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I got my Weigland scope rail on and the accu-strut came in so I went and flung some lead at a round circle thing and here is what I got.



This is a mini-30 581 series gun, straight barrel. I don't have a muzzle brake yet which is my last thing to add when somebody makes the one that I want. I may have to get creative on that unfortunately.

I don't plan to have a trigger job done. I like it the way it is. This target perhaps bears some explaining. I had already shot 10 or so .22's through it in the 2 inch circle so I just re-used it for the 7.62's. I figured I could see the bullet size difference. These were all shot at 6x at 100 yards on the range bag at the bench. I only use the sled for dialing in a scope.

The first 7.62 group is in the middle 2" circle and those were Tula hollow points which have always been a bit loose but shoot fine. That one off by itself is either a flyer or I pulled it. Most likely I pulled it. Even still, it was a decent less than 2 inch group. All the 7.62's in that group are at center and some left.

The 10 shot group up top is my third group and those were the Golden Bears. This is the first time I have shot those. I was still aiming at the eye of the bull so these are sailing significantly higher than the Tulas. The Golden Bear's were not hollow points. Hard to believe it made that much difference but there it is. Doesn't seem like 2396 for the hollow points versus 2430 for the hard points would make that much difference. I might expect an inch is all. I guess I will need to go shoot another target and see if this repeats in which case I can dial down my scope.
(note: I am not saying your gun will shoot this sort of pattern with Golden Bears. Only that mine did on this one outing.).

Shots were as fast as acquire and fire could be done. I don't think there is any other way to really shoot a carbine rifle anyways since that is what they were made for. There was a bit of gusting wind around but nothing serious.

I think I am about ready to go find a Bambi.
 

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personally - I like the hotter loaded bear- even the Soft points fly faster than the wolf or tula I've tried.

also I've yet to have a FTF with bear.
 

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Nice shooting, hottarod! How about sharing a photo of your Mini-30 now that you have the Weigand and Accustrut mounted?
 

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I would definitely load up on soft points, see where they go and use those for deer. A 30 caliber soft point is a very nice deer bullet.
 

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I would definitely load up on soft points, see where they go and use those for deer. A 30 caliber soft point is a very nice deer bullet.
It's also a NASTY personal defense round.

from a ballistics standpoint a mini 30 is pretty much a semi auto 30.30
if it'll mess up a deer - it'll really mess up a man...

I don't like x39 FMJ for defense -they do a clean through and through - I'd rather have 5.56 FMJ for that... due to the yaw and frag tendencies at under 200 yards. (and to my way of thinking... if a guy is more than 200 yards away... it ain't defense. YMMV depending on your location and community I suppose)

but as soon as you add a soft or hollow point to x39? it changes the game considerably. it really turns the round into the "thumper" that all the anti 223 guys claim it is.
 

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It has an ATI strikeforce stock which is very tight to the gun. The Ruger polymer stock was so loose the gun would just fall out. A regular buffer tech recoil buffer won't fit in there. I haven't tried grinding mine down yet or getting a 1911 buffer.

I got 2 nickel plated 10 round mags and a buddy gave me a 30 round mag, Blackhawk sling, re-torqued the gas block, Weigland scope rail with the front bevel cut to clear the stock. The Ruger scope rings would not stay tight no matter what I did. Truglo 3 x 9 BDC(red or green) reticle scope. I can't see 30 yards without optics. Stainless Accu-strut rod.

I shot it some before I made any changes and I noticed that the barrel got really hot. The ATI stock venting system must be improved because even without the accu-strut the barrel did not get as hot as it did before. The ATI forestock does not have that metal shield like the Ruger stock had. It is held in place by 3 screws that attach it to the bottom part of the stock which has metal inserts to capture the screws. I don't need or care for the fold up but it was there. I like my trigger pull ok right now so I don't plan to have that done for a while.

I still need to get a muzzle brake but who makes a no sight pin on muzzle brake for the .62x barrel mini 30?



As for hunting bambi, I prefer ballistic tip ammo to the soft points. Hornady appears to make a pretty decent deer load for the northeast Texas woods. I wouldn't try and take one beyond perhaps 200 yards but there's no place I hunt except maybe a high line clear cut that I could see more than a couple hundred yards.

 

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Wow, hottarod, that Mini-30 is lookin' good! The ATI stock is growing on my; didn't really care for them (or the Tapcos) at first, but the more I see them... Especially with the Accustrut.

Thanks for sharing!
 

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As for hunting bambi, I prefer ballistic tip ammo to the soft points. Hornady appears to make a pretty decent deer load for the northeast Texas woods. I wouldn't try and take one beyond perhaps 200 yards but there's no place I hunt except maybe a high line clear cut that I could see more than a couple hundred yards.

Hey, now you're talking! Good luck with deer season! Looks like a nice setup...mine will be very similar in .223 when i get my Christmas present. Have fun.

God Bless!

Ron
 

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It has an ATI strikeforce stock which is very tight to the gun. The Ruger polymer stock was so loose the gun would just fall out. A regular buffer tech recoil buffer won't fit in there. I haven't tried grinding mine down yet or getting a 1911 buffer.

I got 2 nickel plated 10 round mags and a buddy gave me a 30 round mag, Blackhawk sling, re-torqued the gas block, Weigland scope rail with the front bevel cut to clear the stock. The Ruger scope rings would not stay tight no matter what I did. Truglo 3 x 9 BDC(red or green) reticle scope. I can't see 30 yards without optics. Stainless Accu-strut rod.

I shot it some before I made any changes and I noticed that the barrel got really hot. The ATI stock venting system must be improved because even without the accu-strut the barrel did not get as hot as it did before. The ATI forestock does not have that metal shield like the Ruger stock had. It is held in place by 3 screws that attach it to the bottom part of the stock which has metal inserts to capture the screws. I don't need or care for the fold up but it was there. I like my trigger pull ok right now so I don't plan to have that done for a while.

I still need to get a muzzle brake but who makes a no sight pin on muzzle brake for the .62x barrel mini 30?



As for hunting bambi, I prefer ballistic tip ammo to the soft points. Hornady appears to make a pretty decent deer load for the northeast Texas woods. I wouldn't try and take one beyond perhaps 200 yards but there's no place I hunt except maybe a high line clear cut that I could see more than a couple hundred yards.

Mo-Reaper will fit I think. I believe the only one they don't make is a 30 Tactical version. Too bad too, I'd buy one for mine.

Mo-Reaper Muzzle Break
 

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I don't think there's anyone out there making a sight-less pin-on brake for the newer Mini-30s...

John Masen makes one for the -30, but they specifically state that it will not fit the new "winged" front sights.
 

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Ahh.. No sight.. I no see.
 

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I don't think there's anyone out there making a sight-less pin-on brake for the newer Mini-30s...

John Masen makes one for the -30, but they specifically state that it will not fit the new "winged" front sights.
yeah, but the .223 NC star one for the new minis with winged front sight will....
this one:http://www.ncstar.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=300

it's wide open. I have one on my 30 - and it does help a bit with muzzle flip, not as much as one that is tight for.30 cal.

you will want to drill and tap a small hole on the underside of the barrel to accept a set screw through the brake for best results (at least thats what I did.)

but it does fit, work, and have some sort of positive effect besides just looking bad ass. :lol:
for the record that Is a Duracoated SS 581 mini thirty in the pic.
Gundoc trigger job, socom accustrut, NC star brake, 1911 rear buffer, choate top cover, and since this photo a tactical mag release.
it'll do a golf ball at 100 off a bench with Silver bear SP if I do my part...or a tennis ball if I don't
 

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