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Old 10-22-2013, 14:22   #1
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Weight of Choate handguard vs Ruger's

Those of you who have the Choate handguard, did you find it lighter or heavier than the factory part?

Was it significant?
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Old 10-22-2013, 19:14   #2
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Id guess the choate is a bit lighter but not enough to notice. The choate does not have the steel liner under it like the ruger.
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Old 10-23-2013, 20:11   #3
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I don't know whether it's lighter or not, but my subjective observations are that it makes the rifle feel thinner and lighter. It also looks a helluva lot better and cools at least 100% better than the OEM Ruger part.
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I have the Choate on mine and really like the look over the Ruger part.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:52   #5
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Choate is lighter. I got the Choate on and the factory in a drawer. Maybe I'll bring them to work and weigh them.
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Originally Posted by COBrien View Post
I don't know whether it's lighter or not, but my subjective observations are that it makes the rifle feel thinner and lighter. It also looks a helluva lot better and cools at least 100% better than the OEM Ruger part.
It is for sure a better feel in your hand than the ruger hand guard. Smooths out the lines of the rifle and plan out looks better. Bought mine before I even picked up the mini from the ffl.
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Glad to hear it gets good reviews, I just ordered one the other day for my 189 Mini 30.
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I have one on mine and like other's have said it looks a lot better than OEM , the gun feel's slimmer and lighter. I do feel that the barrel is getting way more air and let's face it it just looks way cooler than the hunk of plastic that come's from the factory. IMHO
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Old 10-25-2013, 23:51   #9
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according to online data:

Amega MiniIII - 6.9oz
Ruger Handguard - 4oz
Coate handguard - 2oz
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Old 10-26-2013, 21:08   #10
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If you're having trouble deciding don't even give it a second thought! Mine just showed up today from Midway & I immediately snapped it on. Actually fits much tighter than the OEM guard & looks & feels 1000x better. Can't go wrong for $15! Should let more heat off the barrel too, BONUS.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:01   #11
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Originally Posted by accuracy View Post
according to online data:

Amega MiniIII - 6.9oz
Ruger Handguard - 4oz
Coate handguard - 2oz
Thanks!

I googled but didn't find that info. Should'a kept looking, I guess.
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Old 10-29-2013, 16:56   #12
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Remember, the Choate Handguard has a Lifetime Warranty.
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Old 10-29-2013, 16:59   #13
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I also have the Choate M4 Telescoping stock for my Mini 14 and Mini 30. Bought it off Gunbroker a little cheaper than Choate's website or Midway.
Rock solid. Adjusts to all the shooters in my family with the pull or push of the stock.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:38   #14
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Ruger mini 14 series 581 stock hand guard 4.0 oz, Choaote mini 14 vented hand guard, painted is 2.2 oz. I painted mine brown (like an M-14). So, the stock black Choate is probably like 2.0 oz unpainted. Hope that answers the question.
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