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Old September 17, 2023, 03:21 PM   #1
1stmar
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Mini 14 bolt/firing pin question..

I’ve been getting some very inconsistent ejection and groupings with my mini 14. My chronograph is broken but I suspect my velocities are varying substantially. Confident it is not an ammo issue. Was thinking it might be an ignition issue.

I noticed that if I pull the charging handle to the rear and look at the firing pin it doesn’t seem to be under any spring tension. Tipping the rifle down I can see the firing pin slide inside the bolt. Tipping the rifle back I can see it slide about 1/4 inch out the back of the bolt.

Is this normal? I’ve had no misfires.

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Old September 17, 2023, 05:37 PM   #2
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Mini 14

Firing pin is free floating just like the M14 which was its inspiration.
This is not problematic as long as it is kept clean.
A clean chamber is very important in this rifle.
The pre 580 series mini 14 was not noted for stellar accuracy.
My 1980's era shoots 3-4" at 100 yards with the iron sights
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Old September 17, 2023, 06:12 PM   #3
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Thanks Jcj54.
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