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I am seeing pics of mini14s that look like m14's, with the tube under the barrell. What is this? Is it just a model that was previously made? what does the tube do?

again, newb and still learning. the google search is showing pics, but doesnt say what it is besides mini 14
 

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I am seeing pics of mini14s that look like m14's, with the tube under the barrell. What is this? Is it just a model that was previously made? what does the tube do?

again, newb and still learning. the google search is showing pics, but doesnt say what it is besides mini 14
What you are seeing are barrel struts. Mostly Accu-Strut's or Mo-Rods. They lessen the barrel whip effect, that happens with the Mini-14/30 (more so with the older Mini's, that have the smaller dia barrel). They also change the harmonics that take place with the barrel. Makes things more consistent. And, to a certain existent, they also dissipate heat from the barrel. They look really cool to! :)
 

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Could be you have seen a picture of a Ruger "XGI" rifle. They were planning to release these in the mid 1980's, but put the brakes on the project when they couldn't get them to shoot accurately enough for a big game caliber rifle.( A few experimental models were made in .243 and .308 winchester). I believe Ruger actually sold one at auction last yr. ( in .243 win.) for a charity fundraiser.
 

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accu-strut all the way. definitely get one I had an old pencil barrel mini-14 and in cut my groups in half no BS. Well i traded that gun in last year for the new mini-14 tactical version with the shorter tapered barrel. Accuracy with the new mini was equal to my old one with the accu-strut out of the box. So i put another accu-strut on the new one. It did help accuracy, not as much as before but it helped and it illuminated the vertical stringing when rapid firing, I average 2-3in groups at 100yards. im no rifle smith so people can definitely do better than me with it.
 

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I'm definitely digging the brown-painted Choate handguard, ala M14. Time for me to bite the bullet and get a wood stock so I can paint a Choate to match. That's righteous!

Damn, you guys cost me so much money!! :lol:
 
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