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This is a discussion on Brand new AR-556 feeding problems within the Ruger Semi-Auto forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; Beyond just cleaning the chamber. THOROUGHLY clean and lube the BCG and bolt. If the bolts gummed up it can also cause feed and fire ...


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Old May 7th, 2015, 11:20 AM   #16
 
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Beyond just cleaning the chamber. THOROUGHLY clean and lube the BCG and bolt. If the bolts gummed up it can also cause feed and fire issues.



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You have got a lot of great advice here just clean it really well and lube it wet, there is some really good youtube videos on complete disassemble and lubing just be sure to run it wet with lube.

If you don't yet have a good cleaner and lube look at Slip2000 725 cleaner and Slip2000 EWL lube, also Hoppes Elite cleaner and hoppes Elite lube, M-Pro products are good as well.

Just be sure to get a good cleaner all the cleaners above are really good at making carbon and oil disappear not leaving behind anything wet just a nice clean dry surface so you can then apply your lube of choice.
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Another good piece of advice: Before bad mouthing a gun, use something other than the cheapest junk ammo available.
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Spike12: I was not badmouthing the gun, just asking for advice due to my particular situation. The reason for Tula ammo was because I have never had any issue with it with my AK (not a single misfire or jam for over 6 months), but because the AR556 was new to me I took only 2 boxes (40 rounds) as well as 2 boxes of PMC.
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When I got mine in the fall of 2014 I took it home and cleaned and lubed it. It was really wet but I guess I was wondering if that was shipping grease/oil so I cleaned and lubed it with CLP. First time I shot a bunch of stuff through it and it was my first 223. I never bought into the Mini-14 back in the old days. I did shoot 20 rounds of Russian steel stuff a friend had and he also had some hunting rounds for 223. Everything went bang. I had bought another 30 round Magpull mag and a couple 20 round mags.

Since then a couple hundred rounds all brass from a 250 round box I ordered and no problems.
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Everyone is right, clean it up.
I have two AR platforms, one will fire steel and one will not. So save the steel I have for the wave of Zombies after te EBT cards stop working. Every round counts then.
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So how did it turn out?

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Spike12: I was not badmouthing the gun, just asking for advice due to my particular situation. The reason for Tula ammo was because I have never had any issue with it with my AK (not a single misfire or jam for over 6 months), but because the AR556 was new to me I took only 2 boxes (40 rounds) as well as 2 boxes of PMC.
Having the same problems with my brand new AR556, I unfortunately bought tulammo as well on my first outing (It was cheap and I didn't know any better), jammed terribly of course. Probably 25 times out of 80 rounds. Anyway, so after cleaning the gun and using brass the next time did the jams go away?
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Spike12: I was not badmouthing the gun, just asking for advice due to my particular situation. The reason for Tula ammo was because I have never had any issue with it with my AK (not a single misfire or jam for over 6 months), but because the AR556 was new to me I took only 2 boxes (40 rounds) as well as 2 boxes of PMC.
Perhaps my bad and a little of over reaction. There are a lot of posts where the OP does nothing to help the gun, debug or try to solve the problem then gets on a stump and starts to bad mouth Ruger or whomever made the gun. So, my bad.

Another point I push is to not use the cheapest ammo you can find for your first trip to the range. I've never understood the logic behind this. I reload but if I didn't, I've read enough stories of combloc ammo causing problems.

Some guys shoot it all the time and never have a problem but there have certainly been enough stories, perhaps like yours, where there's feed problems with a brand new gun using combloc stuff.

After some break in your gun may loosen up to the point where it can handle combloc stuff just fine if that's what you choose to shoot. Personally, my gun money is hard to come by and I choose not to risk it with questionable ammo regardless of the 10 per round "savings".
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Some of you may have read my problems with my AR556 I bought last November. Several FTFs, FTEs, etc. I sent it back to Ruger, and now it shoots fine, but doesn't lock open on the last shot. It might be going back again. Let me add that I have several Rugers, and think very highly of them, I'm having 2nd thoughts about this purchase.

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I have no idea if mine will eat the **** out of steel and I'm not going to find out Brass is just better
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Copied my reply from another thread:
My AR556 is my first AR, and I admit to being really intimidated with it. However, when I made the choice to buy an AR, I spent a whole bunch of time on YouTube, watching all I could about how to strip it down, clean it and lube it up. I even watched vids on building the darn things.

Then, when my AR556 came in looking like it was dumped out of a vat of 30-weight, straight into the box, I went into my gun room, broke it all down according to the manual and other vids (recommend the ones from Brownells very highly). I wiped everything down and then re-lubed it according to some military .pdf files I found.

Probably the best thing I ever did. I became really familiar with the rifle; I was sure that any stray machine junk was out of it; and I knew it was lubed correctly with good, clean gun lube, not cutting/machine oil rife with impurities. And I had fun doing it.

Thing ran like a champ on the first outing.


Google and YouTube are your friends.

Take it apart and wipe everything dry. Then re-lube it with CLP or Hoppes oil.

You won't regret it.

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If you are mixing steel case with brass or simply mixing ammo of various brands, I also suggest you use a bore snake through the breech to wipe out any build up of carbon that can cause jams and failures to extract. The bore snake is your friend, especially with a new rifle.
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Some of you may have read my problems with my AR556 I bought last November. Several FTFs, FTEs, etc. I sent it back to Ruger, and now it shoots fine, but doesn't lock open on the last shot. It might be going back again. Let me add that I have several Rugers, and think very highly of them, I'm having 2nd thoughts about this purchase.

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Sounds like it's possibly short stroking, how many rounds have you personally fired and what ammo are you using?

When I first bought my AR556 mine did this as well within the first 100rds even using decent quality ammo. I first tried some 556 Independence ammo and ZQI 556, it jammed or short stroked on these so I shot all Lake City for the next 150 rounds fired without issues. After about 150 total rounds fired the Ruger settled in and will now shoot anything without problem it just took a little loosening up.

The bolt release button was so sensitive when I first bought the gun, everything was just so tight with the bolt back I could bump the gun near the bolt release and the bolt would release without pressing the button, this was causing my bolt to close on the last round. After 100+ rounds it loosened up and everything seems in spec now.

For now just shoot it with quality ammo and even try a different magazine if you have to.
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I own an AR-556 and was looking online to see if there were any new names in the steel case ammo dept. I did a Google search on steel case ammo and came across a lot of replies of people that like to bad mouth it. Those that do, you should do a Google search on AR-15's and steel case ammo. You would really be surprised, esp. with some big names that shoot competition, that use steel case ammo without ANY problems.
Here's some advice;
Go to bravocompanyusa.com and order the BCM Extractor Spring Upgrade Kit. Believe me, after you install this upgrade kit you should never have an issue with steel case ammo. I bought the (3) pack because I also own a Sport I. I did the upgrade to that extractor as well.

BCM SOPMOD Bolt Upgrade/Rebuild Kit

BCM Extractor Spring Uprade Kit
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I own an AR-556 and was looking online to see if there were any new names in the steel case ammo dept. I did a Google search on steel case ammo and came across a lot of replies of people that like to bad mouth it. Those that do, you should do a Google search on AR-15's and steel case ammo. You would really be surprised, esp. with some big names that shoot competition, that use steel case ammo without ANY problems.

Here's some advice;

Go to bravocompanyusa.com and order the BCM Extractor Spring Upgrade Kit. Believe me, after you install this upgrade kit you should never have an issue with steel case ammo. I bought the (3) pack because I also own a Sport I. I did the upgrade to that extractor as well.



BCM SOPMOD Bolt Upgrade/Rebuild Kit



BCM Extractor Spring Uprade Kit


You resurrected a two year old thread to advertise "buy this and then you can shoot steel ammo". Hard to believe
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