I'm thinking about buying the all weather version of the Mini 14 Ranch rifle. On [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] they show all of the ranch rifles as being chambered for 5.56 mm and .223 Rem. I stopped by a local store here where I have some gift cards, etc racked up to take a look at it. On the receiver it is stamped .223. The guy at the store said if it is marked .223 it won't shoot 5.56mm, but if it is marked with 5.56 mm it would also shoot .223.
I've seen comments on the web that aside from the target versions all of the Mini 14s stamped .223 can also shoot 5.56, and this seems to be backed up in the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (P 12):
The RUGER® MINI-14® RANCH RIFLES are offered in two calibers: the
.223 Remington (5.56mm) cartridge and the 6.8mm Remington SPC cartridge.
The Target Model uses .223 Remington cartridges only.
Having a rifle which will shoot both safely is an important feature to me, so I wanted to double check with the guys here. Does anyone here have a Ranch rifle stamped as .223? If so, can it safely shoot both? Or do some mini 14s come stamped with 5.56 on the receiver?