I got my mini 14 in 2016. Went back & forth on the 14 & the 30. I figured if the zombie apocalypse happened, a gazillion rounds of .223/5.56 out there, & along with that, what a 30 30 would do compared to the 7.62 x 39.(already had the 30 30 ) With the right ammo, a .223 will drop a deer as quick or quicker than the AK round, EXCEPT, in a lot of states, the .223 isn't legal to deer hunt with. I'm happy with what I went with, but, would also like to have a mini 30.