The Collection: Mini-14s
I purchased the first one in the early 1990s when I first started becoming interested in shooting. I shutter to think how many thousands of rounds I have put through that thing and it is still going strong. I bought the second one in 2007 because two is one.
I highly recommend them. I love them in fact. The actions are based on it's big brother the M1A. You can do a detailed disassembly and cleaning with no tools including dropping out the entire trigger system.
You can get magazines of various capacities, and a ton of other upgrades. You can see I have upgraded both of mine in several ways. Choate Folding Stock and Tapco Tactical Stock are nice. Very light and adjustable. I am tempted to get another and leave it stock. Probably the stainless like the one on the left.
I have read several times on the Intertubes that people say they start to shoot badly once they heat up. I cannot confirm this. Both of mine shoot great on the first shot as the 500th. It's often the AR15 vs Mini-14 kind of Mac vs PC and 1911 vs Glock kind of debate.
Now that I have a tricked out AR15 the one thing I can say is that the AR15 cost as much as both my Mini-14s.
--Every Gunnie should have one or two on hand!