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Old 08-16-2012, 18:25   #1
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receiver and barrel

Do they have to be able to move freely from one another? To me it would seem like you would want them to stay straight and tight. SO if you had a top rail that connected to scope mounts and the gas block, would that mess with the action/firing at all? I personally don't think it would but wanted to see what the community thought.
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My next project is to do exactly as you suggest. I'm currently searching for a blank 1913 steel or robust aluminum rail that is long enough to connect all three points. I will drill and tap the receiver and gas block. I will also likely relief cut above the bolt to allow free extraction/ejection and have ready access to the bolt assembly.

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Originally Posted by tncaveman View Post
Do they have to be able to move freely from one another? To me it would seem like you would want them to stay straight and tight. SO if you had a top rail that connected to scope mounts and the gas block, would that mess with the action/firing at all? I personally don't think it would but wanted to see what the community thought.

so in effect you'd be making a strut on the top side of the gun that goes from the gasblock to the receiver...

interesting...
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Check this, looks perfect, and pretty cheap.

32" Long Picatinny Rail Scope Mount Extrusion w/ Slots: Evolution Gun Works Inc.
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Practical Shooter, you and I are on the same page. I actually got that off of Amazon, thru Optics planet, for about 45 bucks shipped. Now just waiting for it to come in, and set it up. I am thinking about doing a 17/18 inch rail, so you could have modern backup sights, to a modern optic. Hoping to make it sit as low as possible and work with the ruger heat shield.
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Exactly, when you get the rail, would you mind measuring the height?

Can't wait to try and drill and tap the gas block and receiver. Gonna need a lot of patience.
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From all the info I could find online it said it was 0.65 of an inch.
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would recommend buying a spare gas block top just in case...


this would be pretty awesome - you could run all sorts of nifty optics and BUIS on there.

the Burris AR332 like I have on my Troy mcs mini comes to mind. awesome optic awesome price, but not stock mini friendly by any means.
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While staring at my junk tonight, I thought of a potential issue. As the barrel warms it is going to grow, i.e. get longer. The top strap is not going to be as hot, plus, made of a different material, and thus not grow at the same rate, if at all. I could see the top strap pulling the POI upward sightly in longer shooting sessions.

Interesting to see if this hypothesis holds if you get your gun running with this set-up.
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