My newness to civilian ARs caused me to just go crazy for awhile. I held a lot of good weapons. But I could not concieve of paying that, for something I was new to. I am familiar with the ar platform, since I held, shot, and cleaned the M-16 for 20 years. So I saw the ruger. The lower seamed cheap to me. I looked at the forged compared to the poly, and the ruger did not sit well. Plus way to high priced.
I now have a DPMS, who some say is junk, but I think there are reasons other than fact for that. It shoots well, handles all ammo even tula. And it has a very well forged lower. So If I have the ****ty DPMS which I see as better than the ruger, then maybe the ruger isn't the best choice. But I was only in the Army for 20 years. So what do I know?
Doin' what I can, with what I got.