When I first moved here a friend loaned me his Mini-14. Unfortunately I had to use it the first month. Coyotes were getting too brave and headed to the area where my dogs sleep. Took one out at about 50 yards. Had to shoot the coyote twice to kill it.
I like the “Mini” frame but the 223 was too weak for me. I bought a Mini-30 and love it. Bought the Ruger scope rings and mounted a scope. Works for me.
(I also own a 47, Mosins)