It'll be a few month down the road yet, but I have been saving up to get a Mini-14. I was kind of stuck on choosing between the stainless steel/synthetic stock or the normal ranch rifle set-up. Then I realized that Ruger is producing the Mini-14 in the new 6.8mm Rem. I want the rifle for long-range target shooting, but being a Kentuckian I am pathologically incapable of owning a rifle that can't also be used for deer hunting. I know the .223 is capable of taking a deer, but the 6.8 would be far more appropriate. I even checked out the new NRA model, but it's far too expensive for my income/time frame (really is nice, though) The .223 is more common and thus less expensive, but the 6.8 is, well, new and thus somehow inherently better. I am torn. Could I get some advice?