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223 convert to 223 AI

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by ExAgoradzo, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. ExAgoradzo

    ExAgoradzo Well-Known Member

    What should I be looking at in cost to convert a Mini 14?

    Is this simply a change in the chamber or are there other things that need to happen?

    Would shooting normal 223 ammo be made much less accurate after this change?

    What else might you do to accurize a Mini 14 w/o buying a new gun ;).

  2. 40 rod

    40 rod Well-Known Member

    I have been wondering the same about 6x45 to 6x45AI.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You will not gain anything converting a Mini-14 to AE except a straighter case that may or may not feed as well from a standard magazine.

    Don't do it.

  4. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

    I've got a 223 AI, in a bolt action. I would not do it in a semi for the reasons listed above.

    You're trying to dress up a pig...love the pig for being a pig. In other words, and I've owned a Mini-14, love it for what it is or sell it.

    Edit: No offense intended, but they're ranch rifles, and gilt edged accuracy isn't required for ranch duties.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  5. ExAgoradzo

    ExAgoradzo Well-Known Member

    Thanks RC.
    Also thanks esheato. Ironically, when I did an internet search I saw that you were a part of a discussion re: 223 AI back in 2006...I agree with what you say about the mini-14.
    I do like my mini-14, and I like it for what it is. The original ranch rifle (I checked it is literally one of the first year's models) is a fun gun so long as you just want to bang away with the boys at our friend's ranch. The newer one will put respectable groups at 100 yards (I get them to 2-2.5" when I am really doing my part).
    I am considering a 22cf (you can see the posts on the rifle country and I'd love your comments). Then I was looking on the net and remembered the whole AI thing and started wondering about that. If I am able to get a bolt action at a reasonable cost, if doing the AI trick isn't too much and it doesn't distort my ability to shoot plain ole' 223s then I very well may do it.
    Thanks again: the issue regarding feeding is exactly the kind of comment I was looking for.
  6. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    A PROPER conversion to an AI requires setting the barrel back to get a clean chamber with the same headspace as stock.

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