A belated reply, but about 19-20 yrs ago I was waiting for the XGI to come into production. They announced, but never produced. Then I discovered Beretta BM-62s and M1As. Boy, am I glad they never produced that .308. Do yourself (and all your future generations) a big favor and look at those instead, expecially the Beretta. As Hans and Franz would say: "Hear me now, and believe me later." Years from now you will not miss the extra cash you paid, but you will likely be thanking me for the rest of your days, as will your progeny. Hold one of those in your hands, shoot one, and compare fit, feel, and quality. I like my Mini a lot, its a really good rifle. Thank John Garand. But Ruger cut corners and never worked out small problems (like barrel harmonics) that saddled owners with rifles that *could* have been world class, but were not. An extra $100 - 200 could have produced a masterpiece, instead it will cost you many times that for a custom work to get a good barrel, trigger, and stock. But you still will not have a Garand-type sight. And don't get me going on magazines.