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

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Old 01-02-2012, 21:26   #1
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Mini 14 Mods.

I am wanting to mod my Mini 14 .I have a 195 series with that cheesy flip up rear sight .I want to replace it with something more robust.I would also like to add an Accustrut and a new front sight and muzzle break .The Accustrut is decided upon already .But I would like recommendations for the front and rear sight and a muzzle break .I have looked at those slip on breaks that pin to the front sight and don't care for the look .
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Originally Posted by Jesse1973 View Post
I am wanting to mod my Mini 14 .I have a 195 series with that cheesy flip up rear sight .I want to replace it with something more robust.I would also like to add an Accustrut and a new front sight and muzzle break .The Accustrut is decided upon already .But I would like recommendations for the front and rear sight and a muzzle break .I have looked at those slip on breaks that pin to the front sight and don't care for the look .
Mo-Rod and Mo-Reaper for strut and muzzle break.
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Tech sight or M1A for rear sight.
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Mini 14 Accessories Ruger Rifle 30 Muzzle Brake Gas Block Compensator Steel Bedding System (about halfway down the page)

Or you can mod an actual M1A sight yourself and save $50. There are threads on this forum on how to do it, it's pretty easy.
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Also think about changing your gas bushing to .050" ($15) and install Wilson 1911 buffers ($1 each)
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:58   #3
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Originally Posted by bwraven View Post
An M1A (M-14 made by Springfield Armory) and an M1 Carbine are two very different rifles. I know of no way to mount an M1A rear sight to a Ranch Rifle.
Yes, my bad. I meant to say M1 Carbine.
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Originally Posted by bwraven View Post
I would second Tech Sights. I have them on my Ranch Rifles, and they are excellent.

Choate makes a nice flash hider/front sight combo. But they are a bit difficult to mount.
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An M1A (M-14 made by Springfield Armory) and an M1 Carbine are two very different rifles. I know of no way to mount an M1A rear sight to a Ranch Rifle.



I had a Choate M14 flash hider on my first mini... one tip on doing it yourself is once you have your original sight off use scotch bride to polish the end of the barrel and place the flash hider in the oven and get it to about 200 degrees and use care but it will slide right on... use a laser pointer on the rear sight to make sure you have it straight. This is just the method I used and it worked well for me, but they might be a better way

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Originally Posted by bwraven View Post
Getting a Choate on is not the issue.

The Choate flash hider's use a roll pin on the bottom of the barrel, not the top like the factory front sight.

To install the flash hider properly, a groove must be cut into the underside of the barrel to be able to install the roll pin that anchors it.
Are you sure? I have the Choate M14 style with the front sight on my 185 series mini and the roll pin is on the top in front of the winged sight.
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I have a M1 sight on mine, simple to do and put a Choate 3 prong on the front, also easy to install. Like it very very much. Mines a 196 series, get a trigger job done, its alot smoother.
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Once I installed mine I used a drill to groove the barrel. I did mine and it was about 11 years ago and mine went on the bottom
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I think Jesse1973 is asking about a muzzle break and new front sight, not a flash hider, which is why I brought up the Mo-Reaper.
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I was looking for either actually .Either a front sight and muzzle break separate or front sight and muzzle break combo .
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Originally Posted by Jesse1973 View Post
I was looking for either actually .Either a front sight and muzzle break separate or front sight and muzzle break combo .
Are you looking for a muzzle brake or a flash suppressor?
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Was looking for a muzzle break as a flash suppressor I don't think is legal in my state unless you are a LEO or military.
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With that said I haven't figured out yet what the difference is .
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I would really like to make it look as close to the M14 as I can .
I have a m14 and it has a flash suppressor on it from factory .
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I added a Tech-SIGHT (love it), Choate FH/FS and a Ruger Factory Folding stock. I did have the longer (M-14 style FH) but changed it out for the shorter one (just like it better on my setup). Have to say the Tech-Sight is the best upgrade for the older Ranch Rifles.
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That is pretty sweet .Where would you find a Factory folding stock ?
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Originally Posted by PABin25 View Post
I added a Tech-SIGHT (love it), Choate FH/FS and a Ruger Factory Folding stock. I did have the longer (M-14 style FH) but changed it out for the shorter one (just like it better on my setup). Have to say the Tech-Sight is the best upgrade for the older Ranch Rifles.
That's a FINE Rifle. Only thing it needs is a wood hand guard. Somebody needs to start making them to fit the 181 and above, they would sell a load of them. Make them with and without cooling slots like the choate hand guard.
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I have bought 2 factory folders on E-bay (1 Blue, 1 Stainless). Both almost look brand new...Just beware they are quite pricy...But they haven't been made in 25 years or so they are pretty rare. I put the other stock on a Tactical Model.
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