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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:59 pm 
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My buddy - who is a LEFTY - is looking to get a Mini-14 and is concerned about the brass ejecting in his face. Anyone know if someone makes a Brass Deflector that can help him out, either Ruger brand or aftermarket?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:35 pm 
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Check out Accuracy Systems, they make adjustable gas ports to lower the bolt velocity and drop cases at your feet.

My .223 Mini mostly lauches them forward, I haven't shot the 6.8 one yet.

http://www.accuracysystemsinc.com/index.php

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:39 am 
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if he's looking at a new one (they are all ranch rifles now) he needs to worry more about the cases hitting him on top of the head when they come down... I really don't think he needs to worry.... those critters get slung high and wide.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:07 am 
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clogan0304 wrote:
My buddy - who is a LEFTY - is looking to get a Mini-14 and is concerned about the brass ejecting in his face. Anyone know if someone makes a Brass Deflector that can help him out, either Ruger brand or aftermarket?


Thank you for the informative replies.

I joined the forum yesterday - just so I could ask the same question myself :D


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:39 am 
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blume357 wrote:
if he's looking at a new one (they are all ranch rifles now) he needs to worry more about the cases hitting him on top of the head when they come down... I really don't think he needs to worry.... those critters get slung high and wide.


It is a used one - about 9yrs old - but hasn't seen much but the inside of a gun safe all those years. How will I know if this one is a "Ranch Rifle"? And, I thought all Mini-14s were called "Ranch Rifles". Apparently I have much to learn.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:14 pm 
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I'm a leftie and after I added a smaller gas port bushing to my Mini-14, I don't have any issue with empty cases flying back at me. With the stock setup, the cases used to fly about 25-30 feet away. It got to where I waited to take the right-most lane at my club so I wouldn't be lobbing cases at 5 or 6 other shooters.

Now with the smaller bushing, the case only travel about 4-5 feet and slightly forward. :) Miss the long walks to pick up cases.....


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Ranch Rifles have integral scope bases (and were sold with Ruger scope rings). They also say "Ranch Rifle" on the back of the receiver.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:14 pm 
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I use the Mini and am left handed. Empty brass doesn't come near my face at all. The only poblem I have at the range, being lefty means I can't set up a cardboard stop to keep the brass from shooting down about 4 benches. I have no sympathy for anyone who sets up (after) next to me but I do feel a bit bad about it when they're about 20 yards away.

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