Mini 14 rebarrel help


January 9, 2010, 11:11 PM
I have a Ruger Mini 14 223 Ranch - I would like to put a new Shilen HB on it. Every gunsmith I email - says No Thanks - whats up with that?

Is there a problem with the barrel or the rifle?

Thanks and suggestions?


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January 10, 2010, 01:08 AM
If the outside diameter of the new barrel is greater than that of the original barrel (which is sort of the point of a heavy barrel), then you will need a new/modified gas block assembly and a new front sight assembly. I have read that replacing the front sight assembly on a mini is a royal pain in the posterior.

Your best bet will almost certainly be one of the nationally known shops that works on mini's, like Accuracy Systems. They have a very good reputation.

You might also ask around on the Mini-14 Forum at Perfect Union, and they'll be able to steer you in the right direction.

January 10, 2010, 02:06 AM
You might want to try a strut before you rebarrel it... run a search for "strut" and homemade and accu-strut and har-bar at perfectunion.

January 10, 2010, 08:01 PM
Well I see what you say about the accustrut deal. One problem - being a new bee I saw what I thought was a good deal at - bought the Shilen barrel. It has a reduced thickness area for the gas port.

I dont need a front sight as I will use a scope and probably a recoild muzzle break.

Accuracy looks good but - some what embarrased to call them - they show the Shilen barrel as an example of what not to use:uhoh:

Now what?

January 10, 2010, 08:31 PM
Check out a Mo-Rod strut. I think they're nicest and he lists them on ebay. Struts do help a Mini 14.

January 10, 2010, 09:52 PM
Found them too. Any idea why CCG stopped selling there addon heavy barrel?

January 11, 2010, 02:57 AM
I have one of these "Clark harmonic dampers" for sale. It only fits the original style rifles with the ramp type front sight but it really works. I haven't listed it yet but if anyone is interested IM me.

January 11, 2010, 11:19 AM
+1 for ASI. They're the cats meow for Mini 14/30 help.

Ed Harris
January 11, 2010, 12:19 PM
For the money you will spend trying to make your Mini 14 shoot accurately, you could buy an AR which will, and for less money.

January 11, 2010, 12:46 PM
The OP lives in NY so maybe he CAN'T OWN AN AR

January 11, 2010, 10:15 PM

I already have an AR, just wanted to spice up my ranch rifle a bit. Already own the Shilen Barrel as well.


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