There's a New Mini-14 Accurizing Guide Coming Soon

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by Z-Man, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Z-Man

    Z-Man New Member

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    I wanted to let everyone know, I'm fine and enjoying this new thing called retirement.

    After 26 years of getting up early, putting on a uniform, or rolling out of a rack in a foreign country...sleeping in till 6am, putting on jeans and a tshirt, and rolling out of my own bed is a wonderful thing.

    That being said, I purchased a new Mini in Novemebr, and I've been putting it through it's paces in order to set a baseline for a new "Accurizing a Mini" article that I promise will rival the benchmark accurizing thread I wrote about the Mini14 nearly a decade ago.

    For those of you that aren't familiar with that article, it was the first comprehensive testing/trial/modification/proof of concept article ever written on the Mini-14, and it set the stage for an entire range of accurizing modifications such as barrel shortening, harmonic balancers, gas block tweaks, and even muzzle brake installations, that followed for the next decade.

    The new generations of Mini's are definitely more accurate than those of 10 years ago, but, there are improvements that can be made. And I promise, what I am doing to make the newest Mini the most accurate and reliable rifle will put a smile on your face.

    Just like ten years ago...everything will be be cheap, easy, 100% DIY...and will not affect reliability or performance in any way...except for the better.

    So, I hope all of you will bear with me until all of the final testing and documentation is completed...because I need to work it in between my sleeping in, servicing the wife, and sorting the empty beer cans.
     
  2. dunamisnc

    dunamisnc New Member

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    I'm not far from you in the Sanford area but am in the process of moving out to the Hickory area to start a new job. Anyway looking forward to checking out your write up.
     

  3. GunDoc

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    I look forward to your next article Z-Man. For those of you who don't know Z-Man, his insights on another board are still talked about.

    Let me know if you need any help Z!

    John
     
  4. Z-Man

    Z-Man New Member

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    Thanks.

    I've been in this area for a long time now and I love it here. I originally got stationed here in 1985 at Camp McCall when our Special Forces group was tasked to provide training within the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center. It's been amazing to see how the Sandhills, Fayetteville, Raliegh, and even Sanford have grown in that time.

    Now that I've retired, I'm hoping to actually play some golf...and tinker with the Mini!
     
  5. bluesea

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    I am looking forward to reading about your findings as well. I own one of the original Mini-14's, and I have been thinking about selling it to buy a new heavy barrel model. If there is an alternative to gain some accuracy, then I would enjoy learning about it. I own semi auto rifles built on every platform, but the mini's action is the only one I would stake my life on. No matter what the conditions are, I know that the mini is going to go "bang", cycle, and load a fresh round without error every time. I don't have that kind of confidence in my "AR" actions. I just wish the mini didn't have to go "bang", "bang", "bang", "bang", "bang" before one of the bullets finally hits the bulls eye.
     
  6. Z-Man

    Z-Man New Member

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    Thanks John!

    Hope all is well for you and your family.

    I'm actually in the middle of doing some side-by-side testing on a couple of different struts to see what I can learn. Those things are proving to be super-finicky for testing.

    One thing that still remains the same after 10 years, as you already know, is that a proper bedding job is still a cheap, easy, and foolproof way to shrink a group size.

    Best regards, and I'll keep you in the loop.
     
  7. Z-Man

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    I don't know what production model Mini you have, but, if you do a Google search on my user name + mini-14 accurizing, you'll find my original report and testing results at another shooting forum. That original article covers most early versions - 180's thru 196's - standard and ranch.
     
  8. masterPsmith

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    If you need any other help or insight, let me know. I started working on accurizing Mini's back in the late 70s and still do so to this day. I would be more than glad to contribute if requested. Looking forward to your right-up.

    Jim...................
     
  9. Z-Man

    Z-Man New Member

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    Thanks for the offer, Jim. I'll be sure to keep you in mind.

    (I see you're from the lush, temperate, rain soaked town of Barstow. LOL. I spent almost a year there at Ft Irwin doing joint operations training.)

     
  10. 10-22Plinker

    10-22Plinker New Member

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    Will your new book apply to the older Mini's also?
     
  11. KMO

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    I certainly hope the Mo-Rod is in this mix. If not, let's get one shipped to you!
     
  12. Z-Man

    Z-Man New Member

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    Yes, this version is covering from old to new, four models including a stainless Ranch Rifle, and the newest one I can get my hands on next month.

    KMO - don't worry, your in, and a PM has been sent.
     
  13. KMO

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    Woo-Hoo! I believe our products will prove to be "Mo-Better"! :cool:
     
  14. scottybaccus

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    Hey Z-Man! Love your thread on cutting down the barrel. I am about to undertake the same course of action, though centered around a good factory load. I wasn't clear on where you eneded up. Was it at 17" or so? Any wisdom to offer?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  15. masterPsmith

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    I'm a little late in responding, have been spending my time lately re-roofing my house. I'm just outside of Barstow in Newberry Springs. I know Ft. Irwin very well, I was the Post Locksmith for 13 years while my wife handled the daily retail end of my gunshop in Newberry.

    Jim.........
     
  16. 10-22Plinker

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    Well I finally got my hands on a 196 series Mini-14.

    No rush Z-man, but how soon do you think you will have your book finished?

    Count me in for purchasing a copy when you are finished!

    Now to build up a good supply of magazines and ammo, before I start to add things to her... :)
     
  17. KMO

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    www.mo-rod.com ... for when you're ready to add ;)
     
  18. 10-22Plinker

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    Thanks Mo. :D

    FWIW I am formerly from Phoenix, AZ.

    Just moved here last year...
     
  19. 10-22Plinker

    10-22Plinker New Member

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    By the way Mo: Has anyone ever pinned the Mo-rod to the gas block?

    And: Have you considered sodablasting the silver version, so that it better matches the stainless finish on a 196 series Stainless Ranch? :confused:
     
  20. plumbernater

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    By being pinned do you mean like this, It is attached by set screws to the gas block.
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    Ive got MO stuff on it too, like the MO REAPER.
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