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Old April 26th, 2017, 07:05 AM   #1
 
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SR 556 FB Carrier Tilt

I have a SR 556 FB, unfired, I am concerned about the carrier tilit problem with these weapons. From what I read and view on YouTube; early versions are more prone to this problem. Alledgedly, there is an updated carrier design that doesn't necessarily eliminate the problem, but reduces the severity. I was hoping mine was late enough that it was made with the updated carrier assembly. Unfortunately, for me, no such luck. Looks like mine has an original design. So I thought I'd ask a stupid question here first before calling Ruger and asking them... Should I try and buy the updated carrier before using this weapon? Maybe Ruger would be willing to send me one for free (I doubt it since no problem has occurred yet) or if they would even sell me one? If I do get a replacement; is it a remove old/ drop in new or is it more complicated then that (polishing, grinding, etc...)? Any knowledge, opinions or suggestions very much appreciated.



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The new BCG would most likely have to be headspaced to your barrel.
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Call Ruger. Can't hurt. They may pick up the rifle and replace the BCG.
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Wasn't the fix basically that they radiused the back of the bcg? If yours is already radiused you're probably good to go. If your not sure Ruger wouldn't complain is you called and they'll take care of you.
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Well, I called Ruger yesterday and, as I suspected; was told it was a minor issue that many people exaggerated the problem; just shoot it. I guess you could say; they ain't doin' nothin' unless there's a problem. I'm trying to "pre-empt" a problem, but guess I would have to pay in order to do so... I ain't shootin a weapon that's most likely gonna a problem like this! I think it's going to head down the road and get traded for something more reliable. Can't imagine I'll get much for it in the current market. No more Ruger rifles or automatic pistols for me; wheel guns only. $1500 down the toilet!
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I'd shoot it, you have nothing to loose

1. If a carrier tilt problem happens Ruger will fix it.

2. If it doesn't develop a carrier tilt problem there is nothing to fix.

you have nothing to loose.

I have a SR-556 that I have thought about selling, but for a different reason than yours. I just don't shoot mine very often and I could use the money on a gun or guns that I'd shoot more. I think I paid $1,400ish back in 2013, not too long after Newtown. If I tried selling it now I'd be lucky to get half that at a gun store, and maybe $900 in a private sale. No thanks. I'll wait and sooner or later there will be a rush on EBR's again and I'll sell it then and maybe come closer to breaking even.
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Well, I called Ruger yesterday and, as I suspected; was told it was a minor issue that many people exaggerated the problem; just shoot it. I guess you could say; they ain't doin' nothin' unless there's a problem. I'm trying to "pre-empt" a problem, but guess I would have to pay in order to do so... I ain't shootin a weapon that's most likely gonna a problem like this! I think it's going to head down the road and get traded for something more reliable. Can't imagine I'll get much for it in the current market. No more Ruger rifles or automatic pistols for me; wheel guns only. $1500 down the toilet!
Based on your post I'd say wheel guns are too much for you too...
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Based on your post I'd say wheel guns are too much for you too...

Not to gang up on the OP but there are more issues to be concerned about with revolvers than an AR. I agree with others who have posted, you're worrying about a problem that isn't even really a problem (yet). Shoot the rifle and if something happens deal with it then. That's what the warranty is for.
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Analysis paralysis and panic.
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I have a sr556 no sign of carrier tilt, as far as selling the gun because ruger won't do anything, well yeah if nothing is wrong what are they supposed to do, replace parts for something that might happen, like I need a new barrel for it because it might have a failure. That said mine has been super reliable.
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Really sir... with the personal attacks??? Thought this forum was for constructive and respectful interaction. Apparently that doesn't apply to you.
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Based on your post I'd say wheel guns are too much for you too...
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Shoot it and shoot it a lot more if you have a problem Ruger will fix it. I have over 5k on my SR556 all good and its a older one.
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OP, I am with the other guys. Shoot it and enjoy it. That rifle will be more reliable than you think. I really think your exaggerating the issue. As a builder of the ar platform I have seen it all. Most ar's and many guns for that matter require a few refinements to work optimally. Think about it, thats why people try different ammo to determine the most accurate. I would not worry and definately would not loose the money you have invested in that rifle because it might or most likely might not have a minor setback. Shoot it and carry on.

If it bothers you that much, try one of these. It fits Into the opening on the rear of the bolt carrier group, and guides it through the buffer tube when the rifle is fired. Its not required, but is a worthy upgrade that does not require an armorer, or gunsmith to install. The 5.5oz weight will also tone the rifles recoil impulse down, however you will have to adjust the gas regulator to allow the rifle to work in sync. Thats no different than changing gas adjusment for different types of ammo, which is normal. Just read through the buffers and match it to the ammo you plan to use. I would say 4.0 ounce, 4.5 ounce or maximum 5.5 ounce for you.

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I've got well over 5000 rounds on my SR556 it's 2012 model and have no carrier tilt issues.

Here's a great video from Ruger to understand more and how to check for carrier tilt wear.

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I would agree with those saying go ahead and shoot it, don't feel sure that carrier tilt will become an issue. It's a trade off in piston vs. direct impingement designs, and clearly Ruger not only anticipated this possibility but will fix your gun IF it becomes a wear issue. To be sure it's always good to be aware of what can happen regarding unusual wear or breakages in any gun and to inspect them carefully every time you disassemble and clean but don't let a potential problem stop you from enjoying your rifle!! Just check it every time you clean and don't worry, carrier tilt is not a death sentence for that rifle.


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