I'm an AR guy with several of them, but I picked up an early model Ranch Rifle (187 series) from a friend a while back.
It's a nice little rifle. More accurate than I expected with that funky little rear sight (Ruger has since tweaked their rear sight design), and it handles well and shoots quite nicely.
There's no reason for the two camps to tussle; they're both good rifles with some different strengths and weaknesses. I'd not consider somebody poorly armed if they had a Mini-14 instead of an AR.
Heck, messing with the Mini has me thinking about an M1A.