Hello All, I really want an M-14-type rifle for all-around enjoyment, and defense capability in case things go sour. I love the walnut-stocked M1A from Springfield but I am concerned about the cost. I am on a real budget and I know they run about 1500 new plus .308 is not the cheapest ammo. I know many disparage the Ruger Mini-14 but some say quality has improved and I know they are about 1/2 the M1A in price and 5.56 is a cheaper round. I also like the smaller size of the Mini but bemoan the loss of punching power the .308 has in an emergency. I am not interested in an AR or anything else. Is the M1A worth the double price for the purposes of what I want it for? I would appreciate some advice.