No secret that im not a big fan of ruger mini's, but i do have to say i would much rather have a mini-30 then an SKS, or any AK clone. The garand style action is complicated but nice quality. I am not, never have been and never will be a fan of any AK clone. Its just not a precision firearm, and thats a big thing to me. Same reason why i have zero interest in Hi-point. (not a fair comparison). The mini issue is the short barrel, and in the past ruger hasnt had the best quality barrels either. Its a carbine, meant for close range work (within 300 yards max). Of course the round can do much more, but is limited by the accuracy of the firearm.
the nice thing about the mini-30 is its overall size and the .308 cartridge. it wouldnt be my first choice, but its not a bad option.