I had a stainless Ruger Mini-14 (181 series I believe) in the mid 80s. POS. Unreliable with anything but the 5 round mag (even then it was questionable). Blew it up (another story), Ruger rebuilt it, I traded it off for an AR-15 and NEVER looked back.
A buddy had a Remington 600 Mohawk in .308 that would occasionally hit the broad side of a barn (from inside the barn)
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