after months of thinking this through and weeks of bargainign with a pregnant wife, i have decided to get a ruger mini 14. wanted an ar-15, but too expensive, shotgun was priced right, but not practical to practice at my range with, and i have three handguns. the ruger seems to be a less expensive alternative to the ar. been looking at hogue stocks and 30 round magazines as well. all i need now is a scope and good to go. we have a gun show this sept. cant wait to see what they have. any people have input or knowledge they wish to pass on. also looks like the average price for a stainless barrel is around 600, is this too high or about right.