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This is a discussion on AR-556: Advice For New Owners within the Ruger Semi-Auto forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; Originally Posted by JerryMT Thanks for publishing this. The wife and I just bought a pair of AR-556's and this bit of advice is great ...


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Old June 9th, 2016, 01:56 PM   #31
 
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Thanks for publishing this. The wife and I just bought a pair of AR-556's and this bit of advice is great for newbies like us. I found that the castle nut was not staked and I put anti-sieze on the delta ring threads. Next I clean up the preservative and lube it and next stop - the range.

I 'd advise you to pin this piece of advice on this site.
Absolutely, the advice in this thread has been priceless for me. I've followed every suggestion and I'm sure it's saved me a few headaches.



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Old June 9th, 2016, 02:25 PM   #32
 
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I don't really agree with #6, and I DO agree with Iowegan's point about buying the same part twice... Which is why I tend to recommend building your own, or having your AR built to suit, rather than buying and modifying a factory model.

I do wish Ruger would sell receiver sets, so I could build an AR with a phoenix on the side. Might have to buy an AR556 one of these days just to steal the receivers.

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I don't really agree with #6...
Well, as the title says, it's just advice. I started to notice that in many of the threads where new AR-556 owners were reporting issues, they had changed out a lot of things before even one trip to the range, to the point where it was difficult for anyone responding to give them advice.

An AR-15 is a proven design. It should work. If you take a new one out of the box, clean and lube it properly, and fire decent quality ammo through it using the supplied magazine, you should expect it to run right. If it does not, it's a pretty safe bet that something is wrong with it and it needs to go back to the factory.

On the other hand, if you take the rifle to the range while it's still drenched in what ever stuff Ruger uses to pack rifles in, and you use that un-proven $9.99 value pack of no-name magazines to shoot a mixture of old Russian steel ammo and hand loads you got from your neighbor's teenage son, and it doesn't run right, who knows what's wrong?

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Thanks for all the tips.

Regarding tip #1, I picked up some anti-seize compound, but was wondering if you thought shotgun choke tube lube would do the same thing. Seems like they would have similar purposes, but perhaps the delta ring area gets hotter than choke tubes.
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Thanks for all the tips.

Regarding tip #1, I picked up some anti-seize compound, but was wondering if you thought shotgun choke tube lube would do the same thing. Seems like they would have similar purposes, but perhaps the delta ring area gets hotter than choke tubes.
Tom, even just a simple drop or 2 of oil on the threads will work. Go to any parts store and they sell the little packs of anti-seize at the counters for about .99 cents. A small dab is all you need.
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Is it normal for a little play between the upper and lower?
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Is it normal for a little play between the upper and lower?
Yes. It doesn't affect anything except for the owners mental comfort. There are pins and wedges available on the market to eliminate the play. They don't do much except make the owner feel better, but for $2 for an accu-wedge, it's cheap peace of mind.
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thank you for the advice since im looking into purchasing one real soon! so 600 out the door after taxes and fees the price to buy? cos the one on slickguns for initially 569.99 will come out to 650 after taxes and ffl transfer. I just want to save a few bucks for extra pmags or ammo.
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thank you for the advice since im looking into purchasing one real soon! so 600 out the door after taxes and fees the price to buy? cos the one on slickguns for initially 569.99 will come out to 650 after taxes and ffl transfer. I just want to save a few bucks for extra pmags or ammo.
Sportsmen's Outdoor Superstore has them for $574 with free shipping.
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Just got my new AR-556 last week and glad I read this thread first. Will be tearing down and cleaning before I go to the range. Thanks for the advice, this is my first AR and I'm not the most knowledgeable person.
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Just got my new AR-556 last week and glad I read this thread first. Will be tearing down and cleaning before I go to the range. Thanks for the advice, this is my first AR and I'm not the most knowledgeable person.
All good and welcome aboard. Be safe and get ready to have some fun. Invest in some good hearing protection also.
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Welcome. Tons of great stuff on YouTube to get educated. Have a good time.

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Just bought 1 of these last week. Taking to the range this weekend for the first time
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Sportsmen's Outdoor Superstore has them for $574 with free shipping.
What a difference an election makes. Lately, there have been deals on the internet for $479.
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What a difference an election makes. Lately, there have been deals on the internet for $479.
Here's proof;
Ruger AR-556 Black AR-15 .223 / 5.56 NATO 16.1-inch 30Rd

BTW, I am almost finished with my own version of the Ruger AR-556 threaded delta ring. My friend has a CNC Machine shop and we have been busy making one from mild steel. We are also starting on an aluminum version next week.
Some might ask, why? Well, the polymer threaded delta ring flexes, which in turn binds. A mild steel or aluminum threaded delta ring WON'T flex! We are at 95% complete. We have yet decided on how the outer ring should be made to grip, diamond cut, or raised serrated rings, almost like a Mil-Spec delta ring.
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