Hey, hows it going ? Hunting season here in Alabama is just around the corner,I took a peek,big bucks everywhere will be a good season. Currently on the mini 30 and mini 14 I am using Bushnells Banner scope 1.5x4.5x32 cost about $60.00 good scope, as with any rifle recoil can damage your scope. That is why I like the ranch rifles. I use the mini 30 and mini 14 equally on the ranch here,so I have every day use of these fie firearms on all sorts of critters and varmits. After afew years I have had zero problems. Hey, cajungeo do you have a contact number for MIKE KNIFONGS gas port bushing kit, those shells do go flying out of the mini 14 huh? Also recomend locktite blue on the ring screws. Have you tried Buffer Tech buffer some good help with metal contact ,but not enough for the recoil. Singleside out.