Tacticalized, I like that!
I was just wanting to stick with one of the big-3 rifle rounds for economy, and a 5.56 is limited while a 7.62N is a little hot in any configuration. I was leaning towards the 7.62x39 because it is almost a 30-30, which is a decent enough choice for an all-around game gun in the lower 48.
I use a handgun mostly, but that comes with some legal hassles, so a hunting rifle would have a place. And I'm a fan of the haevy bullet idea, in general. My other plan would be a lever action, probably in 444, but that has a different set of issues against it.
So I see two votes for the AK on reliability, and one plug for the SKS at a decent price. No one likes the mini-30? I like the profile, but an SKS with a new stock would probably work just as well. Any others?
I'm not shopping, just talking myself into what to put on my list next.