OK Goldsbu-first of all, I hunt with VEPR's. And I don't give a **** what anybody thinks-It's just another self-loading rifle with a 5 round Bulgarian "Waffle" Mag. Perfectly Legal. In fact, I bet I have got more than one person to go out and buy a VEPR after they have seen mine in action!! The Russians have been hunting with specially made AK's (short barrels and folding stocks) in 7.62 X 39mm for decades. But let's get back to the Mini-30:
Price-Expect to pay over $700 for a new one-a VEPR is $200 less
Accuracy-No group holding ability whatsoever, why do you think there are guys making small fortunes "accurizing" Mini-14's and Mini-30's??
Firing Pin-Expect to buy a few-oh, and don't plan on installing them yourself, either. You will have to ship them to Ruger yourself, or go through an FFL to do it. And YOU will have to pay the return S&H, don't forget!!!
Hammer Spring-Ruger has intentionally made the Hammer Spring so that it does not have enough force to ignite Soviet Bloc ammo-so plan on spending the $10-$13 for every box of 20 US-Made rounds. (Foreign stuff sells for about $2 per box of 20)
Scope-First of all, the Ruger rings suck, your scope will come loose, and you can only use certain kinds of scopes anyway. To mount a red-dot or anything else, you will have to spend about $80 for a B-Square side-mounting base, or something similar.
Magazines-I know you said you will not use hi-cap mags, but what if you needed your rifle for a defensive situation?? I would want more than 5 rounds. Good luck finding any hi-cap mags that work!!
Other than that, the Mini-30 is a fine weapon!!! In fact, mine was so good, that I ended up selling it for about a $300 loss, as it was costing me more than my car to keep working. I don't hate Mini's-only the Mini-30. And I hate Ruger for the things they have done, like making a rifle that by design, will not shoot the ammo I want to use, and for making their firing pins out of blown glass.
I'm just trying to save you the heartache. But do what you want-maybe you'll get lucky!!