straight.

So let's add it up, here, shall we? :

Accu-Strut-----------------------------------80.00$
Front Sight----------------------------------50.00$
A few boxes of ammo----------------------45.00$
Reduced gas bushings----------------------20.00$
Recoil reducers------------------------------14.00$
Targets---------------------------------------10.00$
Hours of time spent-------------------------???????$
________________________________________
Total-------------------------------------------219.00$

Gee whiz, I would have to say I humbly disagree with the original poster,
about
"the only thing needed to accurize a Mini-14", no offense, FWIW.
 
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