I'm looking for some input here. Lately I've been thinking I need a go to/truck/SHTF gun to add to my tiny collection. Something that's good to about 200 yards but doesn't have to be a tack driver. I would like to be able to take it into the woods for protection and go pinking now and then without it draining the bank account to feed it. It must be easy to operate/clean and be reliable. Sounds easy doesn't it. So what I've come up with is either a mini 14 or SKS. Both seem to have what I'm looking for but the caliber is the only problem. I did finally decide on a SKS since most of what I've read and seen on youtube the 7.62x39 has a little more punch than the .223. Besides the Russian stuff is cheap! Then I was reading how the ATF was banning the steal core 7.62x39 from Russia, saying it was armor piercing. Which got me thinking that with all the problems with Russia lately they could easily stop the flow of ammo from Russia saying its sanctions. Then the price would go way up. I know this is a topic that always seems to come back from the dead. And I'm not wanting to stir the pot or cause any arguments/problems. Just wanting to get some opinions. Just some opinions from people who have been there. Thanks for your time.