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Mini-14 and AccuStrut

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09 August 2020, 07:42
Uncle Grinch
Mini-14 and AccuStrut
I picked up a like new Ruger Mini-14, unfired, in the box that was modified by Accuracy Systems. They added their barrel strut and recoil buffer. I haven’t had time to make it to the range yet. Have any of you seen this setup before and does it actually improve accuracy?




Shoot Safe,
Mike

NRA Endowment Member
09 August 2020, 19:25
Smokin Joe
I put a strut on my Mini 30 2 years ago. It shrank my groups by about 50%.
It was another company's strut and I don't use an aftermarket buffer.
28 September 2020, 10:41
NormanConquest
Maybe that's the ticket. I got rid of my mini 14 in the late 70s because the accuracy was so bad.


Never mistake motion for action.
28 September 2020, 18:53
Uncle Grinch
Starting with the 580 series, Ruger supposedly improved the accuracy on their Mini-14’s, primarily with a heavier barrel. This is my first so I have nothing to judge it by, other than internet threads.

At 50 yards I was able to keep a two inch group with iron sights. I’m sure others could do better than these 72 year old eyes. Really was just shooting to break it in and check functionality.

It’s all broke down now for inspection and cleaning. Found it had two recoil buffers on the receiver end (Wilson 45ACP type) of the recoil spring. One was already split into. I use these in my Kimber with no issues, but not sure if they are needed on the Mini. I kind of like the idea, but I’m looking at my options.


Shoot Safe,
Mike

NRA Endowment Member
29 September 2020, 17:17
Bill/Oregon
Mike, I'll be curious to see what you can do with better sights and handloads your 14 likes. The accuracy issues have kept me from buying one all these years.


There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.
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01 October 2020, 11:52
p dog shooter
quote:
Originally posted by Bill/Oregon:
Mike, I'll be curious to see what you can do with better sights and handloads your 14 likes. The accuracy issues have kept me from buying one all these years.


I have had access and shot around 20 Mini's over the years.

The major problems with them were their front sights.

Hard to get small groups with something that covers a huge portion of the target.

Another is most people use bulk 55fmjs in them not the most accurate ammo.

First thing I would do is change the front sight out for a M14 style.

Most then would group cheap 55fmj's into 2 inches at 100.

Not bad for a battle rifle. People forget the Garand was spec. Out as a 4 inch rifle.

Scoped ranch rifles with good ammo will do under 1.5 and lots of times under 1.

Only had one Mini that was horrible wouldn't do 8 inches at 50.

Ruger replaced the barrel and it became a sub 2 inch rifle.

If the SHITF I would be torn between grabbing my Mini14 ranch and one of my AR's.
06 October 2020, 10:39
NormanConquest
I would still go with my M1A. per your last statement. As to the Mini V/S the M1 Garand; I worked on my Garand + floated the bbl. + removed wood so it was a real tack driver. I never took that much interest in the mini 14 so maybe it did have potential but I never worked on it to get better performance. I did think + still do that the front sight was a problem.


Never mistake motion for action.
06 October 2020, 23:09
p dog shooter
quote:
I worked on my Garand + floated the bbl. + removed wood so it was a real tack driver.


That is what it takes

What size groups did your Garand shoot before you worked on it.