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I have a beautiful Mini 14 581 series tactical with a Circassian walnut stock. For fun, I swapped out my walnut stock with my son's Hogue overmolded stock and I swear my groups got smaller. I want to go back to the range and swap stocks while there to actually see if it's my imagination, but I was wondering if anybody else noticed an improvement in accuracy when using the Hogue stock.
 

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I'll bet if you bed your walnut stock your groupa will also get smaller. I've heard both sides of he Hogue over molded. Some say yes and others say no. kwg
 

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I may have to look into that. The Hogue stock seems to shoot better and feel great, but man that walnut definitely has "the look". :)
 

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Just a thought here, I understand the look thing, but if your goal is a purty wall hanger, go for it the wood. If your goal is hitting the target bulls-eye every time, YOUR shooting COMFORT is the most important thing. Consistent hold on the weapon is much, much more important for consistent hits.

I personally don't care what my target gun looks like to someone else, as long as I put holes in the X ring, every time, I'm happy.

I forgot to add, I use overmolded furniture sets on my target guns.
 

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Just a thought here, I understand the look thing, but if your goal is a purty wall hanger, go for it the wood. If your goal is hitting the target bulls-eye every time, YOUR shooting COMFORT is the most important thing. Consistent hold on the weapon is much, much more important for consistent hits.

I personally don't care what my target gun looks like to someone else, as long as I put holes in the X ring, every time, I'm happy.

I forgot to add, I use overmolded furniture sets on my target guns.
Honestly, I don't think of my Mini as a target rifle. I have other, highly accurate rifles for that. To me the aesthetics of this rifle are important (not for anybody's pleasure, but my own), but I do want it to be fairly accurate. If I could get the accuracy I need by bedding the walnut stock, that may be worth it to me. The stock isn't a standard wood stock, but a very nice Circassian walnut.
 

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I recently bought a Hogue overmolded stock for m mini...I got it in the Ghillie green, I know! what was I thinking! Should hae gotten the basic black stock.

Anyway, a couple of quick observations, the stock is easy to install, and the action drops in no problems. I bought a forend insert/cap assembly which also installed easily, but you can swap over the insert and cap assembly from the factory wood/synthetic stock.

The rubber overmold has a pebbled texture in the grip area that is nice. The rubber and texture provide a very positive non slip grip surface.

The length of pull is a bit longer than the factory and that changes the feel of the rifle when shouldered. That may or may not be an improvement, I think it is.

After shooting the mini with the Hogue stocks, I can't say my groups were any smaller than the ones I shot with the birch stock. Handling was more positive and comfortable.

Over all I like the Hogue mini 14 aftermarket stock, just wished I'd gotten one in black. I ordered the stock online and the description was Ghillie green (OD green).

So I'm thinking Ghillie is a shade of olive drab. What I got was a shade of OD green with flecks of earthtones. Kinda looks like green linolieum, So now you know...in case you decide do buy one in Ghillie green...ah well...lol
 
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