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Just recieved the Ruger mini 14 yesterday. What should i do and use to clean whatever its coated with?
Do I have to dissasemble the whole thing as in the Ruger tech video, as Im a little nervous about getting it all apart and back. Thanks in advance,
Doug in ne Pa.

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cleaning new m14

Thanks again. What a helpfull bunch of folks.
Guess Ill have to suck it up and take it apart. Im worried about the coating that came on it new, si Ill give it a shot.
Will Hoppes take care of it ok?

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Sorry for the double post.
i checked it out, si I now know what you meant about a break in period, cleaning, etc;
Here is one I found.
so many opinions... yea it's confusing


As soon as my friends found out I bought a new mini they started forwarding me articles about how to properly break in the barrel. Wanting to treat my new weapon properly I came to my favorite gun forum and browsed for some 'break-in' input from the many knowledgeable folks here. Unfortunately, I came out just as confused as when I came in, so i went to Ruger. This is what they told me when I asked about breaking in my new mini tactical:


Thank you for using the Ruger On-Line Customer Support Request Form.

This e-mail is in response to your question or comment of 03/05/2009
Request No: XXXXX

Comment / question:

Does Ruger have a recommended barrel break in method? I have a new mini-14 tactical rifle. thanks.

Our firearms do not need a break in period.

If you need further information, please visit our website at or contact us at:

Revolvers, shotguns, rifles, 10/22 Charger Pistol: (603) 865-2442
Pistols: (928) 778-6555
Serial Number History Information: (603) 865-2424

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Cleaning m14

Well, I took the gun apart, partially.
I removed trigger assembly, barrel, and cleaned from there.
I thought I would see if I made out ok and got it back together, then after im more familiar and confident, Ill take it all the way down.
It wasnt as bad as I thought, dirty wise, except for the bore.
I couldnt believe how filthy it was inside.
I rinsed parts off with carb cleaner and lightly oiled everything. Next time Ill pull the spring,slide handle, and cover plate.
One more question, please,
Is the 20 round clips I have come apart the same as in the video, and book?They only show 5 round clips. I believe they come apart the same, but once again, I dont want to bust them.
Should I take them apart and clean, or just spray some cleaner in there and let dry, then oil?
Dont want to fix something that aint broke. Thanks for all the advice everyone.
Doug in Pa.

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cleaning m14

Thank you, and for the link as well. Got out last weekend and blasted off a couple mags. Shot pretty well at 25, same at 50 yards, although ny old eyes are having a bit of a time lining up the front sight. Im used to scoped guns, so looking to add a scope in the future. I might attempt to clean the mags up this weekend and do some more shooting.
Can you good folks recommend a decent priced scope for my gun?
Nothing fancy, and how do they mount with the Ruger rings that came with it?
Very new to this kind of weapon. Thanks again for all the advice.
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