I am interested in getting a tactical weapon, M-16,AR15,etc. I would only use this for home defense and plinking around. I am wanting something that I don't make the wife mad when she goes to look at the checkbook!! I want something that I can build up myself as far as scope,stock,sights,lights, whatever. I have looked at turning a Ruger 10/22 into one. I don't know anything about this rifle, but I know there is alot out there for it. I have figured I could get a gun, replacement stock and barrel for around $500. But you guys know what works, and what would be around what I am looking for. I appreciate any input from anyone as I am new to getting a gun of this sort. Thanks for all who help!!