Last February or March I handled the AIA Jungle Carbine at a Gander Mountain in Saginaw, just east of Fashion Square Mall. Very appealing and nice rifle.
This really sparked my interest and now have the .303 version: my favorite rifles.
A guy in England who might be on 'Gunandgame' and 'Surplusrifle' really enjoys his.
It must be nice to avoid the difficult search for affordable (corrosive) ammo, or invest in/learn reloading.
Don't worry about the wood. Let's remember how many of 'our' various products come from China, and don't know where parts come from. My Norinco SKS (soft wood) had been here many years before I bought it in '08.