I'm am VERY new to the rifle scene, but I would love to get started. My definition of value is not "cheap" but a gun with the best value. I consider the Springfield TRP 1911 a great value even at it's $1,500 price tag.
My priorities are high reliability and minimal maintenance.
I'm currently looking at 5.56/.223 rifles primarily for IDPA and secondarily as home defense.
Is this the best caliber for the game/purpose? Honestly, I have no idea. I can be swayed in any direction so any resources or leads are GREATLY appreciated.
I'm leaning towards 5.56/.223 due to the reasonable cost and the availability of the ammo.
My initial thought was a Ruger Mini-14 in 5.56/233 due to reliability and cost/value, but I haven't gone far beyond that.
Thank you all in advance.