Re: I have made a terrible mistake.
I may be a dinosaur, but my butt still burns when Ruger is brought up. Some of us old timers remember what Bill Ruger did concerning Hi-cap mags back in the clinton days. I don't care for Ruger...period.
The Mini-14 is overpriced and over rated (yes, I have owned several). It is basically a 150 yard semi auto rifle thatis neither particularly accurate, reliable nor special. The magazine situation is regrettable, but true.
We all have made mistakes when buying firearms, it is a tough way to learn, but learn you will. Trade the thing and get a decent AR. Mags are plentiful, accuracy is ten times better, and AM parts are everywhere.