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I've never seen keyholing this bad before

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by fnfalman, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    This stainless Mini-14 was rented at LAX Firing Range in Los Angeles. It seemed to be fairly new. Ammo was PMC 55-gr ball, standard stuff. From what I've seen in the Ruger website, the rifling is suppose to be 1:9 which can stabilize the 55-gr load.

    This is the worst keyholing I've seen.

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  2. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

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    :wow: Holy cow!

    That's crazy. I wonder what the bore looks like...
     


  3. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

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  4. What distance were you shooting at? And yeah, there probably isn't much rifling left in that barrel.

    I joked with my buddy when he was issued a Mini-14 as his duty rifle that he should expect MOA, Minute of A-Team, accuracy out of it. He asked what I meant and I said he won't be able to hit anyone but every car or oil drum he hits will explode on impact.
     
  5. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Distance was 15-yds.

    The gun seems to be fairly new so while I didn't stick a bore light down the muzzle, I find it hard to believe that the rifling is that worn out.
     
  6. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Bullets are out of spec too small in diameter or the bore is out of spec too big. One of the two.
     
  7. The good news is you destroyed his carotid artery!
     
  8. Bob Hafler

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    Bad Barrel, Bad ammo, or both. My Mini 14 580 ranch at 100yds even using a spotting scope there hard to see.
     
  9. DonD

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    Certainly highly abnormal.

    While the best Minis cannot equal the accuracy of the best ARs, newer, heavier barreled Minis are decently accurate.

    My Mini 30 is 1.5 MOA or slightly better off of the bench and that's not unusual. Don
     
  10. Glockrunner

    Glockrunner HOOYA DEEPSEA

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    Crazy funny dude!
    and some serious replies too
     
  11. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    That's what I was thinking.

    Troll meter reading at 6.84.
     
  12. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

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    I am with these two assessments. I have seen bad crowns do some very strange things ... never seen a rifle bore that bad though. :dunno:
     
  13. KarlThomas

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    Are you positive you didn't run up to the target and stab it several times with a bayonet?
     
  14. arclight610

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    The one by the neck is a little shorter than the rest.
     
  15. ronin.45

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    I've seen keyholing like that from 22lr but never a 223.
     
  16. b_oglethorpe

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    I have to say nice grouping on your part buddy.