My criteria: 1. Inexpensive 2. Common caliber - .223, 7.62 x39, 30-30, .308, 30-06 or 9mm .38/.357 3. Absolutely reliable. 4. If it matches my handgun calibers (9mm and .38/.357), a plus, but rather have a little power. 5. Appearance not a factor, if I scratch it or drop it don't want it to matter like it would if I dropped my Garand. So I've thought about and posted about .38/.357 lever guns, Marlin Camp carbines, Ruger Mini -14s, SKS (had one and sold it - crunchiest trigger ever made on mine!) Yesterday I handled a Saiga at a local shop. Any experience with these guns? My hope would be to buy the 7.62x39 and use it as is out of the box with no modifications. Stock sights, stock mags. Advice anyone?