I had a stainless Mini 14 and like you say for my purpose's it worked for me. It's a lot like Taurus guns, works well but not a lot of snob appeal. The AR crowd looks down their nose at them for some reason. Either one makes a great truck gun.
Kinda wish I still had mine. I traded it for a Romanian AK with two thirty rounders and a thousand rounds of Wolf ammo. That one goes bang every time too it's just not as cool looking.