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Old 03-12-2011, 23:46   #1
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New barrel for 181 mini14

I have a 181 Mini 14 with the thin factory barrel. I would like info to upgrade to a heaver barrel.
I need a gunsmith in Northeastern Oregon to do the job for me.
If any one can help me out with this could you send PM.
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Accuracy Systems Inc. I have two of them. Both shoot much better than the factory barrel. I have a heavy one (.800) and a lighter one (.625). The down side to a 181 is mounting a scope but there are mounts which will work. Also, Ruger will not work on your rifle after it has been converted. kwg

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I wonder what the chances are you could get Ruger to do a re-barrel.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:43   #4
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Accuracy Systems Inc. I have two of them. Both shoot much better than the factory barrel. I have a heavy one (.800) and a lighter one (.625). The down side to a 181 is mounting a scope but there are mounts which will work. Also, Ruger will not work on your rifle after it has been converted. kwg

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Thanks kwg020
I'm a survivalist, I'm not looking for match accuracy or scope mounting, I have a inexpensive scope and a B- square mount. I want a better barrel to keep the point of aim the same and tighten up the groups some when the barrel gets hot.
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I checked Accuracy Systems price. for there price's I would buy another Colt H-Bar.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:46   #5
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Originally Posted by Jeff F View Post
I wonder what the chances are you could get Ruger to do a re-barrel.
Thanks Jeff F.
I was hoping someone would have some information on the Factory doing a barrel swap.
I guess I will send them an email and see.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:00   #6
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Originally Posted by XR750 View Post
Thanks Jeff F.
I was hoping someone would have some information on the Factory doing a barrel swap.
I guess I will send them an email and see.
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Let us know what they say.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:23   #7
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Let us know what they say.
Sent them a email let you know. But I think it will be Better if I just buy a new Tactical mini14.
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I had my heavy barrels put on long before the Tacticals came out. If I'd known the Tacticals were coming i would have saved my money. I also had them done when the price was lower so I think I did Ok, price wise. I hope I have time to really put some rounds down range this summer and really wring out the potential. If I had to do it all over again, I would have the heavy barrel drilled for 6x45. kwg
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I also called Ruger in or around 2006 when the 581's came out about getting a 184 series rifle getting the new barrel. I think they wanted over $420 at the time. I paid less for ASI to put on a heavier barrel and think I got a better barrel. kwg
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:41   #10
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Originally Posted by kwg020 View Post
I had my heavy barrels put on long before the Tacticals came out. If I'd known the Tacticals were coming i would have saved my money. I also had them done when the price was lower so I think I did Ok, price wise. I hope I have time to really put some rounds down range this summer and really wring out the potential. If I had to do it all over again, I would have the heavy barrel drilled for 6x45. kwg
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Old 03-31-2011, 20:04   #11
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So far no answer from Rugger about the email I sent 03-17-2011.
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I get the feeling Ruger does not want to do barrel swaps. Most of the cost of doing the swap was for the finish on the barrel. I think they wanted something like $120 just to sand blast the barrel finish. That told me they do not want to do non warranty barrel swaps. kwg
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Per the service sheet on Rugers website...
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They will rebarrel for $80 plus cost of parts. Not sure if they will install heavy barrel from a Target Mini on a rifle that left the factory with a standard barrel.
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Thanks blfuller for the Price list. I need to contact Newport NH to see I they will work on my 181 model.I think I will call them because they didn't answer my emails.
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Old 04-11-2011, 18:51   #15
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Hot Barrel

Just a suggestion. I installed a Mo_Rod stabilizer bar on my barrel and also had it cut down to 17" then installed a Ruger FH with 1/2 X 28 threads. It was not a lot of money and I believe I have no more stringing problems on a heated barrel. The stabilizer will stiffen the barrel and draw heat thru the aluminun clamps. Plus it looks like it belongs..............Joe
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For a fraction of the cost of re-barreling, doing a Cryo treatment will achieve your objective of stopping the barrel from stringing when hot. I have two Mini's with Cryo which do not string. And one is a thin barrel model.
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I priced a new barrel from Brownel. The cost of the barrel & the barrel band cost's more than I payed for the Rifle new.
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Old 04-19-2015, 10:38   #18
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Factory Barrel Swap

I know this is a dead thread, so please forgive. I have a 181 series mini 14 i have had since i was 10. I love it, very dependable, however not that accurate at 100 yeards+. I picked up a new take off .625 barrel and gas block on ebay. They both look great!. Question, Do I need to be concerned with headspace? I was planning on taking it to a gunsmith, however, I hate to waste the money as this was already factory set on a receiver? I think the answer is go the to gunsmith which is fine, but I wanted to ask. Thanks!
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Yes take it to the gunsmith. Also, its likely that if you are putting on the 580+ series "heavy barrel", that your Op rod will also need to be changed out (physical inteference i.e. - barrel to op-rod clearance fit.). Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Mongoose View Post
I know this is a dead thread, so please forgive. I have a 181 series mini 14 i have had since i was 10. I love it, very dependable, however not that accurate at 100 yeards+. I picked up a new take off .625 barrel and gas block on ebay. They both look great!. Question, Do I need to be concerned with headspace? I was planning on taking it to a gunsmith, however, I hate to waste the money as this was already factory set on a receiver? I think the answer is go the to gunsmith which is fine, but I wanted to ask. Thanks!
hey whoa!!!! dude!!! WHOA!! Holy God, its not head spacing you need to be concerned with. It's the position of that gas block. If it is a barrel off a previous Ruger mini action then the position of the gas block hole in the barrel may line up differently... threads may not line up the same to get the gas block hole to a perfect zero degree angle towards the receiver. And why does no one know about Shilen heavy barrels for pre 580 series minis??? But to my understanding, when re-barreling a mini the barrel must be adheased and pressed on (Ruger uses an adhesive when attaching there barrels) then the gas port hole is measured and lined up to be drilled for proper positioning of the gas block for the stock to be attached and the action to slip inside of it all lining up perfectly. So please keep that in mind. Please vist my thread on the Shilen heavy barrel and my youtube video of it in action. Im sure this barrel will spark your interests.
thread link: The Shilen Heavy Barrel on a Mini 14
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Thanks

Thanks. So you must have put about $500 in your mini for the barrel. (Beautiful Barrel by the way). I think I'll keep it as is. Maybe put the money into a CMP Garand.
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Thanks. So you must have put about $500 in your mini for the barrel. (Beautiful Barrel by the way). I think I'll keep it as is. Maybe put the money into a CMP Garand.
Yeah barrel and scope, barrel was 240, and the gun smith charged 90 bucks to put it on, and the nikon scope was 200.
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The op rod movement isn't always precise, notice the bevelling of gas and hole. You would have to check to see if the op rod would be consistent enough mating to the gas pipe. If the alignment is too far off, you would need a new style op rod.
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The gas block AND the headspace are both very important.
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The gas block AND the headspace are both very important.
Yes they are, you just got to get the barrel on right before you can move to head spacing.
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