FWIW, I've owned and sold a half dozen mini-14's over the years, and don't miss any of them. A nice high grade Winchester means much more to me than all the minis together. YMMV of course.
A Winchester makes a pretty dandy defensive arm, so long as you arent facing hoards of rioters etc.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt-