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Ive been lurking around here for a few weeks now and really enjoy your forum. I owned a Ruger 10/22 when I was in my early teens and enjoyed shooting very much. I have decided to get back into shooting and due to my love of the 10/22 I have decided my next step is a Mini 14. I have ordered a stainless/synthetic ranch model and it should be in soon. I have also ordered a Black Warrior muzzle brake for it. I have read all of the posts regarding accurizing the rifle and besides the muzzle brake I intend to bed it and eventually send it in to Mike for the trigger job and gas kit. I have no need for a super accurate rifle and if I was able to get close to a 2" group size, as I see many of you have, I would be more than satisfied.

I am a college student, in my 4th year of an electrical engineering degree and besides not having a lot of free time I also dont have many tools or any space to work on an object the size of a rifle. Due to these concerns I dont think that bedding the rifle myself is not a good idea, and I doubt my roomates would really appreciate it either. I would really like to have my rifle professionally bedded. This way I can be sure that it is done right and wont be a hassle for me. Is bedding something that I can have done by most gunsmiths? Does anyone know of a company or a certain smith who specializes in this sort of thing? Im located in the Eastern PA region.

Also in the posts I have read I have seen two different ways of securing the stock to the action/barrel, glass bedding and pinning. Im not exactly positive as to what pinning is, but I was wondering which technique is more effective?

Thanks for the help guys and keep up the great work. This is one of the most helpful and friendly forums I have come across.


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Where in Eastern Pa. are you? In the area of stroudsburg there are at least 5 gunsmiths that will do whatever work you want done, the least expensive that I know of is the new guy that Dunkelbergers has just hired. If you're further North of that, you'll just have to look around. Of course you will get, as bubba said a lot of laughs and questions as to why bother. If you want tell the smith or whoever to pour dirt into his AR, and your Mini and see which one will shoot. I didn't get a taker, when I did to one of the smiths.:D
The smith at Dunglebergers, I don't remember his name, but it is the largest sporting good store in Stroudsburg, which is 25mi from Nazereth. Go North on 33, I don't have their # but you can get it from the Yellow book. Same place to get names of other smith and gunranges in the area. Try Sunset Hill, they have 25,50 100,200yard target setups. Another good place for a smith is Frank Manharts. He's good but expensive, The State Cops use him and he's couch of the HS shooting team, but he swears by his AR. Down in Allentown you could also go to Army- Navy sporting goods, large selection of guns, better prices than Dunkelbergers. Like anything in life its just a matter of shopping around.:rapid: :beer:
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