View Full Version : Mini-14 B-Square scope mount?
October 26, 2009, 12:48 PM
Anybody used one of these? I'm looking for a rail for my 580 series Ranch that will still allow me to use the irons with see through rings.
October 26, 2009, 01:21 PM
I use one of these.
This allows me to mount a scope forward for distance and mount the site rearward for close up. Or you can use a red dot type optic.
October 26, 2009, 01:35 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm really not looking to change the stock. I like the original configuration, just want some more options for mounting a scope, and thought the B-Square rig might be slick as it claims to allow the use of the irons at the same time.
October 28, 2009, 10:31 PM
Yes, I've tried the B-Square on the Mini-14 and I like it. It's not your only option, though. Since yours is the Ranch model, you could go with a set of see-through scope rings that Weaver makes for the Mini-14 (Ranch only). These would also allow you to retain the use of your iron sights.
There is another advantage of going with the B-Square though. Once you get it set up and your optics dialed in, you can use the set screws on the mount to lock in your settings. With everything tight, the mount and optic can then be removed as a unit, allowing you to remove the bolt out of the top of the receiver for cleaning or maintenance. When you re-attach the mount, your settings will not be lost.
Just one negative on the B-Square...It comes with a snap ring and spacer on the thread side of the mounting knob. I removed these in order to give the knob a little extra bite (more threads) into the cover plate threads. Otherwise, the mount will loosen up after firing a few rounds. I also found that replacing the stock wave-type lock washer with a more substantial wave lock washer helped keep the whole assembly snug on the receiver.
Warning...Don't go with knock-offs...stick with the actual B-Square.
October 29, 2009, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the good review. The Ruger see-throughs would be my first choice, except that the scope I want to use isn't quite long enough to mount properly that way. I need it moved back just a tad farther to get proper eye relief. Looks like B-Square is going to be it.
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