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Old 11-26-2012, 10:19   #1
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Mini-30's and Choate Flash Hider's

Not sure how well known this is. Just in case its not, it will be now.

Wrote Choate yesterday asking about flash hiders for the Mini-30's and their 0.625" barrels. Since they do not list a flash hider at all for the Mini-30.

I just recieved an email back from Choate, confirming that the flash hider's they produce for the Mini-14, 580 on up, will infact fit the Mini-30's, 0.625" barrels.

Not too sure why they don't say so on their website? If they did, they might sell a few more of them.
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I called them several years ago wanting a stainless one for my 196 both mini 14, the shorter 3 prong one. While I had them on the phone, I asked about the mini 30 also. Got one for both. Not sure what they have now but back then, it was a short one or long one. Both reduced groups in half from the stupid single post Ruger came out with.
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Choate makes some good stuff. Been using their stocks for years. Sometimes a little rough around the edges, but cleanup easy enough.

I just recently installed a SS cage flash hider (the short one) on my Mini-14. No clue what it has done for accuracy, if anything.

When the rain started here in the NW, in early Fall, it just hasn't stopped. So no chance yet to get out and do any plinking with it.

Had a 10/22 with one of their flash hider's installed on it. Wasn't much too it but it worked well and looked good.

The reason why I contacted Choate in the first place. My Mini-30 is in need of some freshening up. Want to change out the current flash hider. Wanted to make sure Choate was an option. Which it is.

So, it will be either a Choate, Mo-Reaper (they look so cool blued) or have the barrel threaded for a hider.
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I've been using them for years. Choate is staying under the AWB radar ever since it sunset by rewording some of their products due to the fact that some states still adhere to it.

Mini 14 16 1/2" o/a barrel length.



Mini 30 16 1/2" o/a barrel length.



Same, in blue.

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Originally Posted by MOUNTAIN WILLIAM View Post
I've been using them for years. Choate is staying under the AWB radar ever since it sunset by rewording some of their products due to the fact that some states still adhere to it.

Mini 14 16 1/2" o/a barrel length.



Mini 30 16 1/2" o/a barrel length.



Same, in blue.

Looks like you are using Thermold magazine's too in your Mini-30. Are they and if so, how do they work?
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I thought the pin was on the bottom of the Choate flash suppressors.
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Originally Posted by PDXS3T View Post
Looks like you are using Thermold magazine's too in your Mini-30. Are they and if so, how do they work?
The pic of the stainless Mini 30 has a Thermold in it. They work well as long as you stay away from lacquered ammo. Those cases stick to the mags just enough to slow down the action, resulting in light primer strikes from time to time.
Silver Bear runs great, even when the mags are extended to hold 45 rounds.

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Originally Posted by hottarod View Post
I thought the pin was on the bottom of the Choate flash suppressors.
On the Mini 30 units there are two 1/8" cross pins located on the side of the flash hider. There is also an Allen screw located on the bottom at the 6 o'clock position.

Here is a pic of the blue Mini 30 where I didn't blend in the pin areas as much as I did the stainless ones. I wanted to show how the flash hiders were permanently pinned on and welded over.

If you'll look toward the bottom of the flat area on the side of the flash hider, you can make out the two places where the roll pins were welded over.

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Originally Posted by MOUNTAIN WILLIAM View Post
The pic of the stainless Mini 30 has a Thermold in it. They work well as long as you stay away from lacquered ammo. Those cases stick to the mags just enough to slow down the action, resulting in light primer strikes from time to time.
Silver Bear runs great, even when the mags are extended to hold 45 rounds.

Thanks for the info on the Thermolds...I have 10 of the vintage Thermolds for the Mini-14. Been toying with the idea of buying a few of the new ones for both the 14/30. Kind of hesitant though, since I haven't seen anything about the new Thermolds and how well they work.
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The new Thermolds are made from a different formula than the originals, as to their performance, I couldn't say.
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That is a bummer thing to hear. Why mess with something that worked and worked well.

I'll have to buy a new one, to check em out. Maybe, the change is for the better.
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Do you have to ream out the inside for the larger 7.62 round?
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