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Posted: 10/31/2002 5:31:06 PM EST
I've put 100 or so rounds of Q131A through my Mini-14, but have almost always been choosing to feed my Mini cheap, low powered .223 till now.

I have a big amount of LC M193 to shoot through, and though I'm confident it will feed, I'm concerned about the higher power of these cartridges being safe and/or causing wear/breakage problems in my Mini-14.

Would just like to hear some assurance from other Mini-14 owners who've run many K of high powered 5.56 through their Mini and still have their guns, and heads, intact.
Link Posted: 10/31/2002 6:57:37 PM EST
I don't think it's a problem. I read in the past that the mini14 has a 5.56 NATO chamber. All I have ever shot out of mine is Q3131A. Now, getting a decent mag at a decent price is a problem...
Link Posted: 11/1/2002 4:33:59 AM EST
I tried Q3131A through a Mini-14 and it was a jam-o-matic.

Everyother ammo the guy has ran worked fine, but the milspec stuff was too hot (high velocity) I believe.
Link Posted: 11/1/2002 5:50:45 AM EST
I never had any problems with either 3131A or the lake city when I had my Mini 14.
Link Posted: 11/1/2002 2:16:10 PM EST
I have fired both through my Mini-14 SS ranch rifle without a problem. Granted, I've only fired maybe 100 rounds of each. I have noticed no ammo related failures. Well, my wife did shoot the sand bag the rifle was resting on but I guess I can't blame the ammo for that little faux pas now can I?

Link Posted: 11/1/2002 2:32:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2002 2:33:09 PM EST by NAM]
I've never had a problem. THat's all i fired through mine up until a few months ago. I will never put wolf through mine though. If you are concerned, give me a price and i'd be interested in getting that M193 off your hands.

Another tip: Aftermarked Mini-14 mags are often crap. If you take a green AR follower, and a dremel, and fit the follower to the mag, it will fuction flawlessly.
Link Posted: 11/1/2002 4:26:18 PM EST
At one time I had a Mini-14. It had a 30rd USA magazine.. Oddly enough the *icky* magazine actually worked.. I put about 600-700rds of Q3131A through it and the rifle was flawless, right through to the day I sold it. Oh, and I never once cleaned the chamber, but I did take the entire rifle apart after every range outing and clean everything up.. It was so easy to field strip, why not?
Link Posted: 11/3/2002 1:42:56 AM EST
Only ammo my Mini-14 ever had a problem with was the surplused Santa Barbara SS109 from AIM.

IMI M193, SA M1A3, and Win Q3131A all work great.
Link Posted: 11/3/2002 7:13:18 AM EST
NEVER had a prob with 3131, 3131A, or the South African I've run through mine. About 2,500+ rounds, bore and chamber haven't been cleaned ever (why bother on an $8 bbl?). Have fun and shoot that sucker!
Link Posted: 11/5/2002 5:27:43 AM EST
Never a bobble with anything except Q3131.
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