I decided that I will go with the Ruger mini 223 because I can use it for target practice and self defense for home. I will also purchase the 223 Rem 55 gr TAP® FPD™ for HD. The mini Tactical rifle has a shorter barrel length of 16.12"
, the Ranch Rifle has a barrel length of 18.50".
The only problem is the Tactical Rifle only comes in Alloy Steel, not Stainless Steel. I do like the Stainless Steel, but will be adding 2 more inches if I get the Ranch Rifle SS. I really don't know if 2 more inches makes a big difference.