If I had the money, it would be a leupold VX-II in 1-4x ($300 or so). I'll probably end up with the Weaver Classic V-Series Scope 1-3x ($150). seems to be most of the performance for half the price.
If I won the lotto however, I would probably buy the Schmidt & Bender Police Marksman 2 Short Dot Rifle Scope 1.1-4x. Seems like just about the perfect scope for the mini. However, I could never bring myself to spend $2700 on a scope otherwise.
I hear a lot of interest in the millett DMS. But at 18 oz and 12 inches, it is a lot of scope. The leupolds and the weaver in a similar config (1-3x or 1-4x) are 9 oz and 9 inches (or a touch less)
If you can't guess, I am leaning toward a scope you can shoot on 1x with both eyes open, for the close in stuff, and still be able to have reasonable magnification to reach out to 100-200 yards. Where I live in CT, you would almost NEVER have a shot beyond 200 yards. You're always either in the woods or in a suburban/urban environment with limited line of sight
I got a Tasco 3-9 x 40 scope from Wally World last year. I've shot about 1000 rounds of 5.56 through my original Min, 200 rounds of 5.56 through my newer Mini, and it's still working great. I'm putting it on my new 6.8 SPC AR for testing. I'll let you know how it goes when I take it to the range tomorrow.
I have a Bushnell Banner 4x on my Mini 14, and its killed more hogs than psuedorabies, out to 300yds. Dont get many shots past that distance around my area. I recently put an older Redfield 1.75x7 on my Mini 30, and so far its doing really well.
Leupold and Nikon what tho?
In the 10/22 world, the Simmons Mag 22 3x9-32 owns it for the masses but there is a major following for target guns with the Mueller APV 4.5-14×40 AO and the Nikon 4x ProStaff for a rugged woods scope. It doesn't look like there is a king for the Mini 14.
How are you using the rifle? Target, hunting, SHTF?
Given the fact that the Mini has good accuracy and not great accuracy I would be more inclined to go with a rugged scope vs a expensive target scope.