I have decided (I think) that my next purchase should be a long gun dedicated to self defense. Now, I don't feel under-armed, but I don't HAVE a long gun whose primary function is self defense (well, okay, I have a couple of what used to be call "riot guns", but let's pretend they don't exist. I'm looking for an excuse to buy a new gun). I really don't want an AR in .223. If it's a rifle, I'd like it to be in a larger caliber (yes, I know the reasons one should get a .223. I'm ignoring them), and am considering a MIA, but am open to other suggestions. The exception to not wanting a .223 would be a mini-14, as I have a bunch of hi-cap mags for one. However, I am also interested in the Saiga 12, but have read conflicting reviews. Anyone with actual experience with one? I'd also even consider a (yep, y'all know it) an M-1 Garand, as I have a bunch of clips for it also. So . . . let's try to keep the price under about $1200. What would you recommend?