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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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Welcome to the forum SNate. Mike in Oregon also bed stocks. You might check for a price. A common range I have heard is $35 to $45 for a beding job. The mini is a little different if you have a stock reignforcement linner, as it is also bedded. I beded mine myself.

If you try several different types of ammo to find what your mini likes best, Install the muzzle brake, bed the stock, and have a decent scope, you should achieve your goal of 2" or less. Using iron sights will open the groups some.

Bubba is correct on barrel break-in. (shoot 1 shot/clean, for 10 shots; shoot 3 shots/clean, for 10 times; shoot 10 shots/clean for the remainder of the 100 rds.) This will break in your barrel, increasing accuracy,and reduce fouling.

By cleaning use a good copper cleaner. I use Hoppies Benchrest, and use Weedwacker line with a melted ball at one end to hold the patches. (Thanks coyote in our 10/22 forum for the tip) Feed line thru the receiver, and pull from chamber to muzzle. Why? because over a period of time the metal cleaning rod will wear our the crown of the muzzle, and accuracy will drop.
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If there is no side to side movement of the receiver, in the stock, (it only takes a few thou. to open the groups at 100 yds), and you shoot circlular groups with no flyers, then you may be one of the lucky ones, where bedding will not improve groupage much.
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