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Old 04-15-2016, 06:00 PM   #1
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Hey guys-new guy here. Forgive me if I stuck this in the wrong place, maybe this belongs in the ammo section, move it if so. Any way I've got an early 90's Mini-14, it's my grandson's fav (and I like it too) and a while ago I bought some .223 on line. Fed Am Eagle and while it's not the best it's not the worst. Price was right. Didn't open the box till yesterday and noticed it's AR223. Emailed Federal and they said it's military primered and should only be shot through an AR. Well it's too late to return the ammo and I can sell it on Armslist or Backpage or etc. but I'm just curious what you guys think since you don't work for Federal and don't have to keep your asses covered. So you tell me- thanks
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:28 PM   #2
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As long as it is not the target mini-14, it should work.

The user's manual has information on correct caliber: https://ruger-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/_manuals/mini14-181-186.pdf
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Thanks Dan. Don't know if when I placed the order if it showed AR223 ammo but it was a Christmas present. For me. So it was a while ago. Lesson learned (again), pay attention.
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If it is .223 rem than there should be no issues in any .223 rem rifle no matter the primer. I think the mini is .556 rated. It sounds like a marketing gimic.
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Well I just wanted to make sure it was OK. Yes I know I can run both .223 and 5.56 in older Mini's but this AR223 I've never come across. Maybe just never noticed it. Read so many discussions on .223 vs 5.56, 7.62x51 vs .308, etc. makes one a little wary of unfamiliar ammo.
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"Military primed" means cheaper, harder primers - or nothing at all. The cartridge is .223 Rem, that's what the Mini was built to shoot. Fire away.

Many folks who are supposed to have technical answers have a hard time saying "I don't know". Gun shops, Best Buy, you name it. Instead they will say what uncle Bill said the other day, or just invent it on the spot.
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Best Buy has ammo?
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All Mini 14 are chambered in 5.56 except for the target model distinguishable by the harmonic dampener on the end of the barrel. I have fired thousands of round of .223 and 5.56 including the ammo in question. It all ran great. No worries. My 580 series has never had a hiccup with any ammo be it .223 or 5.56. Matter of fact i shot 100 rounds of AR223 last weekend. Total marketing bs. It ran great in both my mini14 and AR.

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Good to hear. Hey you're a good bunch, I may hang around a while. Noticed some threads on accurizing the Mini, need to check this out. And I have some questions about the gas reduction bushing kits I saw. Great googly moogly that rifle can kick empties farther than the shots travel.That I probably need to go to another forum department. Thanks again guys-
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