Hey, what about the Mini-14's with the big stabilizer on the end of the barrel. I guess that would be a "target" model, or is that an oxymoron? I wonder if they shoot any better.
OP: could opt for a Mini-30 in 7.62x39...wish i would've instead of .223. i like the gun though. it's not meant to hit the apricot at 1000yds. get some hi cap mags for it and start hammering...should be plenty to get rid of some 'yotes. not nearly as menacing looking as a black rifle either.
you could take deer with it w/ the right ammo. TNT 55 grain hollows are something else if you havn't tried em.