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I did something stupid

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I was using a laser bore site to site in a scope that I just mounted on my Ruger Mini 14. I repeated the process several times with increasing success, however the last time I did it, I really messed up. I forgot to take the laser bore site out of the end of the barrel. After suffering a few very minor shrapnel scratches to the face, I realized that I had just fired a .223 down the barrel. I found the end of the bore site about 80 yards from my firing position. Anyway...
The flash suppressor blew off and I couldn't find it. The front site and the roll pin was still in place, however the ends of the roll pin had been sheared off when I launched the flash suppressor off of the end of the barrel. I took the gun home and cleaned the barrel with a bore snake and tons of Break Free. The barrel looks shiny except for about a 1.5 of space, under the front site area, that looks a bit dark. I'm sure the gun will fire fine, but what can a good gun smith do repair the inside end of the barrel?
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune!

If the end of the Barrel is bulged out, not much, except trim it back to 16 inches and recrown it. Have that barrel checked out from end to end!!! Make sure that there are no bulges, period! If there are any bulges, you will have to replace the barrel.

Good Surplus barrels from some of the Custom Shops that specialize in customizing Mini-14's can be had at reasonable prices, and that is the way I would go.

Depending upon when your Mini-14 was made, the barrel is either pinned in or threaded into the reciever. The pinned in barrels are easy to replace. The threaded ones require an action fixture.
You are most Welcome! Good Luck!
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