Hey all, been too long, been too busy. Happy holidays -Veteran's Day- Thanksgiving - Pearl Harbor Day- Christmas. Based on a my original post http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f95/mini14-upgrade-mini30-57879/ I bought a Ruger mini 30 tactical and 4-20 round Ruger mags, added a recoil buffer based on suggestions here [thanks]. I will take my mfg concerns to the Ruger Forum. The optics question based on my eyesight, I'm thinking I should go with a 2X7 scope instead of a red dot, is twofold: Name some scope mfgs. that are quality across all price ranges and have something under 200 bucks. Then there's this; Is a pistol scope an option for a 100yd and less shooter mini 30 tac?