My neighbor just bought a new Mini-30...$679.00 if I remember correctly. He already has a Mini-14...says he likes the 30 better.Does Ruger even make the mini-30 anymore?
I had a mini-30 years ago and really liked it. The magazines were not really reliable, but besides the mags, the rifle preformed very well.
When I got my ruger mini-30, they only cost something like $400. I just can not see paying the prices that they want for a mini-14 these days.
I purchased a couple of Norinco Chinese paratrooper sks carbines a few years ago. They took standard ak 30 round magazines and had short barrels....16" if memory serves. I sold em...wish I'd kept one.the sks will shoot as good and in some cases better than the m30, but the m30 has detach mags and a solid scope mount option,