well, after a lengthy process that involved me trying to fix it to sending it to a smith and ultimately off to ruger, the tale of my sick mini 14 has come to an end. The smith suspected it was an issue with the secondary sear, as did I, though when he returned the rifle to me he told me that ended up not being the case. So off it went to ruger. Last friday I got a call from ruger to let me know that they could not fix the problem and they are sending me a new rifle and if I could kindly send them the information for the ffl I would use for the replacement. I suspect that there is an out of spec part that is not easily brought into spec. anyways, I am posting this so that anyone who comes across a similar issue can have some sort of resolution. when in doubt, send it back to ruger.