I've been browsing this site for some time, decided to register and join the conversation with some intelligent people who seem to have good practical info for Mini owners. I just bought a current 196 series Mini-14 ranch (blued) and have experienced typically lousy 100yd accuracy, even with 4x40 Weaver K4 attached. Winchester USA and Norinco 55gr ball produce 8-12in groups - I assume my barrell twist is too fast for lighter bullets, but haven't tried anything else yet. I'll be working on making this my coyote gun, so I may go as far as having it rebarrelled. Living in NE Texas I'm close to Shilen in Ennis and Clark Custom outside of Shreveport. I've owned two previous (standard blued) Mini's, both more accurate than this Ranch Rifle. I also owned a Colt Sporter Match (pre-ban HBAR type A2) and an M1A, but sold them both as I quit infrequent Highpower competition and wanted something less expensive to sit in the gun safe. The only issue I'm really concerned about with the Mini is costly, hard to find magazines. I picked up a factory Ruger 30rd at Collector's Firearms in Houston last week for $80 (used, excellent condition) after noting prices discussed here. If anyone's interested, Collector's has an early .222cal Mini-14 blued Ranch Rifle in great condition for (I think) about $850. Anyway, sorry for the length of this, does anyone have experience with rail mounted optical sights on Mini's?