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Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO

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Questions & Answers for Ruger Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO

Question

will this handel the 5.56x45 or is it a .223 only know ruger's site says its a 5.56 or 223

asked 2 years, 4 months ago
By
soullessSgt
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
It handles 5.56 perfectly. That's all I use in mine and it's completely safe to do so.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
TxWheels
answer 2
Generally, if chambered for the 5.56, you can fire the .223, but if chambered for .223, the 5.56 may not extract as the case will expand on firing and jam.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Mikee21
answer 3
5.56 Nato will work, so yes it will take the 5.56x45.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
BUTX
 - Burleson, TX
answer 4
The Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle chambered in .223 will handle 5.56x45.

Printed on the receiver of the gun states "CAL. .223" but according to all of the documentation provided by Ruger, The Ranch and Tactical versions are built to be capable of also firing 5.56x45.

Accordingly, the Target version is the only one that explicitly states .223 only
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Termanader
 - Wisconsin
answer 5
It will handle 5.56 NATO or 223 REM. the twist is 1:9 so it will handle 55 - 62 gr fodder.

1:7 is much better for heavier shells 77 gr and up which extend the range up to 600 yds w ease.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Gonzilla
answer 6
If Ruger says its 5.56 or .223 then, it will fire both. However, if it only rated as .223 then, you should expect trouble with using 5.56. The 5.56mm ammo has thicker brass - I am told the military wanted thicker brass to ensure they would not have any problem with high rates of fire. It was suggested that a gunsmith could slightly enlarge the chamber if you had a .223 and wanted to use 5.56mm ammo-y need check that first.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Samsamsamsam
answer 7
5.56x45 is the same thing as a .223

5.56 is the NATO round which has a slightly higher chamber pressure. Now days, any rifle that fires .223 also can withstand the c.u.p. of a nato round
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
awesomesauce270
Question

Does this rifle accept a ten round clip?

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
By
JoeS
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
HuskerSixtysix
answer 2
You can order ruger mags for this rifle in 10 round, 20 round and 30 round mags directly from ruger on their web site. Currently due to shortages they well let you order up to 5 magazines for any modle of ruger firearm at a time and they will be shipped as they come into ruger on a first come first service basis.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
mike14706
answer 3
This rifle will accept any magazine that will fit.... I have 2 30 rd and 4 20 rd made by Colt that works perfectly.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
LL68
answer 4
Yes. It will accept 10, 20 and 30 round magazines
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
TxWheels
answer 5
I have never seen a Ruger 10rd for sale. It comes with a flush 5rd and I have bought 20rd and 30rd clips for it. Do not buy other then Ruger Mags for this. I know they are expensive but all the other ones I have tried jam. I have never had a jam with a ruger clip
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
StrayKatJJL
answer 6
Yes, this rifle will accept a 10 or 20 round magazine, if you can find one.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
GHMann
Question

Hi yes wondering if this rifle will take longer higher capacity mags?

asked 2 years, 6 months ago
By
MJ326
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This rifle can take larger magazines such as a 20 round magazine.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
TheArizonaKid
answer 2
Yes - I could not get them at my Walmart went to Academy Sports bought a 20 and 30 rd. I also think they make a Beta Drum for this carbine (100 rds).
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
BUTX
 - Burleson, TX
answer 3
Yes they do take higher capacity clips/magazines. They are available from the manufacturer or most Dealerships. SportsmansGuide also has them.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
heatman01
 - Chisholm, MN
answer 4
Ruger makes 5,10,20 and 30 round capacity magazines. There are also some after market 40 rounders. However buyer beware of the non-Ruger magazines.

Please check your local and state laws regarding high-capacity magazines as well.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Termanader
 - Wisconsin
answer 5
Yes, 5 rd, 20 rd, and 30 rd mags.

I run Only genuine Ruger mags - 20 rd is my favorite.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
Gonzilla
answer 6
First of all I have to say this rifle is AWESOMESAUCE! I have 2 of them, and you can buy magazines all day long for them. All kinds of mods are available for ruger rifles now days. Honestly barebones, this thing is as fun as my ar-15.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
awesomesauce270
Question

Can this rifle be used with a larger capacity magazine?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
mike
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes it can, except in some states and municipalities where "large capacity" magazines are prohibited. I have several 20 and 30 round magazines that I purchased from shopruger.com. They are not cheap, but most mini-14 owners recommend using only Ruger factory mags. I have had problems myself with the cheaper knock-offs.
answered 11 months ago
By
GHMann
answer 2
I have 20 and 30 round mags that work great. I have seen 40 round
mags for this rifle but the companies wont ship them to Ohio. Hope this helps.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
BikerFlyer
answer 3
Hi capacity magazines are available through Ruger 5, 10, and 20 rounds, as well as many aftermarket companies. Buyer beware about the reliability of aftermarket mags. I have had many problems with the aftermarket mags, even from the same brand and batch! Never had any issues with Ruger mags. As always check your local laws on capacity restrictions.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
BryanY
answer 4
Yes, Ruger has factory magazines in 5, 10, 20, and 30 round sizes. probably cant get them from Walmart though
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Thunder427
answer 5
They make 20 round magazines. Probably even larger capacity magazines also. But a 10 round magazine is as big as you can go in California.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
TheArizonaKid
Question

What caliber is the gun ? And how much ?

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
By
King
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
The caliber is .223 Rem as the receiver has stamped on it. For some reason the Ruger website lists .223 Rem and 5.56 at the same time. .223 Rem is not the same as 5.56 look it up in the SAMI listing. 5.56 x 45 has higher pressure. If Ruger has changed there rifle to accept 5.56 I would think the receiver would be stamped 5.56 and not .223 only. A milspec rifle chambered for 5.56 x 45 will safely shoot .223 Rem as it is a lower pressure. Do a web search and you will have a much more detailed explanation given by any number of reputable publications. Ruger may be producing chambers rated for 5.56 but it leaves the question why is it stamped .223 only.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
BryanY
answer 2
The mini 14 has a 5.56 NATO round which is the same thing as a .223 pretty much. Usual cost is around $500-$700. varies from dealer to dealer.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
TheArizonaKid
answer 3
.223 REM / 5.56 mm - $627 here in TX.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
BUTX
 - Burleson, TX
answer 4
Caliber - 5.56 NATO

Current Ad - $667
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Once
 - Greenwood, AR
Question

Can you get the Ruger mini 14 in stainless steel ?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Butch
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
HuskerSixtysix
answer 2
Yes!
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
BryanY
answer 3
Yes it's available in stainless steel but I don't know if Walmart sells it except for blued.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Shmeegol
answer 4
Yes, they are available in stainless, but they cost more. Not sure if Walmart sells them in stainless.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
SlowDrifter
Question

Can this firerm Mini 14 .223 ranch model have a scope mounted to this type of frame and action

asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
larry
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can. I have seen various scope mounts available for the Ranch Rifle on the internet. A quick Google is all it takes.
answered 11 months ago
By
GHMann
answer 2
Yes. Look at the manual. Plenty of options available.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
HuskerSixtysix
answer 3
Yes... I put a scope mount on my Mini about 20 years ago. It is a B-Square mount and I do not remember where I got it. I installed a 3x-9x ProHunter scope on it and I can still use the iron sights with no problem.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
LL68
answer 4
Yes. The rifle comes with a set of scope mounts.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
28472
Question

Ranch Rifle Ammo

I got a Mini 14 Ranch Rifle at Wal Mart yesterday, and the clerk told me it was .223 only. I can't find where Ruger makes a Ranch Rifle in .223 only. So...can I shoot 5.56 with this weapon? it's marked .223 and nowhere can I find 5.56 NATO on it.
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Dave
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, you can safely fire 5.56 in the ranch rifle.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
TxWheels
answer 2
The .223 Remington and 5.56×45 NATO cartridges are very similar, and externally appear the same. But there are some differences that lie beneath the surface.

The 5.56 case has thicker walls to handle higher pressures, meaning the interior volume of the case is smaller than that of a .223. This will alter the loading data used when reloading 5.56 brass to .223 specs.

Firing a .223 Rem round in a 5.56 NATO gun, isn’t dangerous. The leade is longer, so a slight loss in velocity and accuracy may be experienced, but there is not a danger of increased pressures and subsequent catastrophic failure.

But how serious is the danger of firing 5.56 ammo in .223 guns? Dangerous enough that the SAAMI lists 5.56 military ammo as being not for use in .223 firearms in the technical data sheet titled “Unsafe Firearm-Ammunition Combinations.”
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Popeye1949
answer 3
A .223 is the same round as a 5.56 NATO. A 5.56 NATO will work.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
TheArizonaKid
answer 4
You can shoot 5.56 NATO or .223 REM with a mini 14. This is stated in the owner's manual and on Ruger's website. While most rifles, etc that shoot 5.56 are marked 5.56, Ruger marks the mini 14 .223 Rem. Again you are able to fire both the 5.56mm and .223 REM with the Mini 14 Ranch Rifle.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
BUTX
 - Burleson, TX
Question

what is a good scope to put on the mini 14

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Abe
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have a Burris mini red dot sight on mine with a GG&G mount. I suggest you go out and look at the ones you are considering and take into account what you want to do with it.
answered 11 months ago
By
BUTX
answer 2
Scope choice will depend on the type of hunting you're doing and also the type of country you're hunting in, as in are you hunting in a heavily wooded area, or do hunt mainly in open country?
Generally, I'd say (personal opinion here) any good quality brand of scope in a 4X32 or 3-9X40 should do the job.
My personal preference is 3-9X40.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
TxWheels
answer 3
I put a Nikon Buckmaster 3x9 on mine. Its real nice. I also have a red dot for it I use from time to time.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
StrayKatJJL
answer 4
You must first decide what role your rifle will fill hunting, home defense, plinking, target, etc. The standard and ranch models are not know for there accuracy (over say 100 yards), I know I own several, which is why they make a target model. One of mine has a red dot and the other a 1.5 x 5 x 32 power scope. I use mine for home defense, and the other for varmint (in the North East varmints are usually close), and plinking. Ruger has excellent factory scope rings and offers them for many scope styles, so it's up to you what power and how much you want to spend on a scope.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
BryanY
Question

i am looking for mini 14 clips

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
lingus
on Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, 5.56 NATO
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Check at shopruger.com. They may be back ordered, but that is ususally only a 3-4 week wait. You should only use Ruger brand magazines in a mini-14. I tended to have problems with non Ruger brands as do many others. The extra cost is worth it, believe me. Not to be a wise guy, but they are actually called magazines, not clips. Clips are totally different from magazines.
answered 11 months ago
By
GHMann
answer 2
Thirty round and 5-1 clips are available at Ruger. The thirty round ones are $19.95 with a max of 5 per purchase.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
Captcrush
answer 3
Academy Sports has them in stock at pre-crazy prices. If you do not have one locally use their website (most of the time the prices are cheaper online).
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
BUTX
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