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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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Thanks for the advice/info guys.

Bubba- I am definetely planning on spending a couple of days at the range to play around and break in the stock rifle before performing any of the modifications. Besides being good advice I think I am too impatient to sit around with a brand new rifle without shooting it first anyways.

Greybear- I am new to the area and I am currently living in Nazareth, PA. I think I remember seeing signs around for Stroudsburg, so I dont think it is too far away. I would be willing to drive around 50 miles or so for a good smith. Do you know the name of that smith you recommended? Does he do the best work in the area or is he just the cheapest? As for the laughs, they can laugh all they want as long as they do quality work.

Also, another question I had is what is the best breakin procedure? Is it really necessary to clean the bore after every shot?

Thanks again

Hey thanks again for the great information guys. I really appreciate it.
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