I am a gunsmith and new to the site. I have always been a fan of the bolt action, but moving to semis. I see a lot of down talk about the mini 14 so i plan to pick one up. The mini is a rugged design and i plan to disprove the AR community. Like a run of the mill AR they take work and time to accurize. I have worked on many ARs and they are all of cheap design. If you can afford to spend a grand on some pot metal and plastic go for it. If you want a semi auto rifle buy a mini and put a little patience into it. Ill try to keep everyone updated. Hunt hard, shoot Straight, kill clean, apologize to no one.