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

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Old 08-26-2012, 13:18   #1
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Cutting weight, finding a classic

I bought this 580-series mini 14 tactical used at the start of summer. Came with the ati folder, which I immediately replaced with the Sparta stock for the rail and tacticool factor. Long story short, I want to like it, but after only 90 rounds at a heavy 9 lbs 6.3 oz as pictured, I want to change it up.

In an effort to cut the weight I've decided to go with a wood stock, and have decided that I wanted to bring it back to a classic look with a matching wood handguard.

So the question is, where can I find a wood handguard and stock set, and what should I expect to pay for them?

Thanks!

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About $90-$100 for both wood pieces. Look for them on gunbroker.com. Happy hunting!
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:50   #3
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Thanks for the help! Would've overpaid for sure.
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If you want lighter weight and semi-traditional looks, you can pick up the Hogue Overmolded stock in a few differend colors. I liked mine enough to buy a 581 tactical to go in it. Attached is a picture of my 188 in it. If I put the 581 back in its SCAR, I'll get another 581 or 18x to go in this stock. I also have a spare wood stock, but have not used it for years.

If the length-of-pull of the Hogue is too long, CajunGeo wrote an excellent thread about modifying the Hogue.
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Originally Posted by y2kwindsor View Post
If you want lighter weight and semi-traditional looks, you can pick up the Hogue Overmolded stock in a few differend colors. I liked mine enough to buy a 581 tactical to go in it. Attached is a picture of my 188 in it. If I put the 581 back in its SCAR, I'll get another 581 or 18x to go in this stock. I also have a spare wood stock, but have not used it for years.

If the length-of-pull of the Hogue is too long, CajunGeo wrote an excellent thread about modifying the Hogue.
The Hogue I had on my 10/22 was such a POS that I removed it and am either going to give it away or throw it away. It causes jamming malfunctions. When I went back to wood it works perfectly. I agree with the OP's decision to go with a factory wood stock. If you must have a composite stock, go with the ruger factory one. They work every time also, and actually weigh 1/4 lb. less than the wood stock.

Good luck with your project, and post pictures when completed!
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Choate fix stock with there hand vent should put u mini under 6.5 pounds
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Find a traditional style laminate wood stock for your mini, I've got one on mine and I prefer it over the synthetic stock any day. It's as bit heaver but MUCH better balanced and feels like I could beat chuck norris on the head with it.
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Really appreciate all the help. I've been on a weight-saving kick recently that makes me want to pick up a synthetic stock, but the matching wood stock and handguard just looks really good.

Need to sell my sparta stock before I pick up a wood set, can anyone give me a fair price to list it at? Looks good except for a two small scratches on the rail, and some faint marks from trying to get rid of the mold lines on the grip.
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Well I finally have all the parts ordered! Picked up a wood stock and handguard off of ebay (someone made me pay too much!), and the forend liner and stock reinforcement from Numerich as I couldn't find them anywhere else. Also have a Tech Sight rear sight on the way, and an Arms Room gas block sight combo on order.

Hopefully everything will get here pretty soon so I can refinish the stock and handguard and get everything put together. Pics will definitely follow!
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Got the new Tech Sights rear sight in yesterday.

Factory Rear Sight: 0.7 oz
Tech Sights Rear Sight 1.3 oz

Took a couple pictures comparing the factory rear sight to the new one. Factory sight is on the left, and Tech on the right.





Sorry about the dark pictures, the sun isn't cooperating today.
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Received the stock and handguard today, was very excited to find them waiting for me! I don't have the heatshield or stock reinforcing parts in, but I threw these on the scale anyway.

Wood stock with plastic buttplate and sling swivel: 1 lb 14 oz
Wood handguard with barrel clip: 1.9 oz

As opposed to the Sparta stock, which weighs in at 4 lbs 2.6 oz

The two pieces don't match, so I figured I'd refinish them too.



Should make a fun project this weekend.
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I found a couple wood handguards and passed one on to another in need. I like the simple look myself. Makes a light, handy little rifle.
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That is gorgeous! Makes me want a wood handguard...
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Well, just put on coat number six of the BLO. I really just want to get the whole rifle put back together, but every time I put on a new coat, it just looks better and better.



Bad lighting doesn't make the best of pictures, but that at least gives an idea of how it's starting to look. One more coat tomorrow and then I'll let the stock sit for a week or two between coats. Also have a bottle of Natchez Solution that'll go on the stock in two or three months.
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