I have a preban Colt, bought for $440 new in late 80's. Also 2 Stagg 15's; like the Staggs. Second Stagg is a piston; might consider that one, around 1100 in Ak; maybe less in lower 48. I'd like to get an LWRC but they are quite high. I think nx AR will be an armalite 338 federal.
I see many used AR's on the local lists online, reasonable too.