Best Mini 14 Stocks

Choosing the Best Mini 14 Stocks

Various Mini 14 Stocks

There are many types of Mini 14 stocks available on the market to fit consumer shooting needs and styles. The Mini 14 Ranch rifle originally came with a wood stock. These stocks have been the traditional style stock when you think of a Ruger Mini 14.

Over the years, as the Mini 14 has gained popularity with law enforcement, varmint hunters, and homestead defenders, the aftermarket has produced a large number of replacement stocks to fill consumer demands. Recently, Ruger also produced the Ruger Mini 14 Tactical series, recognizing the high demand for a tactical style Mini 14.

The Ruger Mini 14 is a highly versatile rifle and can be modified to fit the needs of many groups of firearms owners. From home defense and small game hunting to law enforcement and tactical use, The Mini 14 can do the job.

The Ruger Mini 14 rifles can be custom designed to the needs of the shooter. Every shooter has different needs and tailoring the rifle to those needs is always beneficial. Hunting, target shooting, self defense, and tactical training are just a few examples of the role a Mini 14 can play. Hunters can design a lightweight and accurate rifle, while a target shooter may prefer a heavier and more physically appealing rifle.

The rifle stock dictates the length of pull, the weight, handling, and the comfort of the rifle. It is important to consider your needs and customize the rifle to those needs. You can create a purpose built rifle that excels at that purpose, or build a rifle that meets the needs a multiple uses.

 

Needs to Consider When Choosing a Mini 14 Stock

  1. Maintenance and abuse of the rifle
  2. Weight of rifle
  3. Length of rifle
  4. Appearance of the rifle
  5. Shooters and shooting style

 

Maintenance and Abuse

The abuse that you can dish out to a rifle stock can greatly affect your stock choice. Decide if you are going to keep this gun in the safe except when at the range on a sunny day or if you will be marching through the muddy forest on a rainy hunt.

There is nothing wrong with working your rifle hard, just make sure that you plan for rough use when choosing your stock to ensure the lifespan of your stock. If you decide on a stock that will require a lot of maintenance to retain its value and condition, you should be aware of the work it will take.

 

Weight Considerations

Stock WeightThe Ruger Mini 14 is not the lightest rifle on the market and your choice in stocks can greatly increase or decrease the carry weight of your firearm. Wood stocks are constructed of a solid piece of wood and can be heavy on long winded hikes or prolonged handling of the rifle. Synthetic stocks are definitely lighter, however don’t provide as much recoil mitigation.

There are plenty of synthetic stocks that can be just as heavy as wooden stocks. Check the synthetic stock for the necessities before choosing. If weight is the concern, stay away from synthetic stocks that have extra material in the buttstock, more rails than you can count, and other unnecessary parts that increase the weight of the stock.

On the other side, wood and metal stocks can be lighter when designed properly. There are some metal stocks that are a skeleton style frame and have the bare bones structure, thus cutting the weight down. Wood stocks can have material removed as well to lighten the load.

 

Length of the Rifle

Mini 14 StocksThe Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle comes with a factory length of 38”, but don’t be deceived by the length, a folding stock or adjustable stock can ensure a short length to fit your needs. There are many folding Mini 14 Stocks available to increase portability and concealment. Tactical style adjustable position stocks can be used to shorten and lengthen the stock for close quarters or to fit the shooter.

Mini 14 folding stocks are hinged directly behind the receiver, greatly reducing the length of the rifle. This is useful for transporting the rifle in various situations. Make sure you get a folding stock that locks solidly in both the folded and unfolded positions.

Adjustable Mini 14 stocks usually have 3-6 positions to move the stock in or out. This function is used to get the right length of pull for the shooter, no matter the size or clothing of the user. It is particularly usefull in close quarter situations, such as in the home.

 

Mini 14 Appearance

Sometimes an important feature of our rifles is the appearance, although it certainly should not be the most important. Your taste and your budget will guide you in this area.

Some folks prize the beauty of a traditional wood stock above all else, while some enjoy the sleek tactical styling of a black synthetic stock. The choice is yours and there is a stock out there to meet your taste.

 

Shooters and Shooting Style

Up Close Shooting StanceEvery buy something that says it’s a universal size and it didn’t fit?

That’s because people come in all shapes and sizes and Mini 14 stocks do as well. We know that men and women are different sizes and that some people have longer arms than others, so your stock should be fit to you. You can’t change your size and shape, but you can change your stock to the one that fits best or is adjustable to your needs. Shooting styles also differ; hunters hold their rifles differently than tactically trained individuals.

Recognize you size and issues that you have with longer or shorter stocks. Make sure that you get the stock that fits you. If multiple shooters may be using the same Mini 14, look into an adjustable type stock.

Many tactical shooters are trained to get in closer on the rifle and sights with a square stance, while hunters often use canted stance and have their head farther back on the rifle. Know what type of shooter you are and the style shooting that is most comfortable and effective for you.

ATI Strikeforce Mini 14 Tactical Folder

Strikeforce Mini 14 Stock

ATI Strikeforce Mini 14 Stock

The ATI Mini 14 stock is an awesome Mini 14 tactical stock that’s ready to go. The Strikeforce folding stock has a six position collapsible and folding stock, a removable cheek rest, pistol grip, and picatinny rails, making it one of the top choices for a tactical stock.

The six position collapsible stock gives the Ruger Mini 14 Strikeforce stock a perfect fit to all shooters and the versatility to adjust the stock to the style of the shooter. The tactical folding stock allows the Mini 14 rifle to fit in smaller places or be transported more easily and can be fired in the folded position. The Strikeforce stock is easily folded by depressing the large spring loaded button on the hinged portion of the stock. The hinge snaps securely in place when the stock is opened. Included with the Mini 14 tactical stock is a drop tube adapter for use with iron sights

ATI’s Scorpion recoil pad is a great design and gives an absorbed recoil that noticeably increases the accuracy of your Ruger Mini 14. The cheek rest is an added luxury for long range shooting and although I haven’t been using mine, it does function well and provides the correct sight alignment.

ATI’s grooved pistol grip provides an awesome grip and better control for improved accuracy. The pistol grip is also very ergonomic and allows for a comfortable shooting grip. A bit of grip tape adds to grip during rain or with sweaty hands.

The picatinny rails make the ATI Tactical stock an awesome tactical stock for creating the ultimate tactical Mini 14, allowing you to add tactical lights or other Mini 14 accessories. The tactical stock comes with one 7” picatinny rail and three 2” rails (one with a sling stud).

Mini 14 Tapco Intrafuse Tactical Stock

Tapco Mini 14 Tactical Stock

Tapco Intrafuse Tactical Mini 14 Stock

The Tapco Intrafuse Tactical  Mini 14 Stocks are one of the best quality tactical stocks on the market for the Ruger Mini 14. Tapco has worked hard to create durable tactical products and definitely deserves its recognition.

The Tapco Tactical stock comes equipped with a 6 position collapsible stock(not a folding stock) with a rubber butt pad to reduce recoil. The Intrafuse stock boasts the best in ergonomics and perfect fit for the tactical shooter.

The Tapco tactical stock also fits both the Ruger Mini 14 and the Ruger Mini 30. The Tapco stock will work with the new 6.8 SPC Ruger Mini 14 as well. The stock includes 2 styles of receiver extensions. The straight style extension is designed to be used with optics and gives the shooter the correct alignment and cheek weld for optics. The angled design is better suited for using iron sights with you Tapco stock.

The SAW style pistol grip provides a consistent grip while shooting and allows for storage inside the grip for additional Mini 14 accessories or cleaning supplies. This Mini 14 tactical stock is made of reinforced composite materials for durability.

The Tapco Mini 14 stocks feature a picatinny rail on the underside of the forearm under a removable cover. This allows the shooter to add forward grips and bipods to the Mini 14. The top barrel cover is equipped with an integrated rail to mount optics and other Mini 14 accessories to the rifle.

The Intrafuse Tactical for Mini 14 rifles is made 100% in USA, an added bonus feature! This Tapco stock will ONLY fit to rifles with serial # beginning with 181 or higher. It WILL NOT work with 180 series Mini 14 rifles. Current production Ranch Rifles with the plastic original stock will require a Mag Well Reinforcement available from Ruger.

The Tapco Intrafuse Ruger Mini 14 Stock are truly an awesome choice for training with a Mini 14 or to transform your Mini 14 ranch rifle into a tactical rifle. With a name like Tapco behind it, you can’t go wrong and I can say from first-hand experience that Tapco provides excellent customer service after the sale.

 

Muzzelite Mini 14 Bullpup Stock

Mini 14 Bullpup Stock

Mini 14 Bullpup Stock

The Muzzelite Mini 14 Bullpup Stock is a great option to reduce the length of your Mini 14 rifle.

This bullpup stock will reduce the overall length of your Mini 14 to 26.5”.

This bullpup stock will allow you to carry your Ruger Mini 14 with better mobility and allow you to store or conceal the Mini 14 easily. The bullpup stock is attached to your rifle and moves the action farther back into the stock. The trigger assembly is moved farther forward and the magazine well is now behind the trigger assembly. Cartridge ejection is in the rear of the stock. This setup creates a very compact Mini 14 rifle.

Muzzelite Mini 14 Bullpup Stock

Muzzelite Mini 14 Bullpup Stock

Muzzlelite Mini 14 bullpup stocks have fixed sights and are adjustable. Windage  is adjusted on the rear sight and elevation is adjusted on the front of the stock. The scope mount is included and attached in the carry handle of the stock.

The Mini 14 Bullpup is constructed of fiberglass reinforced plastic for durability and  weight. The stock includes the allen wrench that is required for installation. The bullpup stock is designed for right handed shooters and cannot be fired left handed.

Because of the design and the magwell being positioned behind the trigger assembly, some high capacity magazines won’t clear the trigger assembly. This is definitely something to consider prior to purchasing the Muzzlelite Mini 14 bullpup stock.

Some care needs to be exercised when converting to a bullpup stock. Federal law requires an overall length of 26” for a legal rifle. Using a rifle with a shorter barrel may cause the completed rifle to be less that 26” and violate federal law. Don’t Do This!

This bullpup stock for the Mini 14 is 23” in length and would require the barrel to extend another 3”.

It is also your responsibility to check local and state laws to ensure compliance.

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