i went shooting yesterday with my mini 14 and m1a bush rifle. took the mini out to sight in my new scope. well lets just say now when i shoot my mini i feel like im shooting a bb gun and im bored with it. i did not see this comming now all i want to shoot rifle wise is my bush rifle. i just love the length, weight and balance, it is just perfect for me. im guessing another reason its lighter is becuse of the synthetic stock (i think that its usgi fiberglass). i love the look of walnut but the synthetic for me just feels better. anyway i love the m14 series of rifles and the 7.62 round they are just perfect together.