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Posted: 9/4/2008 10:32:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2008 12:24:12 PM EDT by machinisttx]
I'm replacing the weak original with an extra power version from wolff. Easy to get the old one off, tough to get the new one on...

That is all.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:18:22 AM EDT
Anyone got a tip/trick for getting this thing back in? The trigger group is nearly identical to an M14/garand.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:20:29 AM EDT
Ummm... push on it?

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:22:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By the_naked_prophet:
Ummm... push on it?



I wish it was that easy. The new spring is probably 2x the strength of the original.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:23:53 AM EDT
Not trying to be a smartass or anything, but what was wrong with the old spring?
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:25:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By the_naked_prophet:
Ummm... push on it?



I wish it was that easy. The new spring is probably 2x the strength of the original.


Push harder?

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:28:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2008 11:30:25 AM EDT by machinisttx]

Originally Posted By mr0w1:
Not trying to be a smartass or anything, but what was wrong with the old spring?



I got an occasional light strike/failure to fire. I also replaced the original recoil spring.

I've posted about this gun several times. A coworker found it in his grandmother's pond. AND BEFORE ANYONE ASKS, YES I HAD THE NUMBERS RUN. It was in bad shape when I got it(free), and I'm slowly rebuilding it.

ETA--I just got it in. I'm going to have to make a spring compressor......
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:31:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By mr0w1:
Not trying to be a smartass or anything, but what was wrong with the old spring?



I got an occasional light strike/failure to fire. I also replaced the original recoil spring.

I've posted about this gun several times. A coworker found it in his grandmother's pond. AND BEFORE ANYONE ASKS, YES I HAD THE NUMBERS RUN. It was in bad shape when I got it(free), and I'm slowly rebuilding it.

ETA--I just got it in. I'm going to have to make a spring compressor......



Gotcha -- good luck with that.

What's it look like? (Other than a Mini.)
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:31:52 AM EDT
If they are anything like an M14/M1, it IS a pain.  Hold the trigger group "pointing" toward you and press in on the trigger/spring with your thumb.  Get a small punch, or something similar, to use as a slave pin and insert it in just far enough to hold the housing in.  For me, the next step was to align the trigger with the pin holes.  To do this on my M1A, I had to take a screwdriver shank, about 3/8" in diameter, and place between the curve of the trigger and the rear of the trigger guard.  Then, when I pushed more on the assembly, the screwdriver shank cammed the trigger up to where I could line up the holes.  Pushed the pin in and through the holes pushing out the slave pin.

Hope that made sense.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:37:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gordo99:
If they are anything like an M14/M1, it IS a pain.  Hold the trigger group "pointing" toward you and press in on the trigger/spring with your thumb.  Get a small punch, or something similar, to use as a slave pin and insert it in just far enough to hold the housing in.  For me, the next step was to align the trigger with the pin holes.  To do this on my M1A, I had to take a screwdriver shank, about 3/8" in diameter, and place between the curve of the trigger and the rear of the trigger guard.  Then, when I pushed more on the assembly, the screwdriver shank cammed the trigger up to where I could line up the holes.  Pushed the pin in and through the holes pushing out the slave pin.

Hope that made sense.


I ended up just working the spring/strut assembly into position with some needle nose pliers. The strut has a retaining pin hole to capture the spring, but the problem was that the spring is just too strong to compress it enough to insert a capture pin--leading to the need for a spring compressor.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:38:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mr0w1:

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By mr0w1:
Not trying to be a smartass or anything, but what was wrong with the old spring?



I got an occasional light strike/failure to fire. I also replaced the original recoil spring.

I've posted about this gun several times. A coworker found it in his grandmother's pond. AND BEFORE ANYONE ASKS, YES I HAD THE NUMBERS RUN. It was in bad shape when I got it(free), and I'm slowly rebuilding it.

ETA--I just got it in. I'm going to have to make a spring compressor......



Gotcha -- good luck with that.

What's it look like? (Other than a Mini.)


Gimmie a few minutes and I'll find the before/now pictures.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:38:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2008 11:39:10 AM EDT by VBC]
Sounds like trying to get a cat into a bathtub.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:45:20 AM EDT
Ah, rescuing a poor orphan and restoring her to health!  Best of luck!

Sorry to hear that "push harder" didn't work.

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:48:20 AM EDT
Don't rule out headspacing.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:49:22 AM EDT
No advice here, but tagged for pics of the pond-gun.


Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:53:20 AM EDT
Boy, I paid $180 for a nib Mini-14 way way back and I didn't think it was worth that then.  Accuracy was not even a hope from this "rifle",  It stayed in the safe for a long time before I sold it for over $500.  so I got lucky.

My opinion, I would never own another one, even if I found it.  Not worth the cash to get is back into running condition.

There was a reason someone tossed it in to that pond...

But hey it's your money, so if you like it all the power to ya,  good luck.

put the hammer in a vise, use both hands to put the spring on, use some tools if you need to, pretty tough to really mess up a spring.

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:53:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By machinisttx:
Anyone got a tip/trick for getting this thing back in?

Push on it like ya got a pair.  
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 11:58:57 AM EDT
TAG for pics
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 12:04:03 PM EDT
Pics of it how I got it--will get some "now" pics in a couple of minutes.













Here it is after some TLC with 0000 steel wool and WD40



















Pics of the rifle as it sits now will be up in a couple of minutes.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 12:22:50 PM EDT
How it sits now...











It ain't pretty, but I don't have to care about dinging it up either.





Link Posted: 9/4/2008 12:43:31 PM EDT
That's a great fixer-upper.

And this is another example why you shouldn't take your guns in the boat with you.  
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 1:43:25 PM EDT
Wow, that's awesome.

And who cares if it's a mini-14, it still shoots things. Esp for a free project, right?
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 1:49:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By the_naked_prophet:

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By the_naked_prophet:
Ummm... push on it?



I wish it was that easy. The new spring is probably 2x the strength of the original.


Push harder?



Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:47:24 PM EDT
how did it get in the pond?

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:49:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



this is arfcom, you should ALREADY know the answer.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:52:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



Don't know, don't really care.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:52:46 PM EDT
Cool post.

hope you get the spring back on.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:54:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



The question should be why it was in the pond.?

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:54:14 PM EDT
You did a good job rebuilding that gun.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:56:35 PM EDT
abasive blast and hot blue and you will never know teh diffrence..

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 2:59:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By opti12206:
You did a good job rebuilding that gun.


It's not rebuilt yet, just restored to functional. When I first got it, I had to put the butt of the stock on the ground and stomp the charging handle to get the bolt open.

I'm thinking about designing and milling out a new adjustable gas block to accommodate a heavier barrel + maybe getting an aftermarket trigger. I've stoned the factory trigger and it's not too bad, just way too long.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 3:15:58 PM EDT
Did you stay last night after I left and shoot with the guys?
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 3:17:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Did you stay last night after I left and shoot with the guys?


Nope, I left right after you did. Then got lost trying to remember a shortcut home...then ended up back out on 901.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 3:43:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Did you stay last night after I left and shoot with the guys?


Nope, I left right after you did. Then got lost trying to remember a shortcut home...then ended up back out on 901.



Can't get lost going down 377

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 4:02:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Did you stay last night after I left and shoot with the guys?


Nope, I left right after you did. Then got lost trying to remember a shortcut home...then ended up back out on 901.



Can't get lost going down 377



There's a shortcut back home off 901, it's just been so long since I took it + being dark I couldn't remember it. I'm going to have to google earth it.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:10:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By opti12206:
You did a good job rebuilding that gun.


It's not rebuilt yet, just restored to functional. When I first got it, I had to put the butt of the stock on the ground and stomp the charging handle to get the bolt open.

I'm thinking about designing and milling out a new adjustable gas block to accommodate a heavier barrel + maybe getting an aftermarket trigger. I've stoned the factory trigger and it's not too bad, just way too long.


good for a hobby project.  Parkerize it and you might have a real nice truck/trunk gun.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:13:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



My guess would be gravity.  
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:14:18 PM EDT
Can't beat free
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:17:16 PM EDT
Put some oomph into it, girly man.

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:17:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bob1984:

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



My guess would be gravity.  


Captain OBIVIOUS.  Probably stolen from a dead guy.  Only the ATF can run origins, from distributor to gunshop.  Then they have to search the bound book and look at the 4473.  

I would bead blast, then electroless nickel.  Looks like stainless without the galling.

The bore is probably toast BUT since Ruger made them with .3085 bores, it could be lapped smooth to a bit larger and still function with acceptable accuracy.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:20:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By Bob1984:

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



My guess would be gravity.  


Captain OBIVIOUS.  Probably stolen from a dead guy.  Only the ATF can run origins, from distributor to gunshop.  Then they have to search the bound book and look at the 4473.  

I would bead blast, then electroless nickel.  Looks like stainless without the galling.

The bore is probably toast BUT since Ruger made them with .3085 bores, it could be lapped smooth to a bit larger and still function with acceptable accuracy.


Surprisingly, the bore is actually still bright and shiny. It's got a couple of visible pits, but otherwise is more than acceptable. The cheap red dot that's on it has a 5 MOA dot, and it shoots at least that with Wolf ammo...in my limited bench testing anyway. Haven't bothered to run any U.S. ammo through it or try handloads.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:21:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



The inevitable "tragic boating accident" that you always hear about on this board.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:24:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:25:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
abasive blast and hot blue and you will never know teh diffrence..



Or polish it out and re-blue it... but at least give it a good finish.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:26:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rexydg7:

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
abasive blast and hot blue and you will never know teh diffrence..



Or polish it out and re-blue it... but at least give it a good finish.


I think I'll do a duracoat camo job on it.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:26:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Keith_J:
The bore is probably toast BUT since Ruger made them with .3085 bores, it could be lapped smooth to a bit larger and still function with acceptable accuracy.


One benefit of lapping the bore and increasing the diameter might be a slight decrease in pressure, IMO.  Just trying to "find the good in every situation"...  
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:30:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2008 7:31:40 PM EDT by bloodsport2885]

Originally Posted By machinisttx:

Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By Bob1984:

Originally Posted By EagleArmsHBAR:
how did it get in the pond?



My guess would be gravity.  


Captain OBIVIOUS.  Probably stolen from a dead guy.  Only the ATF can run origins, from distributor to gunshop.  Then they have to search the bound book and look at the 4473.  

I would bead blast, then electroless nickel.  Looks like stainless without the galling.

The bore is probably toast BUT since Ruger made them with .3085 bores, it could be lapped smooth to a bit larger and still function with acceptable accuracy.


Surprisingly, the bore is actually still bright and shiny. It's got a couple of visible pits, but otherwise is more than acceptable. The cheap red dot that's on it has a 5 MOA dot, and it shoots at least that with Wolf ammo...in my limited bench testing anyway. Haven't bothered to run any U.S. ammo through it or try handloads.


Did it improve the accuracy?
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:34:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2008 7:35:00 PM EDT by RyJones]
Need one of these for the red-dot:

Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:35:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2008 7:51:03 PM EDT by rexydg7]
I finally got mine finished scoped and sighted in a few weeks back... now I wanna kill some piggies with it.

With the wolf 7.62X39 123 gr it is shooting about 1.5 inches at 100.



Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:36:30 PM EDT
As a mini-14 owner.........push harder - be sure to have something around you to limit the flight of the spring if it slips and flies off across the room.

Don't worry about the pain when pushing, soon it will go numb and you'll be able to get it in at that point.
Link Posted: 9/4/2008 7:36:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bloodsport2885:

Did it improve the accuracy?


I'm not sure I know what your asking?
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