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Why does one mini14 feel heavier than another?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by elano, Dec 28, 2011.

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  1. elano

    elano Member

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    I was in a pawn shop earlier and was having trouble deciding between 2 different mini 14s.

    Mini 14 Tactical (regular synthetic stock) 16" barrel + flash supressor - new
    Mini 14 All weather same stock, had the new thicker 18" barrel - used

    The tactical was new, the all weather was used, for some reason the tactical model felt slightly heavier, especially at the forearm when holding up to the shoulder. This is counter intuitive since the shorter model should feel lighter. The flash supressor could not weight that much. Is there a different metallurgy that could have been used? The longer one seemed to balance better.


    I bought the tactical one because I liked the looks better, but now I'm thinking maybe I should go get the other one as well, but I'm wondering why it's lighter. Could this have something to do with the new one having a forged barrel and the used one not? The barrels both look the same diameter; both had 20 round mags. Thanks!


    Here are the 2 rifles,

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  2. sixgunner455

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    Weigh them. Barrel profile needs measuring at the same distances from the receiver to see if they are really the same diameter/contour. Perhaps the stocks aren't exactly the same - you can't tell without taking the action out of the stock.

    *shrug* I dunno.
     
  3. Bill_Rights

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    For the Mini-30, it looks from Ruger's pictures here http://www.ruger.com/products/miniThirty/models.html that the tactical one has a thicker barrel all the way out to the flash-hider, while the ranch rifle versions' barrels narrow down right after the gas clamp. Maybe. I don't entirely trust those pictures. And not sure how it translates to the Mini-14.
     
  4. elano

    elano Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I know it is a tough question without seeing them in person. I was just thinking maybe there was something I didn't know. I'm really debating picking up both!
     
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    I handled both rifles side by side at sportsauthority when i bought my 581. The barrel profiles are pretty much the same so i dunno, my rifle all kitted out comes in at around 8lbs.
     
  6. Magog

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    Man I would hate to be the dumb POS who sold a new MINI TAC at a pawn shop.

    I love mine so much they are going to put it in my box with me when I am done for this world.
     
  7. elano

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    Are all thicker barrelled minis hammer forged? Or was this something that was done to them later in production?
     
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