Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

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Old 11-07-2011, 01:06   #1
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How bad is the Mini-14 field strip?

I've fired the Mini and they're enjoyable rifles IMO. But I've read a couple opinions that the field strip & reassembly procedure is a real pain.

Is it something that just takes practice, and gets easier with repetition?

Are there some helpful videos for the procedure?
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Don't know where you read that but they are about as easy as it comes to field strip and clean. I don't see how they could have made it easier except to have a hole in the receiver to clean the chamber.
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Agreed, one of the easiest rifles to breakdown and put back together. The only part first-timers have trouble with is getting the bolt in and out of the receiver, but once you do it right it is a no brainer. Just make sure the firing pin is retracted fully and it will just glide right back into the receiver.

Most full stock Minis can be broken down without a tool to pop the trigger guard. Just a solid tug rearward and down will usually pop it open.
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It's not hard to find YouTube videos of the Mini-14 field strip, some better than others. Here is a link to the "Ruger Guy" video...
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Like others have said, it is just about the easiest rifle I own to field strip, there are no screws, only one tool is needed, and that one tool could be any number of things.
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KMO has the right idea. There are 3 vids in that series. Take down. Cleaning. Reassembly.

almost impossible to mess up. be ready to pause though
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I'd be curious as to who said the Mini platform is a pain to strip and reassemble.

Sounds like the "opinion" of someone who hasn't ever fooled with one, but is simply parroting something they heard from a friend whose cousin's buddy's father-in-law has a Mini.

That being said, there is a trick to getting the bolt out and back in. Same with installing the operating rod. But once you've done it one time, it just comes naturally.
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I'd be curious as to who said the Mini platform is a pain to strip and reassemble.

Sounds like the "opinion" of someone who hasn't ever fooled with one, but is simply parroting something they heard from a friend whose cousin's buddy's father-in-law has a Mini.

That being said, there is a trick to getting the bolt out and back in. Same with installing the operating rod. But once you've done it one time, it just comes naturally.
Bolt in.. yes... bolt out?? really?
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Originally Posted by whofarted View Post
Bolt in.. yes... bolt out?? really?
The very first time I stripped my Mini, it took me 10 minutes to get the bolt out. After I'd removed it, I realized I hadn't removed the bolt release first...

So, maybe the "bolt out" part of that comment was more specific to my particular density when I was new to Minis.
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Originally Posted by COBrien View Post
The very first time I stripped my Mini, it took me 10 minutes to get the bolt out. After I'd removed it, I realized I hadn't removed the bolt release first...

So, maybe the "bolt out" part of that comment was more specific to my particular density when I was new to Minis.
i watched the vid... so i had a leg up.

but even with the vid (and a beer or two) i started to panic on putting it back in
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Originally Posted by whofarted View Post
i watched the vid... so i had a leg up.

but even with the vid (and a beer or two) i started to panic on putting it back in
Same way with me. The bolt just come right out, but going back in.....a little paniky at first.
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Almost as easy as an AK and about the same as an SKS. These three are about as easy as it gets for a semi-auto rifle.
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I've not watched the video, but I agree it's a piece of cake to field strip. Once the trigger group is removed (I use needle nose plyers) everything comes apart very easily. Reassembly, easy as well. I will say on my rifle it does take a bit of force to get the trigger group locked back in. You'll get the hang of it quickly.
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Cool... Thanks guys. Sounds like I have nothing to fear. Rifle-wise I've only really spent time with bolt-action rifles and AK's.

The video is a big help, so thanks for that!
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I watched the Ruger video but I still had so much trouble getting the bolt back in I finally had to search for something on the web. I finally found this demo which worked incredibly well for me. The the trick is to move the pin BACK when it seems like having it forward would be best. This is my first rifle.

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if you are truly in the field, or are just too lazy to remove the side plate and all the slide lock goodies, it works very well to just push and hold it down. While holding the button, it moves the bar out of the way just enough to allow the bolt to be slid out/ back in.
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I stayed in a Holiday Inn the night before taking delivery of my Mini so had no problem either breaking down or reassembling.
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Originally Posted by TOF View Post
I stayed in a Holiday Inn the night before taking delivery of my Mini so had no problem either breaking down or reassembling.
S0.......staying in a hotel without a mini the night before you pick it up makes you a better fieldstripper???
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Originally Posted by 40nascar View Post
S0.......staying in a hotel without a mini the night before you pick it up makes you a better fieldstripper???
Staying at a Holiday Inn Express makes you smarter and better at everything...

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S0.......staying in a hotel without a mini the night before you pick it up makes you a better fieldstripper???
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Staying at a Holiday Inn Express makes you smarter and better at everything...

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I was just trying to be a smartass didn't mean to start a ruckus. Did I forget to mention the Stripper in the bar next door.
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Originally Posted by BoydS View Post
I've not watched the video, but I agree it's a piece of cake to field strip. Once the trigger group is removed (I use needle nose plyers) everything comes apart very easily. Reassembly, easy as well. I will say on my rifle it does take a bit of force to get the trigger group locked back in. You'll get the hang of it quickly.

I just use one of the cartridges to pop the trigger guard

I also use the bullet tip to adjust the windage and elevation

FWIW
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I was just trying to be a smartass didn't mean to start a ruckus. Did I forget to mention the Stripper in the bar next door.
No ruckus here...

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I found the Mini-14 to be very easy to disassemble. However I had the pleasure of cleaning an M14 many times at Ft Polk.
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