I have always admired the design of the mini 14 but was hesitant because of the accuracy issue. I do have a friend who has a reasonably accurate mini, but if you get one it is (was?) a crapshoot. I don’t ever recall hearing about reliability issues.
With the heavier barrel it sounds like the accuracy issue may be resolved, and that makes a whole new ball game!
From a personal perspective, I was entertaining the idea of getting an AR15, but I have always liked the M14 better, but really didn’t want to spring for the asking price of a M14. The next thing: do I really want another .22 caliber?
Dang right I do!
Ya know, if you can get some nice accuracy out of one of these, they just might make a nice varmint rifle. I have friends that are using their ARs right now for prairie dogs and love em. This just might work as well.