An SKS can now be fitted with a new rear sight which provides a much better sight distance and accuracy. Saw a link to the company days ago.
The SKS might be the best value for a semi-auto rifle larger than .22 caliber, and the ammo is fairly cheap, much more available than last winter/spring.
Saigas in x39, sporterized versions built by Kalashnikov (available in .223, 7.62x39, .308/.410, 20 and 12-gauge "combat shotguns"), cost more, have a ten-round magazine, and are often modified to accept AK mags etc but don't seem that easy to find here.
Do you know somebody who takes one often to a nearby range/club?
Three of them (mostly Norincos) are listed on note cards at the MSSA club house board, near here: