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Posted: 7/16/2008 6:54:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 7:01:22 AM EDT by Chris_1522]
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 7:14:28 AM EDT
Sounds like a really solid plan to me. I'd guess you're looking at $100-200 for the chop and thread work.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:38:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 4:52:14 PM EDT by cz75fan]
Hmmmm, very interesting. The only problem, maybe, if I'm not mistaken you will have to enlarge the inside of the sight/bayonet lug to get it in the position you want on the barrel. Mini barrels slightly increase in diameter in that area. There might be enough tolerances in the sight/muzzle brake though to go over that. Of course if you have the machinery to do that no sweat and an excellent idea. In fact you could probably make a few extra bucks doing that service for others.


Here's a pic for ya
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[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 8:07:43 PM EDT by Paveway_]
Want to get the best bang for your buck on your mini?

www.greatwestgunsmithing.com/

Call this guy, spec what you want. Listen to any advice he has and do it.

Great guy. He did my mini a few years ago. Smooth transaction. I UPSed him my rifle and UPSed it back once done.
Link Posted: 7/17/2008 3:46:55 AM EDT
I also love the Mini-14. I did something similar to mine: I had the muzzle threaded 1/2x28 and put on an M-16 Birdcage flash hider. My problem was, the barrel was junk, so I had a new barrel put on, then mounted the flash hider. It now shoots very well, more than I could say when it was new.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 7:32:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 9:19:36 AM EDT by GySgtD]
As far as the rear sight goes, I replaced mine quite some time ago with a "buck horn" type from Ram-Line. While the build quality is even worse (it's made of plastic), it makes sighting considerably quicker.

Something that I did yesterday which you might want to consider is to add an Ulti-Mak rail and a co-witnessed electronic sight.

It's difficult to take a decent pic with a camera that has no manual focus, but you get the idea:




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I did something similar, but chopped the barrel to 13 inches and permanently welded a similar flash hider/and sight up front to make 16.5 inches.

I called Ruger prior and asked if they thought a 13 inch tube would work w/o gas modifcation...they told me and said they never heard of it.

I think he charged me $75 +/- IIRC and the gun works great, and is actually more accurate. Added a little plastic buffer to reduce recoil and the thing sings...


I would buy another Mini if they made a 14 incher with a perm Vortex to get 16. That would sell off the racks...
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 5:49:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Chris_1522:


Once upon a time I was a machinist and could do the work in a couple hours free time at work.

I kind of regret changing career paths sometimes.



Don't. The machining trade has it's benefits, but you really need to love it if you're going to stay with it for any length of time. There are less stressful, easier jobs out there that pay better.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 4:10:34 AM EDT
I would look at one of the bolt on bayonet lugs they sell for ban period AR rifles, cheaper than dirt sells them, they are made by DPMS I think. As for choping and threading the barrel, lots of people do that, it seems to really improve the accuracy of the Mini14s.

Post pics.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 4:14:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By Chris_1522:


Once upon a time I was a machinist and could do the work in a couple hours free time at work.

I kind of regret changing career paths sometimes.



Don't. The machining trade has it's benefits, but you really need to love it if you're going to stay with it for any length of time. There are less stressful, easier jobs out there that pay better.



I would love to learn about the machinist trade, have actually thought of taking adult ed classes at the local vo tec this fall. I wonder if they would let me machine an 80% AR lower reciever for class
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 4:21:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 4:24:53 AM EDT by Kihn]

Originally Posted By Chris_1522:
I think I'm going to go with the M-1 Carbine type sight offered by these guys.

I might go with an offering from Millet or maybe XS, though. Haven't decided. I wish the new Mini-14 sight would fit.


If you're good with a dremel just wait till the next gun show and pick up a M-1 carbine rear sight ~ $20. There are instructions on-line how to do it (where raf directed you). Did it myself and turned out great.
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[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 9:02:18 AM EDT by cz75fan]
Not exactly what your looking at doing, but this is what i done to my Mini. Cut and crowned the barrel right behind the original sight which put it a little longer than 16" then added the Choate fh/sight. Made it a whole bunch easier for me to pick up the front sight. Had a heck of a time with the original ramp sight. Oh and BTW I like my Minis too. I've got this one and a blued GB

Rick
SGF, Mo.


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Link Posted: 7/19/2008 2:10:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raf:

Most people say a can degrades accuracy to some extent.

What is the accuracy of your GB with and without the can? Please specify the range.


On burst or auto?
I have noticed some endcap rubs....most likely due to barrel whip. Never had that problem with the can on AR barrels. With all honesty, it's mostly been fired with .22LR lately...5.56 with a happy switch gets spendy. But i must say i am happy with the SCAR-CQB stock. It is pretty solid. It actually had to be fitted, as it comes tight.

I'm happy.

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[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 2:36:46 PM EDT by raf]
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 3:25:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raf:


Can you please give a link to the SCAR stock?


www.scarstock.com/SCAR_STOCK.html
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