Re: Good brand of "AK"
VEPR all the way, best made Kalashnikov on the market. It's Russian made at the Molot factory. Based on the RPK (super heavy receiver, trunion, bolt and barrel) I just picked up a .308 VEPR 20-02 and it's AMAZING!! Turkish walnut thumbhole stock is a work of art. Out of the box I was getting 2" groups at 100yrds using a bag rest. Mount and scope on the way so I'll update after...I've been told it'll shoot 1", I just cant see any better at 100yrds w/o a scope.
Oh and they're on sale at Centerfire for $499- $799 10/07/12) get 1 while you can-theyre more accurate than alot of AR's for half the price and feature the AK's rugged reliability and easy tear down.