Originally Posted by Cattledog
This a "budget" rifle though. the mini-14 (love it and have it) isn't really a bargain deal these days. We're trying to to keep this under 400. A lever is a good option still though
about $620 at wal-mart for a standard mini 14. still well under the average price of an AR retail, though i admit, still not really cheap by any means. the only other semi auto, non evil looking guns are the M1 carbine (1000+), M1A (1500), and garand (1000+). all of those are FINE guns but way pricey when new. i think the kel-tec is still pretty "evil" loooking myself (as well as ugly imo). but that sub 2000 is pretty appealing at $300.
for semi auto within a budget, mini is about the only decently priced rifle that won't look like an assault rifle. get a wood stock with a a 5 round mag & it just looks like a standard deer rifle to the firearm uneducated.
but i'm with you, i think the lever gun is the best option. i LOVE my marlin 336. just as fun to shoot as a semi auto imo, and way better looking & less "evil." lever guns are definately enough to protect the ol homestead.