Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

View Poll Results: what represents your accuracy from your modified mini 14/30 (100 yards)?
about/under 1" groups 7 20.00%
about/under 1.5" groups 12 34.29%
about/under 2" groups 7 20.00%
about/under 2.5" groups 4 11.43%
about/under 3" groups 3 8.57%
4" + groups 2 5.71%
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:56   #1
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mini 14 accuracy poll: WITH MODIFICATIONS

please take part in my poll. i am wanting to know how well (or poor) your mini 14/30 shoots after you made modifications to improve accuracy.

modifications include struts, bedding, cryo, etc. feel free to explain your mods, post targets, or pics of your mini. handloading is NOT considered a mod.

PLEASE have your answer represent consistant performance of your mini, not the best group you ever shot. 3 or 5 shot groups are fine, as long as it represents what you consistantly shoot.

please DO NOT include stock minis with no mods in this poll. i am creating another poll to cover that.

please DO NOT include target minis (we know they shoot good).

thanks for your input.

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Old 12-20-2011, 13:06   #2
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after i made my mods to my mini, i can shoot between 1.5-2.5" regularly with premium ammo. my mini is a 580 ss, accu-strut, front buffer, and re-torqued gas block. mods about $100. so i voted for 2". i feel like a strut is a great investment, helps accuracy and controls barrel heat.

feel free to share your mods and your results with them.

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Old 12-20-2011, 15:41   #3
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I get an average of 1" at 100 yards with 1 out of 4 getting out to 2" and this is from a bench with 55 gr Federal ammo.

Thank God my mini likes the cheap stuff.
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1.2'' is my best group so far after my mods. Thats with my 60gr. sierra varmiter reloads. All my loads shoot well but suprisingly enough the 60gr. seem to be the most accurate.
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Old 12-20-2011, 19:26   #5
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I do have a target model that shoots really well, usually 1" or better with just bedding and a Gundoc trigger job.
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Before I installed a Accu Strut on my 581 Mini 14 I was getting between 2-3 inch groups at 100 yards. After I installed the Accu Strut I am shooting one hole groups.
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with all above mods and an amega rail i can shot an inch at 100 all day long oh ya no cryo here either to me thats just bs. and the yote body count is 44 for the year so far.
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Sub inch groups @ 100y from the 580 Tactical.

Glasbed stock
Trigger job
Rear shock buff
Ultimak Rail
3-9x40 Nikon Buckmaster
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My 580 can shoot 2"/under 5-round groups at 100yrds all day long, aiming at the tiny 50yrd small bore rifle targets, with an Amegaranges scout mounted Truglo 2x42mm 2.5moa red-dot and Accu-Strut.

With the irons at 50yrds, I can shoot 1.5" 5-round groups.

This is good enough for me for this rifle. Definitely minute-of-man. I'm not trying to dot their eyes, just shatter their faces
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I get about 2-2.5in groups for 5 consecutive shots at 100yds. My rifle is setup with a 5moa Truglo red-dot, Accustrut SOCOM, and Amega Ranges rail. Its not a tack-driver, but it works.
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if you haven't given your input, please do so.
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a few more days if anyone would like to add any more.
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About 1.5"-1.75" groups. Blued ranch rifle with Socom Accustrut and Wilson 1911 rear buffer.
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Originally Posted by Cole125 View Post
Before I installed a Accu Strut on my 581 Mini 14 I was getting between 2-3 inch groups at 100 yards. After I installed the Accu Strut I am shooting one hole groups.
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50 yard 5-shot grouping

From the bench rested on a wood block. 55-grain Black Hills FMJ.
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Capt. I haven't tried any Black Hills Ammo. Does it seem you have got your best results with the brand?
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Originally Posted by glenwatkins View Post
Capt. I haven't tried any Black Hills Ammo. Does it seem you have got your best results with the brand?
Honestly, with my rifle, I've only shot Black Hills, Remington, my own handloads (not yet on paper, but accurate to 100+ yrds), and Wolf.
Personal results would be in the same order, Black Hills being the best.
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consistant moa 3rd group with 188x mini14, using 69gr Fed gold metal match. The location of the groups does walk, but heck who cares, a sub-1inch group is sub moa, right? shim bedded stock, torqued gas block.
( If factoring in the walking, it is more like a 3moa gun over all. ) so is this a moa or 3moa accuracy?

196x mini30 is 5moa over all with barrel tuner, FAL imbel brake, shim bedded stock, torqued gas block.
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I can and do shoot less than 1.5" 20 shot groups on a regular basis. This is done using a 20 round mag and not letting anything cool between shots. FRJ
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I am a old member don't come on much anymore. My most accurate mini is my 188. it shoots right at 1" at 100 yards. a little under sometime, a little over sometime. It is glass bedded in a Ramline Synteck stock. I hand lapped the barrel and installed a stainless steel sleeve over the barrel making it a 3/4" barrel forward of the gas block. With that it doesn't need a strut. I reworked the trigger. 3x9 burris scope. Replaced the gas bushing to .042. here is the rifle and 5 five shot groups.

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The pole would not let me vote twice but My 181 shoots around 1 1/2 some times a little under sometimes a little over. I have had it longer and have experimented a lot with it. At first I drilled out the gas block and made a adjustable gas pipe. Then I made a longer non adjustable and used it as a strut. I cut the barrel to 16 1/2" because the rifleing was bad. But it did not help the accuracy. Then put an alumium sleeve over the barrel making it a 3/4". Glass bedded it and reworked the trigger.

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Cut barrel to 15.5" and installed choat m14 look alike
Installed tech sight rear sight.
Made my own gas bushings on lath .0578.
Buffer tech rear recoil buffer, lacrosse rubber boot front buffer (last minute add made with my sons boots that don't fit him anymore.
Filed hammer sear till trigger pull measured 2.5lb and filed secondary sear where the two sears come together in order to cut trigger creep in half.

This is a 197 series ranch in stainless with wood stock. I was thinking of selling but decided that I would try some mods first. Took the gun to my dads machine shop to do the mods. I know using a file on the sears is risky but it turned out great, besides a new hammer is cheap if I had to by a new one. This gun shoots 62gr silver bear hallow points better than the m16 or m4 I had in the army ever shot. I don't have a rifle vice to get moa accuracy results. Shot a 20 round magazine into a 300 meter target at 25 yards from standing position and hit 19 out of 20 in the black. The only round that didn't hit I'll blame on the guy shooting the 500 revolver in the lane beside me. What's really cool is that the smaller bushing makes the weapon shoot way cleaner. Next I will add a choat od green stock. Sorry no pics I'll have to take some. By the way, that 20 rounds was fired after two thirty round mag dumps. This gun shot horrible before these mods.
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Say, Benson, and Others:

I am new to Mini-14/30. You said
Made my own gas bushings...
So what is this gas bushing? Can someone explain or give a link to a thread that has diagrams, etc. to teach me?
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Originally Posted by Bill_Rights View Post
Say, Benson, and Others:

I am new to Mini-14/30. You saidSo what is this gas bushing? Can someone explain or give a link to a thread that has diagrams, etc. to teach me?
Ruger Mini 14 gas port bushings by Great West Gunsmithing
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Stainless 197 series open sights. Surplus 55gr M93 bullets, mixed brass, WC-846 powder.
Replaced the plastic handguard with wood
Replaced front sight with a Choate M14 style sight/flash hider
Bedded the action
Smaller home made gas bushing
Front and rear buffers
Normally shoots 2.5" at 100yds or better. At my age, I have to use reading glasses to see the sights clearly but the target's kind of a blur.
I can think of more excuses but.... what were we talking about again?
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