Well I have a Butler Creek folding stock for my Mini, feels good, a little tough to get a good sight picture when using open sights. I do have to slightly push the Butler Creek to get it close on mine. However I do like the metal folding stock opposed to the plastic.
I have the BC and like it, but currently have the wood stock on. For a folding stock I thought it gave a pretty good sight picture. For me, my mini was slightly more accurate with the wood stock on but liked how the black stock looked on a stainless mini.
Pretty well, but then again I'm not as hard on rifles as I use to be. I did the paint job about 17 months ago and the stock is holding up better than the handguard.
I'm getting older so I don't trample through the woods like I use to; most of the wear has come from the rifle rubbing on the rack under the back seat of my truck. In retrospect, I probably should have shot some flat polyurethane on it. Maybe next time.
I like the Tapco Stock (top & bot rails std, adj. grip, etc… but wanted a folder or slider.
So I started building "FrankinStock" The parts are out a the machinist right now but I'll shoot some pic's when I get them back (got a good rate by telling them to do my work as a fill in when they were not busy w/ big jobs).
I'm very happy to read that you ignored the misinformation that you received on the Choate stocks:
1. Doesn't lock in closed position.
2. I have read that the Choate stock has some flex to it (especially near gas block), and softens up under warm conditions.
The Choates are made of military-grade Zytel and are the best folding stocks for the Mini-14 period. As far as a longer length of pull longer than the factory stock, most male shooters PREFER the 1-inch longer length of pull. I have two of these stocks by the way, and in twenty years I have not had a single problem with either of them. Choate stated in the 1980s that they were "guaranteed for life. Your's or our's, whichever comes first".
If you'll measure the length of pull that you prefer, Choate will accommodate your request for free. I've always had to send mine back in for an inch longer arm. I always put Choate folders on all of my Mini's, both the 14 and 30, I wouldn't use anything else. The Ruger factory folder looks sweet but it is a wobble machine and the BC unit has always been second place to Choate. http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/mini-14-mini-30-gallery/73219-post-your-mini-porn-8.html