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Old August 9th, 2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Mini 14 problems

Got my mini 14 about two months ago loved right out of the box, but I have two factory 20 rnd mags that when fully loaded will not seat in the action all the way unless the slide is back but if you do it with the slide back and then release the slide jams. The way i've gotten around this was only loading 19 rnds it still a bit rough on the slide but it will load this way. This happening with both mags called Ruger and the lady said just to send them in, but i was wondering if you guys have had this issue and what is the fix.

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Old August 9th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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This is an issue with every gun that has a "tilt-in" magazine design. Tilting in a magazine under a closed bolt has always been an issue, one you really cannot do anything about. As far as the bolt not stripping-closing after a reload with an open bolt, it is usually excess spring pressure that causes this, with improper lubrication, a damaged magazine, and soft release of the bolt also causing the problem.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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I'm going to link to another forum, but the thread discusses the same issue. RugerForum.com • View topic - Ten round Mini-14 mags? Nine rounds is more like it.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 12:22 PM   #4
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I've had that problem with mine occasionally. I got it to work about half the time.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 05:01 PM   #5
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In both my AR's and Mini's if the bolt is closed I have trouble seating magazines if I load the magazines to the top. Either down load the magazine or open the bolt. I even carried a Bushmaster M-4 as a contractor in Afghanistan and if I put 30 in the magazine, it would not easily lock into the rifle. I kept 28 in it instead of 30. With 30 in the magazine it would not strip the top 2 rounds dependably. The rounds were packed in too tight and would not slide out of the magazine when the bolt went forward.

The easy answer is download the magazine or load from an open bolt. In my own opinion, dependability is more important than loading the magazine to the max. JMHO. kwg
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Load and unload the mags several times, or just shoot the rifle normally and the mag springs will become a bit softer. So over time this problem should correct itself. Also it is not a bad idea to load a bit less (a few rounds) than the mag's capacity for storage purposes. This will help to not stress the mag spring for long periods of time.

I find that the 20 round mags seem to work the best in this regard. I can load all of my 20 rounders with the bolt closed, but it is still iffy with my 30's. Are you counting out the rounds as you load them, or are you just loading them to capacity? If it is the ladder the Ruger factory mags are known to take an extra round or two, so you may be overloading them.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #7
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pretty common; i typically either load on an open bolt or load -1.

You CAN muscle it in there with a full mag, but it tends to either cause the bolt to be unable to charge back, or you end up scraping the heck out of the casing.
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