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Old May 20, 2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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mini-14 ammo

I have heard you can't use steel-cased [wolf ammo] in a Mini-14. also, what the difference in military 5.56 and commercial .223. I understand they are not interchangeble in some rifles. I bought some reloaded 5.56, but all the cases are brass. Does it depend on year of manufacture of gun? Mine was made in 1984, back when they didn't have slide covers and had wood cover on front of action instead of venilated metal covers like today.
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Old May 20, 2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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Absolutely can use steel cased ammo in it. You can shoot .223 out of a 5.56 rifle. You can shoot 5.56 out of a .223 but some advise against it. I believe it has to do with the difference in pressure. I don't shoot 5.56 out of mine, but that's just me. That way, it keeps Murphy's Law down to a minimum. Mine is a 1985 with the plastic handguard.
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Old May 20, 2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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I believe the Mini-14's have always been chambered for 5.56/.223 (except the target models). Remember these were designed to be military/police rifles. The pressure difference and tolerances in the chamber are why you should keep 5.56 away from a rifle that is strictly for .223. Steel ammo should be fine.

Also, the new hand guards are fiberglass (or some other synthetic material).
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Old May 20, 2012, 01:54 PM   #4
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I have a new Mini-14 ranch rifle. It works just fine with steel case ammo. The receiver is stamped ".223 Remington" but the owner's manual says you can shoot 5.56 NATO in all but the target models.

The first time I took the gun out I had a lot of problems with steel cased ammo -- but it turns out that was because the gun wasn't lubed yet. When I greased the bolt and the spring/oprod it magically started working.
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Old May 20, 2012, 01:55 PM   #5
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Even thoughyour Mini is stamped 223 it does in fact have a 5.56 chamber. You can shoot any ammo you can find in that rifle with no worries. You do not have to stay away from any type of ammo to "be on the safe side", Ruger put a 5.56 chamber in it to be on the safe side...
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Old May 21, 2012, 10:31 AM   #6
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I have a Mini 14 and when I bought it it was capable of shooting any type of 223 or 5.56 ammo, including IMI, domestic brands, handloads, Wolf and some other steel cased fodder. However, when I changed to a Shilen heavy barrel it became very picky. Would no longer accept Wolf ammo. I believe this is because of tighter chamber specs. Ruger made a slightly larger chamber to insure reliability, they digest almost all types of ammo but suffer a little in the accuracy department because of this.
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Old May 21, 2012, 10:44 AM   #7
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However, when I changed to a Shilen heavy barrel it became very picky. Would no longer accept Wolf ammo.
Barrel maker is trying to tell you not to use poor ammo.
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Old May 21, 2012, 01:29 PM   #8
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OLD MINI-14

THANKS ICEDOG88 FOR YOUR INFO. I got curious because you mentioned your Mini was built in 1985 and had Fiberglas hand guard cover. I went to Ruger site and my gun starts with serial # 183, built in 1981. More amazing was I stapled the receipt on back page of owners manual and I paid $235 for the rifle, box of .223, and a 20 shot clip! The new Mini-30 tactical I want costs over $900 bucks! Man, how times have changed and how old I've gotten.
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Old May 21, 2012, 04:22 PM   #9
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I use Wolf in my AC556 - no problem at all, even in full-auto.
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:35 AM   #10
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Glad if I helped buckhorn. I bought mine from a friend 3 months ago and paid just over $500.
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Old May 24, 2012, 11:23 AM   #11
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mini-30

IC88- I wish I had freinds like that. Gun shops around here mark any Ruger up a couple hundred bucks and then try to get you to buy over-priced options like $45 for a sling! I quess it's better to buy on-line, or from a freind like you did. Lucky DOG!
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Old May 25, 2012, 05:56 AM   #12
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That's why I call him a friend! One nick in the stock, bayonet lug, 5 Ruger mags. Could not pass that up.
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