I know that this thread is for the Mini-14. But, I can't find another place for it and I'd like to write a little about Ruger's 10/22. Having a couple of Minis, I desired to find a more economical way to practice. I decided to obtain a 10/22. Both guns are semi auto. I have hi-cap mags for both. I figure that the 10/22 would be great to practice with because you are building "muscle memory" for it and the Mini at the same time. And, the .22LR is more economical (I hate the word "Cheaper") to shoot.
The 10/22 is probably the most popular gun sold in America today. You can often find them for less than $200. (At least you could before the current buying frenzy hit). The 10/22 is a very dependable firearm. There is a plethora (I like that word) of after-market products available for it. ATI Gunstocks makes a great looking kit with a folding stock with an M4 type of adjustment for this rifle. They make a similar one for the Mini-14 which I want to get. That way the 2 different guns would have similar handling qualities. You can buy all kinds of stocks, barrels and I don't know what all for the 10/22.
I think everybody should have one. I sure like mine.