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

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Old 09-19-2012, 18:25   #1
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Trouble with mini again-bolt slop

My mini is once again not working properly. I am getting failures to eject. An empty cartridge is on the bolt with a fresh one started underneath. I noticed that there is so much bolt slop that you can pull the bolt handle back in such a way that the ejector completely misses the rim of a cartridge. There is so much play(side to side) that the ejector doesn't even ride in the bolt cut. Is this normal?
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Originally Posted by Stellar724 View Post
Is this normal?
No,it sounds like your extractor or it spring are screwed up, probably both.
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Old 09-21-2012, 17:07   #3
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Sounds like things got messed up during the last field strip/cleaning. You may have to seperate the stock from the reciever, remove the side plate to see if the detent spring and button are correctly lined up.
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Just tried this with my Mini: It is is not possible with mine, even with the operating rod removed to allow maximum bolt slop.

Your ejector must be bent, broken or "short".
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I think the ejector is fine. I think the receiver is machined wrong. The bolt moves side to side at least half a inch. That is the second bolt in this gun. The gun is on its second trip back to Ruger. The customer service lady said to ask for a new gun.
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"The customer service lady said to ask for a new gun." Get ready for a new gun. I bet you get it!
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Old 10-17-2012, 16:41   #7
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I am so furious right now. Received my mini back after about 3 weeks. They replaced my bolt again. This one seemed much tighter and seemed to be working fine. On round 62 I pulled the trigger and nothing. Tried 3 more and nothing. Disassembled the gun and the firing pin is broke off even with the bolt. I own 5 Ruger firearms right now and I am utterly disgusted. This could very well be the last.
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Old 10-17-2012, 23:43   #8
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Nothing to get excited about. If I was you, I would kindly call them in the morning and not ask, but DEMAND a new rifle. I would wager you get exactly what you demand. Let us know what happens.

PS: What kind of ammo (and type of primer) are you shooting?
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Old 10-18-2012, 15:41   #9
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I was shooting American Eagle in the black box. They sent me mailing label.
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Let me see if I understand.

- you had trouble with your 582 stainless, which you spent years waiting to be able to buy
- you sent it back and Ruger worked on it
- it came back but still had problems
- you took apart your 581, compared it to your 582, which you had spent years waiting to buy
- you took your Dremel and did some grinding on the oprod
- it worked and then after a while had a half inch of bolt slop so you called Ruger and they told you to ask for a new rifle
- Ruger worked on it, installed a new bolt, not a new rifle
- it fired for 62 rounds but now the firing pin is broken
- Ruger sent you a mailing label to send your Mini back for the 3rd time

Is that about right?
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Old 10-19-2012, 15:21   #11
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Yes, that is about right. Can you provide any help or insight?
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Send it back and demand a new rifle. Three times back and still a lemon.
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