Corrections Cop, we ditched the Mini-14 about 13 years ago and went with the AR-15, tower, outside work crews, etc. Heck, our outside work crew long guns used to be Winchester lever actions in 30-30! Went to the AR the same day we gave away the Ruger Security Six's and went to the Clock 17/19.
I'd go back in a heartbeat...
Options for a non-AR-15? Pardon me, gotta post this up again, then.