Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JCooperfan1911, May 24, 2021.
One thing I did before shooting it was to get a gas bushing kit from ASI (it's overgassed from the factory for reliability reasons) and installed a .040" gas bushing in lieu of the stock .080" gas bushing. This is supposed to enhance accuracy as the bolt doesn't slam back as hard, moving the receiver relative to the stock. It also does make it shoot super soft. Highly recommended.
As an aside, you can easily mount a scope to the new Mini's as they come with rings and even a picatinny rail from the factory. I have an old Leupold I'm going to mount soon and take it to my 100/200 yd. range to see how it shoots. Will report back. As for magazines, the Ruger mag's are steel and appear to be super rugged like combloc AK magazines. Yup, they cost more than AR mags, but appear to be worth it (and feed flawlessly).
All in all, I've been super pleased with my new Mini-14. Not as scary looking as my AR (to those who get scared by steel and plastic), and a lot of fun to shoot!
finally, 30 years after they were introduced Ruger decided to fix the Mini-14 accuracy issue by changing the barrel spec, it brought a smile to my face.
Despite the tiny-person LOP and "over-zealous" extraction, I like the original Mini-14s. I like the look of it and the feel of it ... accuracy after heating the barrel? ... eh, not so much.
I bought my first Mini-14 new & blue, a 181-, in the late '70s. Traded it a few years later. Replaced it with a gently-used, stainless 184- several years after that. I still have that 184-. A decade ago I installed a smaller gas port bushing to civilize the case ejection. EXCELLENT mod, btw.
I have never been a mag-dump kinda guy. Shooting rifles at paper, except when sighting-in, holds no interest for me either.
While walking the hills/woods/fields if I come across something that I feel needs to be shot, I expect to put it down in one, or maybe two, shots.
In the past ~30 years I have only rarely shot my Mini-14 more than 2-3 rounds at a time. Under those conditions, it is acceptably accurate. If it were not for my slowly-increasing presbyopia, I have no doubt that I would still have no problem taking down a varmint at up to 150yds over the default irons (assuming a decent "rest" or "lean-against" availability ).
As much as I like the Mini-14s, I would not buy one now as they, long ago, passed into the range of what I think of as Stupidly Expensive.
Acoupla years ago when I built my last AR Uppers & Lowers, I realized that I could build 2 decent ARs for the cost of 1 NIB Mini-14.
My 184- is still a fine companion for farm walkabout, however.
If I were in the market for a semiauto .223 right now, I'd have to go with an AR. Price, modularity, aftermarket support, etc., all go in its favor. With that said, there's still one perfectly good reason to own a Mini: To feel like Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith:
Oh, and by the way, he's about to get his fingers taken right off.
If you're bolting it to a bench? No it won't hold up against someones 12 pound varmint AR.
If you're going out and shooting over the hood of your pickup? A properly tuned Mini will be just fine.
I never went super into finding the most accurate loads for mine, but with a 4x scope, new gas bushing, extra power recoil spring, barrel strut, and mixed brass handloads I could get groups a hair over 1" wide and about 2"-2.5" high. From sandbags, of course.
The new ones the strut is less important. I havn't put them on any others besides the one. People do see accuracy improvements with them though.
The big thing is to tune the gas system. (How well do ARs run when not gassed properly?) Minis are overgassed from the factory for reliability. (Which is why they chuck brass into the next county and will cycle 22 Hornet level loads.) Replace the gas bushing with a smaller one. Accuracy Systems sells a $30-$40 kit that has several sizes.
I could go on for pages, but you've already been pointed towards PerfectUnion.
Company called Samson is making those stocks again from Ruger blueprints.
Ruger is selling them, too. The model is called the A-TM. lol
That is far and away the most attractive "AR" I've ever seen! I'd never heard of the company before, and unfortunately when I checked their website the only models listed with wood are carbine-length - not nearly as pretty...
Nice. Who makes that stock or is it a one off custom job?
The Fightlite company sells the lowers with stocks already fitted. The one in the photo was a custom job. It is common for guys to take Rem 1100 stocks and do the fitting by hand, apparently it is a pretty simple job.
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