If you are interested in a good looking, well finished, solid, closely historically accurate AK47 or AK74 check out.
They are fitted with chrome-moly barrels or for like $22 more they will fit a stainless steel match grade barrel. Lifetime warranty and well
with in your price range. I shot one yesterday (model 7460) and it was awesome. Negligible recoil, consistent hits at 200 yards on a 10" steel plate and flawless performance (not to mention the beauty).
Needless to say when tax refunds come in I'm all over one. Just can't decide what caliber, stock option or finish I'm gonna go with.