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This is a discussion on Mini 14 conversion complete within the Steel and Wood forums, part of the Rifle Forum category; Originally Posted by cmshoot Very nice work! Thanks cmshoot. It took a lot of time, research, and work. But it has payed off. It turns ...


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Old January 14th, 2016, 09:24 AM   #91
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Very nice work!
Thanks cmshoot. It took a lot of time, research, and work. But it has payed off. It turns heads at the range every time I go. People get confused as to what it is. I have been told nice m1a or m14 more than half the time.

I was told by a range instructor that he loved this rifle in the marines and that he qualified with it. He took my offer for him to shoot some rounds down range, and when i handed him a magazine he looked at the 5.56 ammo and said I handed him the wrong ammo. I just said no I didnt. He sat there for a minute puzzled then he finally laughed when he realized what it was we talked about it for a bit then he shot 20 rounds. i then took out the M1a which he shot 20 rounds. While pointing at the mini he said "Uncle Sam should of switched to something like that or stayed with the m14."

I even had a range instructor freak out when I was trying to load 5.56 into an "m14" ha.

Ive had multiple people ask me which gives me the best accuracy 150's, 168's, or 175's I just give them a blank stare for a couple seconds and just say "I don't know if id risk any of those heavy rounds. I just use 55g." Some people get it after a bit and laugh and some others still don't get it and ask the question again.

All the questions about 150's 168's and 175's has inspired me to build a 300bo version I am already in the planning of.

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I still have my original 185 series I bought new back in the 80's.
Your Mini looks AWESOME! Great Work.
Thanks luigi. I'm glad people like it. Of all forums I knew the m14 forum would love it the most. I didn't get as much love from the ruger mini 14 forum if you can believe that.

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I bought a 183 series new way back when. Your work inspired me to did it out of the safe. Until now the only modification was a Choate M14 style flash suppressor.

I looked at buttplate options and found the M1903 Springfield was very close in size. It also has the tang which wraps over the top of the comb like the early Minis had. I picked up a M1904A3 buttplate and am in process of getting it fitted to the stock. I will have to grind away a little of the buttplate on the sides and at the toe.

I am trying to figure a way to bore a hole for a USGI M1 cleaning kit to be stored under the trapdoor. Not sure I want to try that with the tools I have though. I am a charter member of the wood butcher club.

I will add an M14 front sling swivel using T-nuts inletted in the forend and will add a M1903A3 rear sling swivel.

I will probably stick with the factory wood handguard. I'd like to get the rifle parkerized or otherwise refinished but that ain't in the budget.

Thanks for the inspiration.
Your welcome. I hope to see more mini's like this. I wish ruger would do a model something like this. I looked at the 03 trapdoor too when I was researching but since mine is the 583 series it doesn't have the plate with the lip at the top. So it would of required more work. The sling swivels can be bought from numrich. My previous post somewhere shows where everything can be bought from that I used if you need it. I don't know what page maybe around 3 or so its a huge post from me.

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I want your mini, really bad!
Well Dirty Harry I would sell it but it would cost as much as an M1A without labor included so it isn't that cost effective. But if you are still interested shoot me a PM. I don't price gouge but I would honestly just want enough money to build another and make a little money from labor lol.

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Man that is simply a knock out.
Thanks Snyper. I honestly didn't expect the ranch rifle stock to actually look this good under that fake spray on wood grain crap. All I did was sand it all off by hand which took 2 or 3 hours "kudos for ruger for having a robust wallpaper coat on the stocks". Then I just stained it with some mahogany stain then rubbed in a light coat of linseed oil. Everything was purchased and installed by me. I'm no expert anyone can do it. The most "skill" intensive thing was the refinishing of the rifle and also removing the front sight. I settled with Cerekote instead of parkorizing due to some parts such as the bolt being stainless steel. I went with armorer black color. You need a sand blasting cabinet that your barreled action will fit in, an Air compressor for auto stuff or painting, auto painting setup, your cerekote of choice, and one of those tall square gas smokers that your barreled action will fit in for baking the cerekote. It gets expensive but it is one of those one time buys on most the stuff that you can use for a while such as air compressor, smoker, and sandblast cabinet. As for removing the front sight, it is pressed on with the weight of the Titanic or Texas or the moon or something. You can make a jig thing or use a press for removing it. I was tired of cursing so I took it to my gunsmith down the road payed him 20 dollars and he used his press and removed it in 30 seconds. Best 20 dollars spent in a long long time.

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Old October 29th, 2016, 09:38 PM   #92
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I had 100 dollars saved up to just blowing on whatever and I was looking for an M14 stock here in the classifieds because I still do not have a good GI walnut after missing out on another one of cv60sailor's stocks I decided to check up on another stock I have had on the back of my head for a year or so now.

I have kept my eye on an out-of-stock item on midway for a year or so now which is a wood ruger brand mini 14 stock replacement for the 580 series ranch rifle. Nothing special I know but it is required because the 300BO does not come with a wood stock. And I have been itching to have a 300BO rifle and an AR just makes me throw up in my mouth a little just thinking about it. Well today I looked up the stock and sure enough it was in stock.

So naturally the stock was purchased. And of course the other nick nacks have to be with it so over to Numrich.com I went to get the M16A1 trapdoor and a 1.25'' rear sling swivel. Then over to Fulton Armory for a Fulton hand guard without retainer as well as a
m14 front sling swivel.

I will do a new topic thread here on the forum on the FULL conversion with loads of pictures of the project every step of the way and they will be on my photobucket account so the links wont break and it will all be on the first post so people don't have to dig around like on this one to find pictures and stuff.

Just happy to announce it has finally begun. One slight problem though.....now I got to get the rifle......within this month im sure. And some cerekote hardener since mine is dried up. This will be a perfect winter project.......just like my other one imagine that.

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Welcome to the forum sir.
You have made a wise choice with the Mini 14. Extremely reliable and easy to enjoy.
My 181 has been ticking nicely for many years.

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NF1E mine 'doubles' if I do not hold it tight...lol

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Old October 29th, 2016, 10:09 PM   #94
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The rifle has been put on layaway on budsgunshop..........its a sickness for sure.

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Old October 30th, 2016, 11:36 AM   #95
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I'm thinking another mini is in my future...

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Old October 30th, 2016, 11:58 AM   #96
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Yeah, sure,
I got mine halfway converted and finally almost forgot about it by going elbows deep into a couple full size 14 projects , fishing and working , ect

I was really almost rehabilitated then somebody revived this thread

I just fell face first , right off the wagon right back into the gutter

Then again that's what friends are for

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Yeah, sure,
I got mine halfway converted and finally almost forgot about it by going elbows deep into a couple full size 14 projects , fishing and working , ect

I was really almost rehabilitated then somebody revived this thread

I just fell face first , right off the wagon right back into the gutter

Then again that's what friends are for
Sorry or your welcome I guess lol.

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Mini 14

Well played Sir. I had a Mini 14 decades before my M1A Scout. When production first started, a .308 Mini 30 was rumored. If only........

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That may be the coolest thing I see this week!

Awesome work!

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Old October 31st, 2016, 09:22 AM   #100
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Well everything has been payed for including the rifle and the project should start sometime next week maybe next weekend. Extra low on funds now guess I will be on a ramen noodle and 1$ pizza diet till next week HA worth it.

Pretty soon the new mini 300bo will look this good! And have a rightful place in my safe next to the Mini 14 among the M1A's and M14's.

Life is good.

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Rifles that were put together with their owners vision and placed into wood...have souls. Very nice work .


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Awesome!!!
I'm working a mini in the same direction. Did the Accu-strut, rear sight, and a Choate handguard, is on the way. The flash suppressor is the hardest thing to find, and the supplier listed in the original post is currently out of stock.

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Awesome!!!
I'm working a mini in the same direction. Did the Accu-strut, rear sight, and a Choate handguard, is on the way. The flash suppressor is the hardest thing to find, and the supplier listed in the original post is currently out of stock.
Do you have the old 180 series or the new 580 series? I am assuming it is a ranch rifle without the threaded barrel. It is a pain and a half to get that front sight off. It required a press. Then required a press to get the flash hider on. The Black out or any mini 14 tactical rifle is easier to get the m14 look due to the threaded barrel.

My Mini 14 300 Black out project is almost about to begin. I have everything except the rear sight and flash hider. Both will be purchased this weekend. And the rifle hasn't arrived yet. Hopefully by this weekend.

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580 Ranch.

I should have gone with the threaded suppressor version, and just got an aftermarket wood stock. I'm confident mine won't look as good as yours.

Here's the best I've done with it.
100 yds. bench.
Iron sights. (Rear sight replacement, from Accuracy Systems)
The 10 shot group reveals everything!!!

Probably gonna get the gas bushing kit as well. The brass hits the charging handle when extracted. Every case is dinged.
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