Another 556 or 223 thread

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by ccase39, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    My new mini has 223 inscribed on it but the instruction manual I have for its serial number says its chambered for either. So which is it?
     
  2. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Normally, a barrel that has 5.56 can shoot either 5.56 or 223. I suggest contacting the manufacture of the barrel assy.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    go with what is inscribed on the barrel. the manuals are written for many models and may not apply specifically in all respects to your gun. a decent gunsmith can ream a 223 out to 556. personally i would have it reamed to wylde chamber spec if i was going to do it. contacting ruger tech support with your serial number will tell you also. that is if it was never rebarreled...
     
  4. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Your mini 14 can shoot 223 or 5.56, the target model is the only model with a true 223 Rem chamber.
     
  5. bwraven

    bwraven New Member

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    Listen to tri70. He knows what he's talking about!

    As long as it's not a "target model", the chamber will accept .223 or 5.56.
     
  6. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    correct! says so in the owner's manual! both run fine through my mini!
     
  7. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Tri,

    Is exactly correct. Standard Mini = 5.56 NATO Chamber. Target Model = 223 Remington Chamber. The 5.56 chamber has a longer lead than the 223 Remington chamber. So if you would shoot a 5.56 in a 223 Remington Chamber the Chamber Pressure well exceeds what it should. Not to mention military mil-spec ammo is hotter than commercial ammunition which adds to the problem.

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  8. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    Thanks guys! Kinda what I thought but I wanted to be sure. Didn't want to have to start buying both 556 for my AR and 223 for my mini. Now I can just get whats cheapest and run it through both.
     
  9. therewolf

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    It's a little deceptive, because while the

    barrel isn't labeled "5.56", many Mini-14

    variants, like the Ranch Model, are specifically

    listed to shoot both.
     
  10. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    ^^^^^^^^^^
    This would be why, when I got my

    AR, I made sure it was labeled 5.56.

    With today's ammo woes, the last thing you

    want is limitations.
     
  11. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i'm not sure you understand. EVERY mini 14 (excluding ONLY the target model) shoots 5.56! the mini 14 is chambered for 5.56!

    just like an AR. no difference. check the manual, call ruger. its a fact.

     
  12. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I own a Ranch Mini-14.

    BUT thank you for clearing up

    that point. I would have never

    known, otherwise. And it would have

    somehow made my life really rough

    to have not had this astute guidance,

    O, George of Jungle.
     
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  13. LocoTonyF

    LocoTonyF New Member

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    Never drink and post...
     
  14. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i meant no offense.....your post just sounded like you got an AR because you were unsure the mini 14 was chambered for 5.56.

    just trying to make it clear to all who read the thread. it says in the owners manual and the website clearly that it is chambered 5.56.....what i don't understand is the confusion (or even discussion) on this subject? :confused:

    http://www.ruger.com/products/mini14RanchRifle/models.html

    here it is....right on the website. :confused: that is what the OP asked.

     
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  15. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    deleted post, i've been drinking again....

     
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  16. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    dang....ok i'll leave until i sober up....:p
     
  17. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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  18. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    and an open apology to therewolf....sorry if i came off rudely....i honestly misunderstood your post, which seemed to state it was unclear what the mini 14 was chambered in.. a misunderstanding it seems.

    now, where it that bourbon?....its only an hour from noon....
     
  19. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You agreed with your own year old post, but Hawkguy is drunk? :confused:
     
  20. LocoTonyF

    LocoTonyF New Member

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    No, I thought therewolf may have been drunk, ha ha!

    But some good bourbon does sound good.
     
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