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I went shooting today, and afterwards cleaned my Mini14. When the bolt is in the fully closed/forward position, the bolt lock touches the bolt and has worn a very small hole through now. I can see the firing pin! This Mini14 is less than 1 month old and probably has 600 rounds through it. Is this hole normal wear for the bolt? My brother has a new Mini14 also, and seems to show wear in the same spot, but no hole. If it's normal, then I don't really care. However, if it seems to be a problem, I'd have to send the rifle to Ruger.
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trdslinger,
Send it back for their professional opinion. I eyeballed my bolt assembly and I do have heavy wear marks on the bolt cover, sorry I can't quickly find my owner's manual for the correct nomenclature. But it's not worn through after 2000 rounds and I never expected it would wear through. Sounds like perhaps a defective casting that somehow "passed inspection". If that's acceptable quality control, I'll eat my hat.

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When the bolt is in the fully closed/forward position, the bolt lock touches the bolt and has worn a very small hole through now. I can see the firing pin!
Are you saying the Ejector/Bolt Stop part #KMS03210 on the SS Ranch has worn a hole thru the left side of your bolt? Mine doesn't touch the bolt, except when the stop tab is used to stop the bolt in the rearward position. No this is not normal. I don't see how this can be as the ejector tab sticks out way more than the bolt stop tab. It would have to wear thru .2" of SS? Are we talking the same part?
 

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there's a hole in your bolt that shows the firing pin? Hey, that's the SUPPOSED to be there for the pin to contact the shell primer. :) :) :)
 
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