I figured bac1023 isn't the only one who can start threads about recent acquisitions. Not too long ago I read a brief history of the Mini-30 and watched a few YouTube videos, and I started to get the itch for one. I was never too excited about them when they were first introduced, especially since Ruger only made 5-round magazines for them and aftermarket mags were of dubious reliability. But I definitely dig the new Tactical Rifle configuration; blued finish, heavy barrel, protected front sight, GB flash hider...and it comes with two factory 20-round mags. And here it is with its Garand siblings in .308 and .223... This is my first rifle chambered in 7.62x39...anyone have any thoughts/experience with the Mini-30? I've only put 40 rounds of UMC brass-cased ammo through it so far...which naturally ran flawlessly. But I intend to experiment with a wide variety of steel and brass-cased ammo to see what it likes.