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Posted: 7/15/2008 9:49:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/15/2008 9:57:28 PM EDT by ezielinski]
Well, I finally updated my old Ruger Mini-14 to a near "GB" condition. I added a Choate (DuraCoated ACU Light Tan) stock and flash hider, 3 picatinny rails, a Harris bipod adaptor, and a vertical foregrip. It's now one of a kind. What do you think?

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l88/GreenvilleRoute/Assault%20Rifles/071508001.jpg
Link Posted: 7/15/2008 9:53:42 PM EDT
tag because I like
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:15:49 AM EDT
Looks good..... how does it shoot?
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 5:07:27 AM EDT
What series is yours ? Mines a 187 series. Good job !! WarDawg
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 5:19:15 AM EDT
Looks good. Think I'd go with a lower power scope myself, like a fixed 4x or less.

How do you like the fit of that stock? To you and to the action?
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 5:53:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 7:26:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 7:37:48 AM EDT by ezielinski]
I'ts a 188 Series. The fit of the action to the stock is tight. I've had the magazines (5 of 'em) since I bought the rifle back in the early '90s. Only one has ever given me feed problems. As for how it shoots, it has the older style "pencil thin" barrel, which will group 5 shots in about 3" at 50 yards (even though the scope is well designed for 100 yards, I don't usually shoot that far with it). Eventually, the barrel will get replaced if I can find an aftermarket match-grade replacement.

I mainly updated the rifle because it became "orphaned" by all the assault rifles in my collection. I stopped shooting it in favor of my Colt Match Target HBAR, G3, etc. I'm not a fan of traditionally stocked rifles, hense the Choate stock.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 8:02:37 AM EDT
Why do you have a scope and a flashlight. And...a grip and a bi-pod?

The flashlight and grip would generally be for close-in work. The bi-pod and scope would generally be for long-range work.

Pick a range and stick with it.

Link Posted: 7/16/2008 8:23:31 AM EDT
BECAUSE IT'S MINE AND IT LOOKS COOL.

Anyway, wasn't the Mini-14 considered the "do-all" rifle back in it's day? I have a Picatinny rail mount with a Red-Dot I can swap out for the 3-9x50. If you want me to take 15 pictures of the rifle in each of it's configurations, then whatever - the photo is PURELY representative of what can be mounted on the rifle at any given time. I have a extra laser laying around somewhere that I can put on the third forward rail if you want to complain some more.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 8:26:16 AM EDT
You sound a little defensive.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 8:27:59 AM EDT
Plus, you asked what I thought.

And, I'm right.

And, school's out.
Link Posted: 7/17/2008 7:53:28 AM EDT
I had one with that stock in camo, and I really liked the stock, less the rails. Pretty bullet proof.

That is the one gun I have sold that I really regret.

Doc
Link Posted: 7/17/2008 6:56:09 PM EDT
Get yourself a gripod, save weight and space
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 11:33:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2008 12:13:08 PM EDT by ezielinski]

Originally Posted By tha_weird1:
Get yourself a gripod, save weight and space


I saw one of those grip-pods, I just had the Harris bipod on my AR, so I take it off when I need it, rather than buy another accessory. I'm not hiking miles with it, so weight isn't a concern.


Originally Posted By slash-5:
Why do you have a scope and a flashlight. And...a grip and a bi-pod?

The flashlight and grip would generally be for close-in work. The bi-pod and scope would generally be for long-range work.

Pick a range and stick with it.





I like this XCR rifle from Robinson Arms Company. Oh my God! Is that a folded bipod on that gun? It's a travisty - it has a vertical foregrip, a scope AND a collapsible stock. I think there's going to be another Spanish Inquisition!

That's for you numbnutts! (slash-5)

Why don't you send them an e-mail telling them the same thing you told me.


Originally Posted By slash-5:

And, I'm right.

And, school's out.



And obviously, school's back in session - go back to class! The teacher's name is Robinson, as in Robinson Armament Co.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 11:43:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2008 11:44:48 AM EDT by Kihn]

Originally Posted By ezielinski:
I'ts a 188 Series. The fit of the action to the stock is tight. I've had the magazines (5 of 'em) since I bought the rifle back in the early '90s. Only one has ever given me feed problems. As for how it shoots, it has the older style "pencil thin" barrel, which will group 5 shots in about 3" at 50 yards (even though the scope is well designed for 100 yards, I don't usually shoot that far with it). Eventually, the barrel will get replaced if I can find an aftermarket match-grade replacement.

I mainly updated the rifle because it became "orphaned" by all the assault rifles in my collection. I stopped shooting it in favor of my Colt Match Target HBAR, G3, etc. I'm not a fan of traditionally stocked rifles, hense the Choate stock.


Have you tried out the Perfect Union BBS for tips on how to accurize it? Cutting the barrel back to 16" and hanging one of the heavier comps on it is supposed to close up the groups respectably. Believe you can have the barrel cut and threaded 1/2 x 28mm and trigger work done for a really nice pull for around $200. They're talking under 3-4 inch groups at 100 yds consistently.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 11:46:34 AM EDT
Looks good!
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 11:55:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Kihn:

Originally Posted By ezielinski:
I'ts a 188 Series. The fit of the action to the stock is tight. I've had the magazines (5 of 'em) since I bought the rifle back in the early '90s. Only one has ever given me feed problems. As for how it shoots, it has the older style "pencil thin" barrel, which will group 5 shots in about 3" at 50 yards (even though the scope is well designed for 100 yards, I don't usually shoot that far with it). Eventually, the barrel will get replaced if I can find an aftermarket match-grade replacement.

I mainly updated the rifle because it became "orphaned" by all the assault rifles in my collection. I stopped shooting it in favor of my Colt Match Target HBAR, G3, etc. I'm not a fan of traditionally stocked rifles, hense the Choate stock.


Have you tried out the Perfect Union BBS for tips on how to accurize it? Cutting the barrel back to 16" and hanging one of the heavier comps on it is supposed to close up the groups respectably. Believe you can have the barrel cut and threaded 1/2 x 28mm and trigger work done for a really nice pull for around $200. They're talking under 3-4 inch groups at 100 yds consistently.


I'll have to check them out. Thanks.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 6:01:08 PM EDT
Not a major fan of the Mini but I do have a soft spot for them. Nice work. Makes it look a little modern. Now I wish Ruger sold them like that as GB models with spare parts and well priced magazines.
Link Posted: 7/18/2008 8:43:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/18/2008 8:50:00 PM EDT by BattletweeteR]

Originally Posted By ezielinski:
Only one has ever given me feed problems. As for how it shoots, it has the older style "pencil thin" barrel, which will group 5 shots in about 3" at 50 yards (even though the scope is well designed for 100 yards, I don't usually shoot that far with it). Eventually, the barrel will get replaced if I can find an aftermarket match-grade replacement.


check out one of these:

http://www.accu-strut.com/

it give my mini a 20 round 1.6 inch grouping (50yards) with cheap ass monarch ammo.

good looking mini BTW



Link Posted: 7/18/2008 8:45:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Kihn:


Have you tried out the Perfect Union BBS for tips on how to accurize it?


+1

the best websight ever for mini-14s!!!!!
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 5:46:13 AM EDT
FWIW, I've found that 550 cord works pretty good with that Choate stock, if you want to make a cheek rest for it.

Am tempted to try attaching a rail to my stock. A VFG might be kinda neato.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:53:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BattletweeteR:

Originally Posted By ezielinski:
Only one has ever given me feed problems. As for how it shoots, it has the older style "pencil thin" barrel, which will group 5 shots in about 3" at 50 yards (even though the scope is well designed for 100 yards, I don't usually shoot that far with it). Eventually, the barrel will get replaced if I can find an aftermarket match-grade replacement.


check out one of these:

www.accu-strut.com/

it give my mini a 20 round 1.6 inch grouping (50yards) with cheap ass monarch ammo.

good looking mini BTW





Made the link hot. Looks like a good idea.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 2:24:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ezielinski:

Originally Posted By BattletweeteR:

Originally Posted By ezielinski:
Only one has ever given me feed problems. As for how it shoots, it has the older style "pencil thin" barrel, which will group 5 shots in about 3" at 50 yards (even though the scope is well designed for 100 yards, I don't usually shoot that far with it). Eventually, the barrel will get replaced if I can find an aftermarket match-grade replacement.


check out one of these:

www.accu-strut.com/

it give my mini a 20 round 1.6 inch grouping (50yards) with cheap ass monarch ammo.

good looking mini BTW





Made the link hot. Looks like a good idea.


you can also make your own strut,

http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/showthread.php?t=49785


but the accu-strut is well made,
and way better than the home made contraption i made.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 8:18:31 AM EDT
Looks good!
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