I understand the feelings about Mini-14 mags and parts - I felt the same when I bought my first 182 series mini about 1980 and found Ruger only produced 20rd mags for civilian sale. At least you could still get them at that time. I recently passed on an opportunity to buy a preban AR15 sporter (1/12 barrel, no forward assist) in favor of my new ranch rifle, but think I'll have to find the money for the AR as well. I just can't give up on the Mini (this is my third one), it's such a neat little rifle and fits me so well. At least quality, functional 10rd aftermarket mags are apparently available, and that's 2 more rounds than a Garand! And .223 is much less expensive than .30-06, too.