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Old January 10th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #1
 
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Mini 14 BreakDown Cleaning

I just got a Ruger Mini 14 and only shot 20 rounds through it. Looking at the Ruger website it shows a total dismantling of the rifle to clean it. Can I just clean just the barrel until I shoot enough rounds through it? My main questions is after how many rounds shot would you do a complete breakdown cleaning? What is the best cleaner for the rifle? Any good tips on the cleaning?



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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:20 PM   #2
 
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I just got a Ruger Mini 14 and only shot 20 rounds through it. Looking at the Ruger website it shows a total dismantling of the rifle to clean it. Can I just clean just the barrel until I shoot enough rounds through it? My main questions is after how many rounds shot would you do a complete breakdown cleaning? What is the best cleaner for the rifle? Any good tips on the cleaning?
Just me, but I completely clean my Mini14 after every shooting session because I tend to shoot mostly cheap .223 TulAmmo steel cased ammo that tends to be a little dirtier than other high priced ammo...

I use Remington or Hopps gun cleaner solvent or what ever solvent I can get at Wal-Mart, and follow up with very light but thorough oiling...
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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Hoppes #9 gun solvent to clean the barrel and CLP for everything else. And maybe a little ATF to lube the moving parts.
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My brother and I have put about 250 round through his Mini-14 so far without a complete breakdown. May go another 100 before we break it down.

But don't worry, takedown and reassembly is always easier than it looks, and the thorough cleanings keep 'em running forever.
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everyone has their opinions on this. i think most figure it is ok to run 500 rounds or so through before a complete break down and clean. the mini could take many more than that of course.

BUT, i'm OCD. i clean all my guns after each time i fire them. part of that is my lifestyle (extended time between shooting), and part of that is my OCD.

i LOVE wipeout bore cleaner. get your barrel done quick and easy with no scrubbing or brushes! other than that its just powder solvent, and rags and q-tips to get the job done for me. wipe it all down with a bit of oil after, and you're good to go.

i see NO DOWNSIDE to taking good care of a firearm (other than time spent doing so ). i have only sold 2 guns so far, and on each i got back about 75-80% of the purchase value (one of which i had over 10 years). i think this has a lot to do with taking the best care of my guns i can.
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I usually clean mine about once a month. I go to the range about twice a month, so every other time.

I have CDO. It's like OCD, but the letters are in the proper order.
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I tend to be a clean freak with my firearms too, but the level of my intensity depends on which gun in my collection made it to the range that day....

Kimber Target Match 1911 gets a full break down, solvent cleaning with Hoppe's #9, and coated in Tri-Flow after every range session.
Beretta 92, and Ruger GP-100 get soaked in Break-Free CLP, cleaned, then a dab of Tri-Flow on the slides and/or moving parts after every range session.
Browning Buckmark, and CZ Training Rifle get cleaned after every 500 rounds or so....(I find they both shoot far more accurately when dirty)
Mini-14 is new and has only seen 85 rounds through it....(ammo is scarce and I'm in no hurry to burn up what little I have).....However I did break it down and cleaned it with CLP after the first 35 rounds, then shot it in a 30 round Sport Carbine Match and only cleaned the barrel with CLP. Today after installing the Mo-Rod on it, I shot another 20 rounds to re-zero the sights and check the performance, so again I just cleaned the barrel with CLP.
Next weekend is our next Sport Carbine Match, and I'll likely break it down and give it a full cleaning and oiling after that....

The Garand type action of the Mini lends itself to work under adverse conditions, it will operate reliably when dirty, however this doesn't mean "NO" maintenance, it is in your best interest to keep it relatively cleaned and oiled to prevent premature wear, it's maintenance is just not as critical as it is with other types of firearms.....
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I stripped and cleaned my (stainless) Ranch Rifle when I first got it. There was really no need, as it was clean and well-coated with CLP (that's what Ruger uses on them at the factory). Anyway, I've cleaned the barrel and breech area since, but not the action. That's only been a couple or few hundred rounds, only I only run quality American ammo, or my own handloads.

Too, I grease my Mini at certain points of the action because that's how the military instructed soldiers to lube the M1 rifle and carbine. I'll clean the Mini's action again once it gets looking a bit dirty, or if I get mud or sand in it. Although it'll definitely keep running with that kind of crap in it, I don't wish to grind away the metal.
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I clean my Mini 14 after each range session, but I don't think it is necessary.
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If you are using it for sd/hd, you may want to field strip (break it down per owner`s manual instructions) every time you shoot or every 100 rounds, etc.

If it`s a range toy, swab the barrel and wipe down whatever you can reach from the outside after every use and run it 500 rounds or so and see what happens. i also am a fan of Break Free as a lube.

Some where along the lines you need to sit down with the owner`s Manual and figure it out.
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I just got a Ruger Mini 14 and only shot 20 rounds through it. Looking at the Ruger website it shows a total dismantling of the rifle to clean it. Can I just clean just the barrel until I shoot enough rounds through it?
Since you've already fired 20 rds thru the rifle now would be a good time to field strip, inspect, clean, lube and familiarize yourself with this gun before your next outing.

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My main questions is after how many rounds shot would you do a complete breakdown cleaning?
I clean my rifles after every outing, no matter how many rounds. I'm sure the mini could handle a 1000 plus rounds before a thorough cleaning, but why? Even if you don't shoot the rifle for awhile, it should be serviced with a cleaning at least twice a year.

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What is the best cleaner for the rifle? Any good tips on the cleaning?
I've used hoppe's 9 bore cleaner for years and still do. I then follow up with CLP. Q-tips soaked in solvent help to get some hard to reach places as well as toothpicks and a cleaning patch. If you use the Q-tips be sure you don't leave any fibers behind. I also put some Tetra grease on moving parts.

Enjoy your new mini, they are a blast to shoot.
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I will be straight up i aM a FORMER mini owner...i did like a lot of things about the gun, the wood stock, the appearance and the . Our is, or used to be a lot of gun for the money. Ultimately though i really wanted an AR so that's what i got. However, let me say I'm very sorry i traded it and wish i still had it! For one important reason - if they change the so called assault weapons laws in this (police) state of California I'm living in right now, it might be the only semi auto you're allowed to own!!! (no evil features except detachable mag...).

Anyway, i used to fields strip it every time after shooting. The only past i found difficult was getting that dang bolt in and out. You have to hold the receiver up just right and wiggle the bolt until the lug clears the hole and that part is far harder then it should be! Generally speaking you can always get it out it back in if you are patient enough but it takes longer to do then it should..

Don't be afraid to field strip it. If i just don't have time to clean a gun right after shooting, i would just remove the receiver from the stock and hose the metal parts with brake cleaner. Scrub the bolt face with a tooth brush and run a bore snake or cleaning rod through
The bore and its good till you can clean it more thoroughly.

The bore on the mini is not chrome plated like the Ar and AK's so its important not to neglect it. If you should happen to be using corrosive ammo I'd clean the gun completely ESPECIALLY the bore. Neglect the bore of a mini after firing corrosive ammo at your peril, ignore it and you may pick it up next time to find a bore rusted beyond repair.

Since you can only clean the bore from the muzzle i advise buying a rod guide so you don't ruin the crown. A bore snake will prevent this but in my opinion is good for fast cleaning only, if you shoot corrosive or go a long time between cleanings
A rod is the way to go.

I never bothered to take apart the bolt nor i think is it ever normally needed. Even it it were very dirty, I'd just soak it in acetone for an hour our in kroil over night and blow it out with brake cleaner (and of course don't neglect to scrub the bolt face).

And one last thing, when storing the gun for a long time, always ALWAYS smear some grease on the gas port (the make part the mates with the hole in the slide). If you don't do this your slide can seize to the gas plug. I have read stories from people who stored the rifle dry, then found the slide seized so tight to the gas plug, they had to kick the charging handle to get the slide open again.
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I clean my Mini after every shoot, but I usually run 50 rounds or more at a time. It doesn't take that long to clean, so why not do it. A quick inspection also is in order, looking for anything that could lead to a failure, binding, etc.
I just started using Frog Lube to clean and lube, where before I used Hoppes or Burchwood Casey. Details at eleven.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 02:47 AM   #14
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I just recently did my first breakdown and cleaning after about 500 rounds and I must say, it was veeeery dirty. The gas block was loaded with crud and it took me a good hour to thoroughly clean everything with frog lube. I left a coat of frog lube paste on every moving part and fom now on I'm going to clean it more frequently.
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I always clean all my guns after every use. I too am OCD. I clean too thouroughly according to some. The fastest one of my guns to clean is my SR9-C and it takes at least an hour, usually more. My mini on the other hand takes at least two hours. The dang gas port alone takes a half hour and I still can't get it totally clean. I scrub and scrub with #9 and course pipe cleaners and blow it out with brake cleaner and it still stays dirty. Does anyone have a way to get the gas port totally clean?
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