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J-cat
07-10-2009, 9:19 PM
Assuming reasonable care, how many rounds will it take to crack a Mini-14 receiver? I read a TRW made M-14 receiver will last 400,000 rounds. How'bout a Ruger?

Scratch705
07-10-2009, 9:30 PM
i think this may be one of those questions like how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop....

i mean how many rounds do you plan to shoot? you would need to shoot 1095 in rounds everyday for 1 year to reach the 400K rounds or 219 rounds per day for 5 years

so even at half life assuming for a stock ruger receiver, that is still 547 rds a day for 1 year or about 110 rounds a day for 5 years?

hawk81
07-10-2009, 9:36 PM
A lot, unless it is a defective reciever.

oldschool88
07-10-2009, 9:40 PM
Only one way to find out. :43:

J-cat
07-10-2009, 10:41 PM
i think this may be one of those questions like how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop....

i mean how many rounds do you plan to shoot? you would need to shoot 1095 in rounds everyday for 1 year to reach the 400K rounds or 219 rounds per day for 5 years

so even at half life assuming for a stock ruger receiver, that is still 547 rds a day for 1 year or about 110 rounds a day for 5 years?

I was thinking 100 rounds a week for 50 years.

But seriously, will it last 100000 rounds?

aplinker
07-10-2009, 11:33 PM
Assuming reasonable care, how many rounds will it take to crack a Mini-14 receiver? I read a TRW made M-14 receiver will last 400,000 rounds. How'bout a Ruger?

You know you'll need to replace about 50 barrels on the way there, right?

I think these kinds of thought exercises are a bit silly.

Do you plan on driving your next car a million miles?

k1dude
07-11-2009, 12:15 AM
The real question is who can afford 400,000 rounds of .223 right now? So unless you're Bill Gates it just doesn't matter for us mere mortals.

Scratch705
07-11-2009, 12:25 AM
You know you'll need to replace about 50 barrels on the way there, right?

I think these kinds of thought exercises are a bit silly.

Do you plan on driving your next car a million miles?

and firing pins, possibly bolts, extractors, trigger group?, magazine springs,

i think a receiver is the last thing you should worry about cracking.

aplinker
07-11-2009, 12:26 AM
The real question is who can afford 400,000 rounds of .223 right now? So unless you're Bill Gates it just doesn't matter for us mere mortals.

My quick, back of the envelope calculation yielded that it would cost you:

$186,000 in ammo
$15,000 in barrels

and we're discussing a $400 receiver. :D

fairfaxjim
07-11-2009, 12:46 AM
You will NEVER crack a Mini-14 receiver. The truth of the matter is you will get tired of it's mediocre accuracy LONG before you crack the damn thing and either sell it or relegate it to the back corner of the safe (most likely as most of us seem to love to keep the damn pieces of crap for some unexplained reason.)

J-cat
07-11-2009, 8:14 AM
You know you'll need to replace about 50 barrels on the way there, right?

I think these kinds of thought exercises are a bit silly.

Do you plan on driving your next car a million miles?

No, but I plan on keeping the gun until I die. I very well may shoot 100000 rounds through one.

bcrich
07-11-2009, 8:15 AM
You will NEVER crack a Mini-14 receiver. The truth of the matter is you will get tired of it's mediocre accuracy LONG before you crack the damn thing and either sell it or relegate it to the back corner of the safe (most likely as most of us seem to love to keep the damn pieces of crap for some unexplained reason.)

AMEN BRO, you nailed it! the corner is exactly where it sits!

bwhited
07-11-2009, 8:19 AM
Lets see.
It is a Ruger.
It cracks, you send it back and you are good to go again.
Ruger takes care of their customers.

El Gato
07-11-2009, 8:23 AM
I lost track of the number of rounds through my Mini several thousand rounds ago and I bought it very used...suprisingly, it will still turn 1 inch groups at 100 yds until the barrel heats up...it is used mostly as a range gun to teach rifle shooting with but it is also my goto gun for a truck gun... no AW lookalike issues and the gun loves to run with my Ruger made normal cap magazines..... I love the gun but do not expect it to be more than it is...it isn't an AR as to accuracy... but an AR isn't the Mini as to reliability, fewer parts and good old light weight durability... and just as a guess... I think I could butt stroke an opponent with the mini when the colapsable stock on the AR might just pose problems in that arena....not that I would butt stroke someone... but it could happen....

My AR's are nice guns...
My Mini's are nice guns...
depending upon the applicatioun...

762cavalier
07-11-2009, 8:27 AM
You will NEVER crack a Mini-14 receiver. The truth of the matter is you will get tired of it's mediocre accuracy LONG before you crack the damn thing and either sell it or relegate it to the back corner of the safe (most likely as most of us seem to love to keep the damn pieces of crap for some unexplained reason.)

Or you spend twice what it's worth to send it to ASI and have it rebarreled:43:

motorhead
07-11-2009, 8:27 AM
the only thing a trw m14 and a mini have in common is the number 14.

popeye4
07-11-2009, 11:00 AM
I'll bet you can't do it.......

APNF128
07-11-2009, 11:09 AM
No offense, but I think this is my laugh of the day!

Nate74
07-11-2009, 11:15 AM
No offense, but I think this is my laugh of the day!

Heck, I may be chuckling a couple days...

Greenspartan117
07-11-2009, 12:24 PM
the only thing a trw m14 and a mini have in common is the number 14.

^^^^^^^ What he said...

Ruger Mini 14 ≠ TRW or LRB M 14

Greenspartan117