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.
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.
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.
-- mini's are great rifles, the firing pin is the only weak link.
-- So, to be safe, never buy a used mini (you can never really tell how many rounds had been fired by the firing pin)
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.
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.
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.
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?