got my strut

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by CaseyChadwell, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. CaseyChadwell

    CaseyChadwell New Member

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    Ordered my strut Thursday, got it in the mail Monday. The rod doesn't look as good as the one from accustrut, but this one seems nicely made. Going to take it to the range tomorrow and see if it helps shrink my groups down any...

    Oh, the strut was $58 new including shipment from true shot technologies.
     
  2. hawkguy

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    i think you'll be pleased. does the true shot include the purple (high temp) loctite? my accu-strut had to have it to keep it from slipping.

    if you got a skinny barrel, expect your groups to be cut in half. :)

    and remember, use decent ammo when accuracy testing. :cool:
     

  3. CaseyChadwell

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    It didn't come with any, plan to put some on in the morning though.

    And I'm going to shoot it in with federal fusion and maybe some federal 62 grain fmjs. I'm kind of on the fence on what ammo to use for sure yet, I will be using it for coyotes up to 200 yards and maybe farther on one farm, so I am going to try some things out to see what she likes best.
     
  4. CaseyChadwell

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    OK, well, I'm definitely frustrated right now. With the strut I am still only getting five inch groups at 100 yards. That's with federal fusion, tula and winchester power point. Any ideas to help me shrink these groups down any?
     
  5. sputnik1988

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    What kind of stock are you running?
     
  6. sandog

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    Are you using a scope, and what magnification? What's your trigger pull ? Try some loads with a match bullet, Black Hills, HSM or ADI Australian Outback.
     
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  7. CaseyChadwell

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    Wood stock, factory. I am going to buy some 69 grain match hollow points and see how they do. And yes, I'm running a 3-9x40 scope.
     
  8. hawkguy

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    bullet brand and weight make a huge difference with my mini. my mini gun likes hornady v-max and shoots them to the tune of 1.5-2" groups. you might research your barrel twist rate and start from there. if I use straight plinking fare, I get 2.5-3" groups or so.

    hope it gets better. 5" groups is pretty bad (hard to even get a zero with that), mine shot much better than that out of the box. what series/model is your mini again?

    wait.....you do have the strut connected to your gas block, right? if so, be sure and check for any slipping also.

    and last BUT NOT LEAST......(this has happened to me :eek:).....CHECK your scope rings to be sure they have not come loose.

    there are a lot of variables....be sure you have checked everything.
     
  9. CaseyChadwell

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    The scope rings were very loose when I shot the first group that strung straight up and down. :eek: I should have checked that first, but I wasn't thinking at all. After I tightened the screws down it went from a foot for five shots straight up and down to shooting extremely high and the five inch groups. I checked a thread on minis on perfect union and seen that my 195 series mini is 1:7 twist. So I should be shooting 55 and 64 pretty good, so I don't think twist is the issue. I cleaned it extremely good tonight, I am going to put some loctite on the scope mount and see if that will help any.

    If Sputnik is around, I was thinking about having him shoot it some if interested. Maybe he would be able to see something that I am clearly missing? Idk, I'm getting frustrated and almost put it up at the gun shop today on consignment... but found a 20 round mag and bought it instead. :). It def looks a lot better now anyway!
     
  10. CaseyChadwell

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    update

    Took the mini to the indoor range today. First thing I did was move the strut clamps to see if that helped and tightened everything down real good. Groups (with Winchester 5.56 55grain fmj) shrunk quite a bit. Went from five inches to about three. Tightened the scope rings down and they shrunk another inch. I'm shooting 2" with the cheapest brass cased ammo I could find. Much happier now than what I was earlier this week for sure!
     
  11. hawkguy

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    there it is.....:)

    sometimes the simplest, most obvious things get overlooked.

    i almost got rid of a red dot on my mini, thinking it was defective. on my last session shooting, i realized my POS scope rings had shaken completely loose. got new rings....red dot now nails anything and everything inside of 50 yards. it was embarrassing, but lesson learned...:eek:

    if locktited and secured to the gas block....that strut should be a game changer.

    congrats on the 2" groups....check the shooting challenge in the stickes! :)
     
  12. CaseyChadwell

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    I'mgoing to be trying to put some buffers in it before I do much more shooting. The things throws brass farther than I can :) then I will look at the challenges in the stickies. I'm looking forward to having a mini that can shoot good. Thinking about getting a hogue stock soon...the factory stock is way to shot. I'm 6'6" and I need about two more inches of stock in order to make it more comfortable to shoot.
     
  13. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    Dang, just make it a pistol :D
     
  14. CaseyChadwell

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    Can anyone recommend a cheek rest riser if I decide to stay with the wood stock?
     
  15. hawkguy

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    sorry i got nuthin! :eek:

    i mounted my scope as low as possible, so i have never needed one.

    a great (although a bit pricey) investment i made was warne QD rings. worth every penny. scope comes off and on in a second, and holds VERY close to zero after repeatedly removing. also a great help when you clean.

    and i use wilson 1911 buffers on my mini. perfect fit, cheap...each one will last thousands of rounds.

    just thought i'd throw these suggestions out since i can't answer your actual question....:p
     
  16. hawkguy

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    is your stock an old "curved" butt one?

    if so.....
     

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  17. CaseyChadwell

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    That's the stock right there. I ended up picking up the small limbsaver recoil pad and put it on there. I think I am going to have to put some two sided tape or something on it because it doesn't want to stay on the stock too well. But it shoulders a lot better for me with my long arms and the eye relief for the scope is about as perfuleft as I could ask for. So that problem is solved now. Got all the locktite put on this morning, waiting for it to dry and plan on shooting it again in the morning unless I decide to go turkey hunting instead.
     
  18. CaseyChadwell

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    Ya know hawkguy, from one mini fan to another you should invite me down to the state of Texas to shoot some hogs with this mini ;-). I think that we would be able tk ...ummmm...do some scientific tests on whether the mini could withstand the pressure of a Texas hog hunt...?

    I think it sounded good anyway :-D
     
  19. CaseyChadwell

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    Oh, and coyotes...figured I would throw that in there as well :)
     
  20. ccase39

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    God I wish we had enough cayotes around here. We have them but they are scarce. I would love to varmit plink too, but no wide open field with prarie dogs either. I think that would be a friggin blast.