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Accurizing Tips
Tips to make your Mini shoot better than you ever thought possible...

 

Basic mods

Stabilize the barrel. Change it, strut it, or weight it. Adding a weight on the end, such as a muzzle brake or flash hider, will create a vibrational "node" at the muzzle and cut group size by as much as half. This can work in addition to the benefit provided by a barrel strut. 

Get a trigger job. Most triggers from the factory are rough and heavy. No matter how good your rifle is, you can't make great shots with a 12-pound pull and lots of creep. A good gunsmith can work wonders on a factory trigger for under $50.

OUR FAVORITE AMMO

 Budget: try Federal's American Eagle 50 grain FBHP (flatbase hollowpoint). It's a little harder to find than the more common 55 grain FMJ (full metal jacket), but groups are usually half the size!

Match grade: Black Hills/V-max

 

 

Ammo

Use the right ammo. The right ammo means what shoots best in YOUR particular Mini. Every Mini is a little unique. Compounding the problem is the fact that Ruger issued different rates-of-twist during the history of Mini barrel production, changing the optimal bullet weight for different models. Whether you hand-load or use factory ammo, a little trial-and-error might be in order.

One interesting comment we have heard is how the Accu-strut significantly reduces the ammo-sensitivity of the Mini. A good thing if you like to use different types of ammunition, or experiment with different bullet weights and powder loads.

 

NOTE: ANY MODIFICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED HERE AND ATTEMPTED BY YOU ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE OR INJURY RESULTING FROM WORK YOU HAVE DONE TO YOUR FIREARM. IF YOU LACK THE MECHANICAL SKILLS TO ATTEMPT YOUR OWN MODIFICATIONS PLEASE REFER THE JOB TO A PROFESSIONAL GUNSMITH!!! Other fixes

Bed the stock. Just a little looseness in the receiver-to-stock interface can translate to several inches error downrange. If you see a lot of "flyers"- bad shots that don't seem to group with your other rounds- you may have unacceptable play in this area. No amount of barrel stabilization will fix this. Have a gunsmith bed the stock, or buy a good glass-bedding kit and do it yourself.

Cryo-treat. This will not so much improve accuracy in terms of smaller group size, but will eliminate the very common tendency of the Mini barrel to bend progressively as it heats up, changing point-of-impact. This shows up as "stringing" of shots along a usually vertical line. If your Mini seems to do this, strongly consider cryogenic treatment. Do a web search, there are several good companies that specialize in this service.