I had a Mini 14 until last year. My 2 cents is - buy the Mini 14 because ammo is cheaper so you can shoot more(it is a fun gun)! Stick to only Ruger factory mags. Other brands have a tendancy to miss feed. My Ruger never did.
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." John Sharp Williams
"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." Unknown