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Mini 14 Loading Problem

Discussion in 'Ruger Club' started by Linux3, Nov 7, 2011.


  1. Linux3

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    I've had my MIni 14 for about 18 months and it's been just great, until last week.
    After the first few rounds out of a mag it would either try to load 2 rounds at once or load a ruound but nothing would happen when I pulled the trigger.

    I have tried 2 different 30 round Ruger mags, 2 20 rounders and a couple of 10 round. All do the same.

    Whe it chambers a round but doesn't fire I work the bolt, eject a good round (no strikes on the primer) and it will then fire. Reload that round and it fires.

    Other times the bolt jams because it trying to feed 2 rounds or 1 get hung up.

    As I said, this just started happening all of a sudden.

    BTW, I use nothing but factory ammo.
     
  2. Ethereal Killer

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    sounds like it might be short stroking or not cycling properly for some other reason. this could be any or several of the following:

    -bad feed lips/mags. some 30 rounders had problems. but factory Ruger brand 20's are almost bombproof.
    -debris in the bolt path. clean, lube, check for damage on all parts that contact the bolt
    -gas system clogged or blocked
    -trigger group could be faulty. once again, clean lube and check for damage and excessive wear and blockages of movement pathways.

    thats about everything that can go wrong with a Mini. you should seriously consider sending it in to ruger. they can go thru it and will replace anything that is out of spec. if it's an older model (pre 580-xxxx) you might consider telling them it's not very accurate (if it is bad) and they will go thru and tighten a few things up for you.

    I would check on if the work will be covered under warranty and remove any aftermarket parts you want. you may also take the opportunity to ask for a few spare parts to be fitted while it's in.

    HTH
     

  3. michael e

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    Only issues I ever had with my Mini 14 or 30 was from aftermarket mags not feeding right. But seems you have tired several and having same issue. Are they factory mags ?
     
  4. Linux3

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    Yes they are factory mags.

    I have cleaned the rifle twice. I thought maybe I put something together wrong that's why the second time but it's right.
     
  5. MinervaDoe

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    Describe your ammunition.
    What brand is it?
    Is it choking on more than one brand of factory ammunition?

    +1
    I've had a Mini 14 since 1981.
     
    #5 MinervaDoe, Nov 8, 2011
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