The 'Official" word from Ruger, Pg 14 from owner's manual:Because of the large number of Mini 14s is it safe to assume published 223 loads from the loading manuals are as safe in the Mini 14 as they would be in a bolt action?
Thanks, 55 gr bullets?24.4 of IMR 3031 has been a favorite of mine. 24.6 is a max load of 3031 but only because that fills the case. 25 grains of H335 would be at the top of my Mini loads and is very accurate. At least in my Mini's. 25 grains of 748 would be a versatile load. To tweak your accuracy you could go up to 26.4 but I doubt you will need to go that high. Find your favorite loads and stick with them. The only issue is finding your favorite powder and primer combination..
Yes. I really like the Hornady 55 grain soft point. Their FMJ's are almost as accurate. I did get a 1" group with my Mini with the 55 grain soft points and 25 grains of H335. Unfortunately, the 1" groups were few and far between. I also shoot AA2015, AA230 and AA2460. All 3 are good powders. The AA2015 and RL10x have similar burn rates and are good powders with 55 grain bullets. Since they are fast burning powders the listed velocities are lower but I found both to be very accurate as well.Thanks, 55 gr bullets?
Not quiteA .223/5.56 round that will chamber into a Mini 14 will run fine in a bolt action. Not necessarily the other way around, though. Any loading for a Mini has to have an OAL that will fit into the magazine. Too long, no go. That can be limiting.
A bolt action can be loaded with the longer, heavier hitters, since there's no mag length to get in the way.