Wow! Feel like I have been in the desert and found an oasis here! In the past 30 days I have bought a 10/22, SS/Black Poly, because of so many good things said about them on the web and other enthusiasts sites. I have also just bought a Mini 30 SS/All Weather after extensive research. I was leaning towards an AR platform at first because it seemed so popular and was the "hot" item to have it seems, but during my research most of the conversations about the AR's boiled down to a "Chevy vs. Ford" mentality. Not that they are not both fine cars, but the allegiance factor did not impress me as much as factual comparisons coupled with unemotional critiques. So, in short the Mini 30 appealed to me on a much more practical level. Quality, reputation, value, flexibility, and American made were all combined to help me make my decision. This is a fantastic forum and I am encouraged by it that I made a good choice with these two guns. I am interested in hunting as well as target shooting but find myself limited in outlets as there are no local rifle ranges where I live. Enough about me. This is a good forum and shows a lot of class and intelligence, as well as good humor. Hope to learn more about the guns I have, and enjoy the conversations of my fellow Ruger owners.