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Old 01-09-2012, 12:40 AM   #11
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Mine throws brass 20+ yards and dents half of it and that's with .223. On the plus side it has never failed to cycle, but its definitely high on pressure. I figured that much force would be tough on the action. Just out of curiosity does your throw brass as far or is that just with the newer minis?
20 yards, seriously?
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Mine throws brass 20+ yards and dents half of it and that's with .223. On the plus side it has never failed to cycle, but its definitely high on pressure. I figured that much force would be tough on the action. Just out of curiosity does your throw brass as far or is that just with the newer minis?
LOL! Only 20 yards? Mine slings it clear into the next county! That's always been a characteristic of the Mini. Nothing like a good positive ejection system.
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These rifles have been around for many years. You'll have no problem with your rifle from shooting either caliber.
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20 yards, seriously?
I asked some guys at the other end of the tables at the range to keep a heads up for flying brass while I shot a few rounds. They thought I was joking until brass from the first shot hit one of them. I hate getting the tables on the far right because I can't ever find the brass and if I go the left I take a chance on hitting people to the right. So yes, seriously 20 yards. But again, it has never failed to cycle.
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I asked some guys at the other end of the tables at the range to keep a heads up for flying brass while I shot a few rounds. They thought I was joking until brass from the first shot hit one of them. I hate getting the tables on the far right because I can't ever find the brass and if I go the left I take a chance on hitting people to the right. So yes, seriously 20 yards. But again, it has never failed to cycle.
Wow, I guess not!
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I asked some guys at the other end of the tables at the range to keep a heads up for flying brass while I shot a few rounds. They thought I was joking until brass from the first shot hit one of them. I hate getting the tables on the far right because I can't ever find the brass and if I go the left I take a chance on hitting people to the right. So yes, seriously 20 yards. But again, it has never failed to cycle.
I've been using a rigid plastic brass catcher by E & L Manufacturing on my Mini for about 20 years. It's about $36 and will be the best investment you'll ever make if you want to retreive your fired brass. It works flawlessly without interferring with the operation of the gun. I have the model #101, but you'll probably need the model #102 if your's Mini is a Ranch or Mini-30 style. It fixes the problem of flying brass at the range, no kidding!

Here's a link to the E & L website:

E&L Manufacturing e.Store - Brass Catchers
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A gun chambered for 5.56 will fire a .223, but a .223 should not fire the 5.56. The case dimensions are slightly different and a 5.56 in a .223 chambered weapon (except for bolt and single fire) can rupture. It will fire, but id stay on the safe side. The .223 in the 5.56 is ok though becaues the case on the .223 is thicker and fits well enough to operate. Its much like the relationship between .308 and 7.62 x 51 except reversed. The .308 can fire the 7.62 but a 7.62 should never fire a .308. Again to do with case thickness and minor differences in dimensions.

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A gun chambered for 5.56 will fire a .223, but a .223 should not fire the 5.56. The case dimensions are slightly different and a 5.56 in a .223 chambered weapon (except for bolt and single fire) can rupture. It will fire, but id stay on the safe side. The .223 in the 5.56 is ok though becaues the case on the .223 is thicker and fits well enough to operate. Its much like the relationship between .308 and 7.62 x 51 except reversed. The .308 can fire the 7.62 but a 7.62 should never fire a .308. Again to do with case thickness and minor differences in dimensions.

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Unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer...my AR-10 is stamped 7.62, but will fire .308 Win. (Per the ArmaLite factory manual).
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A gun chambered for 5.56 will fire a .223, but a .223 should not fire the 5.56. The case dimensions are slightly different and a 5.56 in a .223 chambered weapon (except for bolt and single fire) can rupture. It will fire, but id stay on the safe side. The .223 in the 5.56 is ok though becaues the case on the .223 is thicker and fits well enough to operate. Its much like the relationship between .308 and 7.62 x 51 except reversed. The .308 can fire the 7.62 but a 7.62 should never fire a .308. Again to do with case thickness and minor differences in dimensions.

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The 5.56 Nato and the .223 Rem cases have the exact same external case dimensions. The military Nato 5.56 cases in most instances are slightly thicker. The .223 Rem is loaded to commercial industry specs while the 5.56 Nato rounds are loaded to approx. 10,000 psi higher pressure. Due to bullet design and higher pressures of the 5.56 Nato round, it should not be used in a firearm chambered for the commercial .223 round, dangerous peak pressures can result in some firearms with bad things happening. The .223 Rem can be fired in a 5.56 Nato chamber all day long. The 5.56 Nato chamber has a longer free bore than the commercial .223 chamber for use with the 5.56 bullet design and higher pressures. "ALL" of the Mini-14s,except for the "Target" Model are chambered to use both the .223 and 5.56.

Please have your facts straight before posting info as you have done in your post.

This subject comes up time after time in the Mini forum without the poster doing a search first for the info.


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So what brand of ammo does the Mini 14 like the best? For range also for self defense?
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