I had a problem getting registered for the board but finally got through. I went to the basic Ruger armorers course for the Mini-14 and am familiar with the regular and Gov't (GB) models. I might be able to help with some questions if anyone is interested.
You'll probably note that there isn't a critical mass on this board yet, but there IS a critical mass on the Mini-14 list. If you aren't already on that list, I'm sure they'd like to hear from you! http://perfectunion.com/lists for more info.
Ptjg0707, you wanted the torque spec for the gas port assembly allen screws? Well, quess what? There isn't any. They(Ruger) just mention tightening the allens in "X" pattern and to tighten until the "Gap" between the upper and lower assembly is even and uniform and restake to prevent loosening. As far as using a jig during reassembly, I have never used a jig nor is it mentioned in the armorer's manual. Alignment is more critical to the operation of the rifle than the accuracy. Here is what it states in the armorer's manual, "IMPROPER SEATING OF THE GAS PORT BUSHING INTO ITS COUNTERBORED SEAT IN THE BARREL COULD RESULT IN SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE BARREL". Hope this helps, R6721
I purchased a Choate pistol grip stock for my Ruger Mini-30 SS. I'm assuming I need to remove the metal liners from the inside of the factory stock and move to the new Choate stock. I removed the screws from either side of the stock, but I don't know how to proceed from here.
carl, depending on the ser pre fix you can find it at brownells. an extractor for ser 187-188 for example is 780-014-004 and a bank breaking 6.49. might want to replace the spring 780-000-803 at 1.49.later
After removal of the screws, you need to remove the metal piece that the screws were attached to. This piece is flexible enough that you can gently squeeze it together with your fingers by grabbing it at the bottom of the magazine well. In order to get a grip on this piece you might need to use a flat head screwdriver to seperate it from the mag well, but be gentle. Just squeeze it and pull it out from the top. Next you need to remove the metal liner from the fore-end of the sock. Lift the rear most part of this piece and gently push it forward to seperate it from the U shaped forward most part of the stock. Now install these pieces into the choate stock by reversing the directions that I just gave you and you should be good to go. Please report back on the quality/performance of your new stock.:usa:
Thanks for your advice. Two other subscribers had previously e-mailed me with the same instructions. Thanks to everyone who replied!
The directions that they and you gave me worked great. I am very pleased with the new stock. I have shot the rifle twice and have found it much more comfortable for me.
The only "problem" I had with the stock (and I wouldn't really call it a problem) was that it took quite some time and lots of gentle nudging to drop the action into the new stock. I was probably being too gentle, but it took considerable effort the first time although it has loosened slightly in subsequent removals.
I can highly recommend this stock to anyone wanting a synethetic pistol grip stock for the Mini-14/30.
Thanks again for all who helped.
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