Will all Mini-14's handle 5.56mm NATO?

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by CrazedJava, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava New Member

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    I was looking at the Ruger website and they have all Mini-14's listed as 5.56mm. Is that correct? I thought you needed the Tactical models for 5.56mm and all the others were only recommended for .223 Remington. Any Mini-14 owners with some insight?
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    According to their literature, page 13:
    (Mini 14 Ranch Rifle, 2005 to present)

    https://ruger-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/_manuals/mini.pdf

    For older models:
    http://www.ruger.com/service/productHistory.html#

    The main problem I see is that they tend to use .223 & 5.56 interchangeably most of the time. Then on the Target model, they state ".223 Remington only."
    So one has two interpretations (IMHO):
    1. No 5.56 Milspec ammo should be used in Target models.
    2. It's not available in 6.8 mm SPC, so see .223 (for Target models).
    I'd tend toward option one. To me Target Model implies a different chamber setup that might be a problem if used with higher pressure Milspec ammo.
    Other Non-"Target Models" should be good with 5.56 ammo
    When in doubt, call Ruger.
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012

  3. rifleman1

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    my mini-14 ranch is listed for both the only mini i know of specific for 223 is a target model.
     
  4. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava New Member

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    No interest in the Target model, so it looks like I am all set. I've been holding out for a tactical and didn't even need to. Might be hard to find any Mini-14 now though.
     
  5. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    they are fun rifles i love mine.
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Mine really likes the Winchester white box 556. :)
     
  7. sierram37

    sierram37 New Member

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    Big 5 also only carries the .223 only model. Make sure the barrel is stamped for the caliber(s) you want. it has something to do with the cartridge shoulders being very slightly different and firing.556 in the .223 only models can cause jams or worse.
     
  8. madmax83

    madmax83 New Member

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    Read the FAQ page on Ruger's website. I had the same question myself. Ruger says all Mini 14's EXCEPT the target model will fire .223 or 5.56. I have not run 5.56 in mine yet but plan to as the opportunity arises.

    http://www.ruger.com/service/FAQs.html
     
  9. Bigp88

    Bigp88 New Member

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    i need to check that out i ran some 556 pmc through it and didnt really care for the added recoil i mainly shoot remington or federal 223 but both run fine with no problems in my 581 model
     
  10. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I run both in mine, but stay away from steel case as the varnish used to prevent rust will gum up your rifle. It cleans out OK but I just don't use steel in mine (or any of my guns). I use mainly reloads but shoot lots of factory stuff for the brass.

    There is a special section here for the Mini 14 - http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f95/

    Lots of great info there.
     
  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The polymer coated steel cases work along with Silver and Gold Bear but do not shoot brass immediately after shooting steel. Clean the chamber first. The chamber gets much dirtier with steel since it does not seal as well. The crud will hang up the brass.