I own both and I recommend you first get the Mini-14. Lots of reasons. First, Ruger never made Mini-30 hi cap mags. The Mini-14 hi caps are the more reliable, and the Ruger Mini-14 LEO mags are best. Second, there are more flash hiders etc out there for the Mini as you want an AC-556 look. Third, .223 is available at every Walmart. 7.62 x 39 is also pretty common, but there were some shortages of it last year. 7.62 x 39 used to be super cheap, but not so much anymore. A lot of guys like the Mini-30 for deer hunting, if you might want to do that, then I'd recommend the Mini-30. The Mini-30 is better at shorter ranges, say 150 meters max IMO. The .223 that the Mini-14 shoots is a flatter round and gives you a bit more range, which is better for longer range plinking. If you want a GP fun gun go for the Mini-14. If you want a hunter, go for the Mini-30. Also there are tons of lightly used Mini-14s out there. Good luck.
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