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Old January 27th, 2016, 08:40 PM   #16
 
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There will always be problems with this platform. I love Ruger, but their AR556 is cheaply built. It's a basic cerro forged AR with nothing more then the Ruger brand attached to it. I would never buy one or recommend buying one. If you want a quality AR from Ruger buy the SR556 and call it a day.



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Old January 28th, 2016, 12:51 AM   #17
 
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It's definitely a P.I.T.A. when a new rifle goes sideways and won't work. I don't know how many AR 556s there are out there and what the percentage of malfunctions might be, but in my experience, my AR 556 has performed flawlessly.
I've put about 2000 rds. through it to date, all kinds of ammo, Steel cased TulAmmo,brass PMC,MEN 5.56, and Federals. I've had zero malfunctions, I use Tapco and Magpul mags and have never had one FTF.
I do thoroughly clean and oil my AR after EVERY shoot and I check everything each time it's cleaned. IMHO, you only hear the horror stories of loose gas blocks,FTE/FTF,missing pins,damaged parts and etc., but no stories of how well the majority of Ruger rifles perform.
I agree that some rifles escape QC scrutiny and malfunction but is it a majority of them? I'll say no, it isn't.
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Mountaineer, you're correct. People with issues are much, much more likely to come to a forum and complain than those who are satisfied.

My AR-556 is now up over 1,000 rounds and has been 100% flawless. Like you, I also clean and properly lube mine after each trip to the range. Still, I shoot the cheapest ammo I can find, Wolf, PPU, Armscor, PMC.... doesn't matter, it shoots all of it.

I'm confident that my experience is the norm. It sucks to be someone who gets one with issues, but those rifles are a very small percentage of what Ruger makes and sells.
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My thoughts too. I had to remove the gas tube pin to pull the gas tube to get a better look at this freely rotating barrel nut. Possible I did something to it then, they replaced the gas tube pin at the factory and I would hope that they fired it to do A function check. The rifle goes bang every time but simply will not cycle.

So either I did something in removing that pin- it was a bear to get out-or they did something on replacement.
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My thoughts too. I had to remove the gas tube pin to pull the gas tube to get a better look at this freely rotating barrel nut. Possible I did something to it then, they replaced the gas tube pin at the factory and I would hope that they fired it to do A function check. The rifle goes bang every time but simply will not cycle.

So either I did something in removing that pin- it was a bear to get out-or they did something on replacement.
Strange. So... does it jam, or just nothing happens- i.e., you can use it like a bolt action?
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Bolt action. From a functional perspective it works great as a bolt action 556

I had flawless performance running wet or dry clean or dirty with the same ammo and mags so something seems to have gone amiss during the factory repair reassembly
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3 days and no customer service contact back from my service inquiry.

I think I'll pop the gas tube pin out myself and see if they misaligned the hole or if it's somehow blocked there during Rugers first effort at repairing it. Not much deposit around the chamber end of the gas tube so I'm wondering if there's inadequate gas return and the action can't cycle.
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Red face New AR556 BCG issues

Hello everyone! I am new to this site and to the AR15 platform. I suspect that will become blatantly obvious in this post!

I purchased a new Ruger AR556 from Field & Stream at a great price ($549). So far that has been the only great thing about it. Took it to the range right out of the box (no, I didn't field strip and clean it first. That recommendation is not in the manual...I know, neither is a recommendation that your boat should only be operated in water and not sand...I get it now). Anyway, it was a disaster. Released the bolt catch with 10 rounds in the stock mag and the first round wouldn't chamber. After clearing this, I was able to chamber the first round via the charging handle. Fire, fire, click...jam. I then had the range officer come over to have a look. He said it probably just needs to be broken in and recommended taking it home for a good cleaning and lubrication.

Cleaned and lubed per manual (with the help of some youtube videos) and back to the range. I first asked one of the associates at Point Blank (they are awesome) to have a look before I headed out to shoot...to be sure it was safe to fire. I explained what had happened the first time out. A strange look came over his face after removing the BCG and then he asked if it was an after market BCG. As it turns out the BCG did NOT match the typical one usually seen in this rifle. He pulled the new AR556 off of the wall on display and showed me...my BCG had a greenish-blue tint vs typical black and mine was rounded completely smooth at the bolt end vs the hex cuts in the one on display (wish I took a pic). I used CLP to clean and lube the rifle. He took it back to the gunsmith who responds "that is the first one I've seen like that". He asks if he can go out and fire a few rounds to try it. He fires 5 rounds with no problem. I take it out and no problems chambering the first round, but fire, fire, click...jam, again! This happens once more and then I was able to finally fire 30 rounds with no problem...as far as I could tell. I let the associate know how it went and he felt like I should ask Ruger about the strange BCG.

I take the rifle back to Field & Stream and the tech immediately agrees that the BCG is definitely different. He pulls one out of a boxed rifle in the back and compares them side by side...different as described above. He also notes that the firing pin is a little different...more blunted than it should be. The rifle is supposed to be on its way back to NC, although when I called Field & Stream today they were waiting on an email from Ruger to authorize the return.

I guess I can issue a warning to anyone considering the purchase of an AR556...check the BCG BEFORE you leave the store with it! Has anyone seen or heard of anything like this? Could this BCG be out of their SR556 perhaps? The only ammo tried in the rifle so far is Federal 556 55 grain. Frustrating...I wonder how long Ruger will have the rifle and will it be right when I get it back? Maybe Ruger will be willing to talk to me once they receive the rifle...today they said I have to communicate with Field & Stream. Sorry for the long winded post and thanks for reading the whole thing!
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Well my brand new AR556 was picked up by UPS today! My new 556 functioned perfectly but the lower receiver was machined wrong, the castle nut set up higher than the lower receiver, therefore the charging handle would drag and rub on the castle nut.

Ruger CS wanted the gun back for inspection and said they will probably replace it. What scares me is this one had a really good feeling trigger (most do not) and it cycled perfectly and would eat brass or steel ammo (only shot 40 rounds of steel as a test). I really don't care for steel ammo, but I was happy to have a gun that would run it should I ever need to. My fear is that I will get a gun back that doesn't cycle perfectly or that won't run on just any type of ammo. I almost kept the gun since it functioned perfectly, but it really bothered me knowing it was not machined correctly and was wearing the castle nut.

I posted my first thread on this site hoping others would say " yeah it is just how Ruger makes them, our's does it too". Of course that is not the case, just like all of my non-Ruger AR's aren't like this, so back it went!

At least customer service was nice nice and is taking action! I am grateful for their response, but what a PITA.
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How the heck do I re-open my own posts, to fix my spelling errors?
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Sorry for your hassels. Ruger should make it right. Mine and many others have been great from the start. Hang in there.

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I disagree... the AR likes to run properly lubricated... being overly wet does not make a proper functioning AR work any better.
every time I dry fired my rifle the thing would lockup so I'm going to send it back to ruger is that what I should do
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Just trying to get help
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I your rifle is locking up with each dry fire something's not right. Call Ruger customer service.
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