I'll be happy to give my perspective on this, anchor! Here's my personal tale; short story. I owned a beautiful Mini-14 stainless with a black synthetic stock. It wasn't my first use of a Mini-14, but I thought it might be my last. It was a beautiful 6.8 Remington. I loved it. It was compact, and had that beautiful Garand heritage. It pointed like a fine double shotgun and carried sweetly.Looking to add another Ruger to the collection, mostly ranch use, coyotes , wolves and beaver. Would like a tough, quick handling rifle that is easy to maintain . Any advice would be great thanks.