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  1. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I'm interested in hearing about what y'al think about how copper fouling affects these rifle barrels. I know folks with custom barrels, match shooters, and some types of rifles go to a lot of lengths to remove all of it as soon as they're done shooting. I'm also seeing how some are saying that...
  2. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    The title says it all-- How perfect must the gas block gap be for reasonable accuracy and as centered as possible windage? I ask as I've seen many threads noting how torque setting and the like can be important as well as an "even" gap, but haven't seen much on exactly how precise one should...
  3. Tips and Tricks
    I wanted a mini14 0R 30 for along time, i finally got a 14 today, i had to drive 2 hours to get it, it looked dirty,but everything felt smooth, its a old one 2 [1978] according to the serial#, anyways, the guy told me he got it and never shot it due to living in the burbs, i got it and went...
  4. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Just wondering, what kind of mechanical failure(s) has anyone experienced with the Mini 14. How many rounds before failure? What caused the failure and the remedy?
  5. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I've now put about 300 rounds through my Mini and I still can't zero the iron sights. They're all the way to the right and it still shoots several inches to the left. Today I did put a scope on the the Weigand rail I just got and I was able to get that zeroed in at 50 yards. It took a bit of...
  6. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Anyone else have problems with 30rd mags bending or flattening the top round at the case shoulder when the mag is inserted with a closed bolt? Even mangles the bullet and bends it off-axis to the point where it won't chamber? Max load at the time was with only 25 rounds of Winchester Q3131...
  7. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I have an early (pre-ranch rifle) Mini 14 that is impossible for me to shoot. The rear sight is so low that I have to force my cheek bone onto the stock to see through the peep sight. I tried a B-Square mount but the threads of the side plate stripped out after only 10 rounds. Does anyone...
  8. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I have a problem with my Mini 14. When I load it up with .223 (Sellier & Bellot) it shoots just fine. I haven't tried wolf. When I load it up with 5.56x45mm NATO it shoots fine except sometimes that some cases gets a punctured percussion cap. I don't know if I traslated it right but there...
  9. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Hi everyone. This is my first post here so first off i just wanna say hi and hopefully ill be able learn alot from everyone on these boards. Seems like a really nice set up here. And now (predictably), I have a question. So i bought a used police issue Mini-14 6 or so months ago and it has...
  10. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I just got my new Mini-14 Tactical with the ATI stock. It fails to eject a spent round several times per mag (Ruger factory 20 round). It looks like the ejector is slipping off the round and up into the bolt lock position. I have thoroughly cleaned the rifle and lubed it properly. It does it...
  11. Tips and Tricks
    So I've been doing a bunch of minor upgrades - the most recent being a scout rail. I kind of liked the look of the Ultimak but ended up going with the Amega mount (mainly because I wanted to be able to mound the red-dot as far back as possible). I followed all instructions for installation...
  12. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I have identified a problem with a lot of flex in the forearm of my laminated stock. But before I break out the epoxy to bed the front of the stock to the gas block I want to understand the relationship between the slide and the stock liner in the forearm. By putting a light grease on the liner...
  13. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Hi everyone and thanks in advance for any help or advice. Started on my second build, a stainless that will eventually have a BC folder and was trying it out with mags from my first mini. Problem - while all mags work fine on my first mini, with 3 of 'em my second mini fails to hold the bolt...
  14. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I received new factory 30 round today from midwayusa. I noticed right off that the mag had a gap on the back side in the edge where the steel is folded around the mag and spot welded. My other factory 30 rnd has no gap at all. The new mag is very hard to load the follower hangs up when trying...
  15. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I just got a new mini and it sometimes will eject ammo and chamber another one. Other times the ammo will jam or not eject the old casing at all. I have done the field strip they have on the ruger website and cleaned and oiled the gun. I have fired about 200 rounds and tryed diffrent kinds of...
  16. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Found another Mini at a pawn shop. Its a 183 series, stainless/wood, pinned flash supressor (not sure the make). Wood is pretty good. Bore looks good. Comes with a scope mount that attaches on the side. You guys will know what it is. I'm not sure. It has one major issue. There is a large crack...
  17. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Recieved my PMC 62gr X-Tac steel core ammo from AIM surplus the other day. I went to the range and shot iron sights from sandbags. Nice solid concrete bench. Anyway I adjusted my sights all the way to the right and I can not get the gun to hit dead center at 100 yards. My group is about 2...
  18. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I asked about this before, as I never heard the term "jam" with a Mini-14 in all the reading I did before I bought one. I had the empty casing get caught between the bolt and the rear of the barrel a few times. I was told that was normal for the first 100 rounds. It actually hasn't happened...
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