Wow! Thanks for all the good responses.
Well, based on what I'm reading (especially Drifter's post), it looks like I will be keeping my 580-series at 18.5".
I do like the idea of adding the LimbSaver vibration dampener to see if that would make any (+) difference. Good one, tri70...I know exactly what you're referring to here. And, they're relatively inexpensive too.
Essentially, it looks like the older 9/16" OD barrels really are the ones that benefit from cutting it down.
I'm not so bent on a shorter barrel for ease of handling. Although, that said, I have been toying with the idea of finding a newer style Tactical Mini-14 without the flash-hider. I know they made them without the flash hider last year for a while, but I think ALL the brand new ones with 16" barrels include a flash-hider. Anyone got the 4-1-1 on this?
OK...so, if I don't cut and thread the barrel. And, I just decide to go with a flash hider and/or muzzle brake...
What flash hider / muzzle brake works best for the 580-series tapered-barrels with the winged front sight? I've read that it's sort of "hit or miss".
I've been considering this route already, but I don't want to buy a piece of cr^p that I will be cussin' about every time I pick-up or even look at my rifle.
Thanks (again) in advance for your suggestions.
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Last edited by alaj70; 01-06-2010 at 18:46.