I'm wanting to get a .223 rifle and I am leaning heavily to the Ruger mini 14. I'm interested in it because it is light, cheep, designed after a proven platform (M14/M1 Garand) and its different from the run of the mill AR. From what I understand they have had improvements in barrel quality and other aspects. I would love to get some insight, and some facts. It would be nice to have a good quality .223 without being an AR clone.