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Old 09-16-2012, 20:41   #1
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Mini 14 side mount with rail

Hi guys,

Me and my newly acquired 581 Mini are brand new here. Just picked up a used almost pristine wood stock 2011 model.

Have been looking at scoping options, and mine was missing the rings. Was wondering whether anyone here has tried one of those side mounts with an aluminum rail that centers over the bore. It seems to have a piece that fits into the receiver and replaces hte "bolt lock cover?" for lack of a better description on the left side of the receiver. Also wondering if you can still use the irons with this setup, if the rail just absolutely sits too dang high to be practical or not.

Already have a compact scope with rings I want to use if this setup is feasible. Any advice or pics greatly appreciated.
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The B Square one work well for me on my 185 series, but if I were going to scope a ranch model I would buy rings for the Ruger mounts or a rail that mounts to the Ruger scallops.
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Old 09-17-2012, 00:40   #3
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Tried an early B Square mount and was disappointed. Loose, and tightening it up involves a set screw binding against the bolt lock mechanism.
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if the rifle has the ruger scope mounts on it...
do your self a favor and buy some ruger rings... you'll be much happier in the long run. if you want a red dot, get one of those tac rails that are compatable with the ruger scope scallop cuts and use that instead.

not that the B square is lousy - but it can be finicky to set up, and keep set up.
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Old 09-17-2012, 17:52   #5
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Well......those side mounts don't seem to be too popular seems like! Thanks for the info guys.
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I bought a used ca. 1996 Mini-14 stainless that had a nice Leupold 3-9x40mm with the factory rings but wanted a red dot option and put a Jack Weigand rail and an inexpensive Bushnell TRS-25 on it.

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That Weigand rail looks really nice. Would give me the option of Glass or red dot down the road. Thanks for the link. About the same price as just the ruger rings!
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The Weigand is a really solid rail.
I alternate between a Burris FastFire and a Burris scope quickly and with repeatable "zeros".

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Another option for quick optic changes is Warne Maxima QD Rings, in 1 inch and 30 mm. They produce rings specifically for the Ruger receivers and guarantee they will return to zero after removal and reinstallation.

See their Scope Ring Chart to choose the right rings for what you're wanting to do.

Another thing to consider is that the Weigand/B-Square/GG&G/other receiver-mounted rails may interfere with removing the bolt for cleaning and maintenance. That's not the case with the Warne rings -- just flip two levers and off comes your optic.
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Although I'm leaning towards the Weigand rail.......which one of those Warne QD rings would be required to clear the rear sight on my 581 series? The medium ones or the high ones?

Thanks for the options guys.
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Generally, the Warne medium (.460) is for a 32 mm objective scopes, the .585 is for 40's. I think you can get most 40's on the .460 rings though. The .460 clears my burris compact on the OEM rear sight with a micron to spare. I hate scopes that are too tall, I bought both sets because I wanted the lowest possible option.

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