Stock recommendation

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by BombDoc, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. BombDoc

    BombDoc New Member

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    I've grown a little tired of the Butler Creek folder on my mini-14. I would like some recommendations for good stock. I'm open to most any idea.
     
  2. doctherock

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    What mini do you have? Is it the new one. I bought the ATI strikeforce fvor mine and love it. Has the 6 position adjustable m-4 style stock, folds and I like it.
     

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  3. Snakedriver

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    I use a Ramline composite and it has been a really good stock. Nice tight fit.
     

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  4. BombDoc

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    Thanks guys. I was leaning toward a Hogue, similar to the Ram. I'm not that happy with the pistol grip either.

    My mini is 30 or so. 182 Series.
     
  5. rifleman55

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    I'd go with the Ramline also, the Houge is much harder to bed should you want to do so. Nothing wrong with the stock wood stock either. Some seem to get the best accuray with them, and they are really easy to bed. Wood stocks hold the bedding much better than the synthetic stocks do.
    I don't care for the stickyness of the Houge either. Should you shoot benchrest, they don't allow the rifle to recoil backwards.

    That ramline is a nice looking stock. As to the ATI, I lost accuracy when I went to the ATI from my wood stock, I bedded the action and gas block, but it still has not shot as well as my wood stock did. My wood stock went to a stock maker who wanted to make Mini stocks and have on that was well bedded to copy, it's been gone a long time. I'll be glad to get it back.
    I loaned ny Mini to Ken Farrel so he could make a good mount that did not depend on the scallops in the Mini for ring or rail location, I got it back pretty fast along with one of the new rails he is producing. A little on the expensive side and requires gunsmith installation, but worth every dime if you lke having the best on your mini. No more worries about badly cut scallops wrecking my scopes and the scope alignment to the bore is perfect.

    John K
     
  6. BombDoc

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    I was considering the wood stock from Ruger. I assume since it didn't mention it, it would be fine for post-180 series.
     
  7. Snakedriver

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    Stocky's Stocks has a nice laminated wood stock available in 9 colors called the "Explorer" that is made to fit the Mini-14. It also comes in solid walnut material if you like. While I don't have one for my Mini, I have similar ones on my 10/22 and my Savage 116. Both were perfect drop-in fits that required no modifications. Stocky's are good people to deal with. Very knowledgable.

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    Explorer Ruger Mini 14 / 30 Lightweight Classic Stock

    Here's pics. of my other guns that have similar stocks:
     

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  8. BombDoc

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    Thanks. That walnut is looking good to me.
     
  9. Snakedriver

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    Even though they rarely have any of them "in stock", their backorder period is only about 2 weeks. They are very friendly and helpful at Stocky's, so don't be afraid to give them a call about what you want. :cool:
     
  10. KMO

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    If you like the wood stocks, find a used factory birch stock on eBay (or maybe from one of the guys here), sand it down to the bare wood, and choose your own finish. Birch is pretty unpredictable, so use a pre-stain on it first. Every stock ends up looking very unique...you'll have one that doesn't look like anyone else's...;)
     
  11. BombDoc

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    Thanks. I will look into that. Hell, maybe someone really wants that Butler Creek and it will be a win-win for both parties.
     
  12. DocWard

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    Well, my Hogue overmolded stock arrived today. Went immediately and opened it and put it on. It is a little grippier than I had anticipated, but not thinking that is a bad thing. It was a cinch to switch out. It is a bit longer than the wooden stock and feels more comfortable, but still "carbine like." Will let everyone know as soon as I shoot it.
     
  13. BombDoc

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    I think I might go with the factory Ruger piece. I like the look of the aftermarket ones people have posted links to but I want one I dull-up a bit and not feel like I'm killing something.
     
  14. DocWard

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    The Hogue wasn't expensive for me, and other than the better length of pull, I like the fact that I don't have to worry about marking up a nice wooden stock.