WardenWolf, on Jun 20 2009, 03:44 PM, said:
First, most of the high-cap mags for the Mini-14 are made by Pro Mag, a company that specializes in turning perfectly good guns into paperweights. Stock, well, that's entirely subjective. ATI makes stocks for various guns. They're good quality, but ugly as all hell. And tacticlol stuff? Maybe a basic scope or red dot.
I At the moment, it has a Leapers 3-9X50 IR scope on it, and it works just fine for now. The only ATI stock i can find is that ugly folding stock they make, im more into a normal Monte Carlo style stock. Thanks for the idea, though. I have seen the ProMg magazines, and my god they are heavy! I have a National Magazine ( i think, no stamping on it, tho) 30 rd, and its never failed me yet, so....
Frontier_Bill, on Jun 20 2009, 05:58 PM, said:
How many times have you asked us to address your overheating problem? We have answered your question multiple times, you just refuse to accept the answer.
Magazines - stick to Ruger magazines. Others are really finicky.
I am not sure about the stocks having an effect on accuracy. For use as a "light sniper rifle" (which is a complete crock of crap. A Mini-14 doesn't have the accuracy or stopping power to be anything remotely like a sniper rifle.) you should just be using the factory stock. They are solid stocks. Anything aftermarket is simply a downgrade.
My wording has been fixed, sorry if i gave you the wrong idea. I had wanted to go with Ruger factory, but i didnt know if they still produced 30rds
ION KING, on Jun 20 2009, 08:29 PM, said:
Hey the reason your barrel overheats is your firing to fast. The Mini 14 has a thinner barrel than a AR15 or a AK47 so the thicker the barrel the faster you can fire. You can't really fix it, or atleast I don't think, without getting a new, thicker barrel.
Overheat problem taken out of equation, felt like a NERTZ bag for even mentioning it in this context.
M.O.P., on Jun 20 2009, 08:43 PM, said:
Well, I don't know why you want a new stock but if it is just for looks, it isn't worth it. Also if the rail on the mini 14 is anything like the rail for the full size M14 then you are going to have some issues because the rail comes loose pretty easily and you will need to sight it in ALOT. And like Ion King said, a thicker barrel will help your overheating issues. But as with all semi-autos don't expect amazing accuracy at range because the fact is that the chamber is going to be quite looser than you would see on a bolt action.
The mount i have on it holds insanely tight, never came loose. Its one of the UTG mounts with the rail on the side. very solid, no movement at all. Notice i asked what the benefits of a replacement stocks were. If it cuts down on weight and makes it feel better (i love the way Hougue stocks feel, just never used a Ghillie Model), then its worth it to me. And as far as accuracy goes, The things accurate enough for me. Im not saying its National Match or anything, just that its accurate enough for varmint work out to short/ medium distances.
PistolWhipped, on Jun 20 2009, 10:28 PM, said:
Mags, go with Ruger Factory magazines. They are some of the most reliable available.
Stock, I'd say keep the factory. If it is a necessity, Hogue Overmolded stocks are nice, but you could invest that money into ammo and be better off.
Overheating issue. Shoot slower is the cheapest, easiest, and most reliable method to prevent it. It simply is. A heavy fluted aftermarket barrel can do it, but at a high price. The other option, is a barrel shroud/heat shield of some description. It won't be as efficient as a heavy barrel, simple or effective as shooting slower, and may effect accuracy. However it is still an option As a "scout/light sniper rifle" (I'm assuming you mean some form of short range DM styled carbine, as that is about as close as you can get with an old Mini 14), the sniping and scout philosophies both include conservation of shots. Ergo, shoot slower is a better option here.
Trinkets? A good cleaning kit and some BreakFree CLP or M-Pro cleaning chemicals. And range time. Or save for a better rifle. I'm always going to suggest a better rifle.
In short, your best bet in .223 for the performance you seem to want would be a varminting AR15. You won't get that performance form a Mini-14. What you will get is a relatively innocuous looking semi carbine in .223. It it what it is. No stock, trinket, or doodad will change it. It's like dressing up a Tippmann, it'll still be a Tippmann with all the stuff bolted on it.
Ruger factory mags are hard to come by here, and i have yet to see any in 30rd. U got it right with the barrel, its very expensive, im just trying to make due with what i have. And thats exactly what i mean, a DM style carbine. I cant afford a new gun, let alone an AR of any make. Im making due with what i have, and since this gun works for me, im going to use it. Like i said, i cant afford a better rifle. ARs are too damn expensive, and im not selling this one, so im trying to make it work.
flyweightnate, on Jun 21 2009, 06:36 AM, said:
HK MR556 is getting released soon....
Short of a $1700 rifle, which will serve your purpose properly, we need to know what you mean by 'scout/ sniper'. Look into the Steyr Scout rifle, as well... I believe even Walmart sells them. Six pound gun, bolt action, .308 (or better, available), and sub-MOA at 300 yards. 5.56 just isn't a great round for distance shooting... frankly, it's just not a great round, since it tends to punch right through whatever it hits, unless body armor is in the way to make it tumble.
Wal Mart selling Scouts? where do u live and where can i get a plane ticket? ha. By " scout sniper" i meant a DMR styled Carbine. Short range accurate carbine. Its all the gun is. I cant afford a new rifle, and I have had good success with the Vmax and Nosler round i have been using, never had a shoot through, they always make hell inside whater i just shot.
This post has been edited by Kontract Killa: 21 June 2009 - 02:42 PM