Did some resarch here and other websites. I found out the skinny on different rifle barrel twists rates, so that answered alot of my questions.
Went to the gun store earlier today and talked to a salesman about several of the models they had in stock.
I ended up buying Armalite M15. I paid a bit more than I'd originally intended to spend, but I feel like I got just what I was looking for. Any of you have experiences good or bad with Armalite rifles?
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