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Finally got around to putting a Ramline stock on my mini thirty. I got it because I had read that many times they are tight enough that bedding is not neccessary. "Tight" is an understatement. I finally managed to get it installed but found that the mag well ears ( don't know what else to call them) where being bent inwards by the receiver. Not the ears that the stock screws attach to but the forward ones. After playing around with it what I discovered was that the holes for the stock screws are set back too far by about 3/16th inch. Ok, so I elongated the holes which wasn't too tough. However, the heads of the screws sit flush in raised diamonds on the side of the stock. So I had to also move that cutout in the diamond forward the same distance. For that matter, I don't like the look of that raised diamond anyways but what are you going to do. I believe it's there to strengthen the stock in that area. Ok, so now I got the holes lined up. Well not exactly. I had to trim the shoulders inside the stock that the mag well sits on as the well protudes out of the stock towards the rear. So now I got the well installed in the correct position and screwed to the stock. I then got the rest of the assembly done. It was very tight in the area of the trigger but I figure that may loosen up over time. Actually, it already has. So it was off to the range today to try it out. Well guess what. The bolt will not cycle with a round in the mag. What I've figured it that the operating rod is binding at the front of the stock. The channel there is too thin so I will have to carve it out some. I had to squeeze the metal insert to get it into the stock so I'm sure that is the problem. The operating rod was also rubbing on the rt edge of the stock but I've elimated that problem by trimming. The rifle cycles empty but when it has to pick up a round the spring will not overcome the binding at the front of stock. So I was pretty disappointed. I had to assist the operating rod to get it to chamber. One other thing I also found out. My Promags barely fit into the well now. There are some additional areas within the stock that I will have to relieve to get them to insert freely. I'm sorry this is so long winded but I was pretty disappointed by all of the fit problems. I actually like the feel of the stock so I'll keep working at it. Anyone else have similar problems? Is there as much "fitting" on the Hogue stocks? More to follow....