But I do have questions, after watching many YouTube videos. Why not an AR? I've never really liked the looks of the platform. That probably makes me weird, or something. I guess it's what you were raised with. I'd like to be able to do with a Mini what I could do with my .30 caliber carbine when I was in the Military. Man-sized targets at 300 yards, and bottom of coke can at 100 yds would suit me just fine. Possible? I don't believe in spending a lot of money in addition to a rifle's original cost to make it accurate! A trigger job, yes, but much more? I have read on one site to accurize the Mini, you merely have to remove .030" from the bottom of the gas block, or buy a new gas block with a smaller hole in it. (?) What rate of twist does the Mini have? 1:8? Will it stabilize 60-63 gr. bullets, and can Military ammo be safely used , or would it be better to use Commercial rounds? I've also read that if you sight in at 50 yards, the 55 gr bullet will be "on" again at ~250, for a set-it-and-forget-it "battle sight". True? Last question, then I'll go...I've also read that putting a .45 ACP accessory...a Wilson shock buffer...somewhere in the gas operating system will keep the rifle from battering itself? Is that really needed? Any clarification you Ruger experts can give me will be muchly appreciated! Thanx.