The M-14 rifle uses the 7.62mm (.308) cartridge, while the Mini-14 is chambered in the 5.56mm (.223) caliber.
The Mini-14 inherited much of its design from the M-14 rifle, including most of the gas system, the rotating bolt, and the safety design.
Selective-fire Mini-14’s have been manufactured and sold to police and government agencies.
The Mini-14 Ranch Rifle is a popular variant of the Mini-14. The Mini-14 Ranch Rifle has a scope base cast into the receiver to enable easier mounting of a rifle scope. The ejection port is also modified to ensure that ejected cartridges do not strike the scope.
The Ruger Mini-14 is one of the most customizable rifles on the market today. The Mini-14 can become almost unregonizable in some of the large variety of stocks and folding stocks available on the market today.
The Mini-30 is a close relative of the Mini-14. The Mini-30 is a version of the Mini-14 which is chambered for the Soviet 7.62x39mm cartridge. These cartridges became available very inexpensively after the end of the Cold War and the Mini-30 makes good advantage of that.
Ruger Mini-14 Manuals
Instruction Manual for Ruger Mini-14 .223 (5.56) Caliber (For use with “180-” serial number prefix models
Books on the Ruger Mini-14
The Mini-14 is the most versatile modern rifle, used by homeowners, hunters, survivalists, law enforce-ment agencies and military forces. An infinite number of Mini-14s may be constructed with the many marketed accessories. Here is the Mini-14’s history, model specifications and much more.
If you want your Mini-14 to fit your body, needs and pocketbook, here’s the authoritative source on customizing this inexpensive, reliable rifle into an exotic super system. Find out how to boost your Mini-14’s firepower (legally) so that it will not only generate a lot of double takes, but also deliver – at the range, in the field or in critical moments of self-defense.
Convert your Mini into a full-auto, silenced, SWAT-type weapon that is capable of field-clearing firepower. This conversion process requires no machining or special tools. Once completed, it takes just five minutes to drop in the Automatic Connector (the book’s secret!) or remove it as needed. It’s that simple!
The Ruger Mini-14 may be the ultimate plinker, hunting and survival rifle. If you already have the many accessories available for it, why not complete your collection with a do-it-yourself silencer? Here are step-by-step instructions to show you how to construct a tough, working silencer able to handle the high pressures generated by the Mini-14’s .223 round. All BATF rules apply.