I'm moving to the only county in NC who has a law prohibiting any copy of a military automatic rifle. (Long story... suffice it to say when you're married, compromises have to be made. At least I don't have to go back to NH) I have several hundred rounds of .223 ammo, so I thought about a bolt gun. Two questions: In past years, Ruger's Mini's have had thin walled barrels which made them only mildly accurate IMO. Are today's Rugers, such as the Model 77, made with good heavy barrels? Also, does anyone have any experience with Savage bolt guns? TIA.