All good suggestions, and I did get a Ruger mini14 in 223 Rem! Love it
Congrats ninjaamt - enjoy the rifle!!
kraigwy - you have a very convincing sales pitch for the M1 Garand , it really puts things in perspective
"nicely done".... I just wouldn't consider 60 cents per round to be very affordable if one does a lot of shooting.
Ex - Navy, Persian Gulf Veteran. Loved shooting the M14, 1911, M60, M2