A comment by Jason on Friday open gun advice thread
I have both a Yugo SKS and a Winchester 30-30 and enjoy both weapons. The SKS has less recoil, is semi-automatic and has an attached 10 round magazine (in VT I have to switch to a 5 round magazine to go hunting). The 30-30 packs a larger punch, is lever-action, so it helps me live out my cowboy fantasies, and has a six tound magazine (with an additional one in the chamber). Both are good brush guns, though, with similar ballistics.
If you're getting an SKS get the Yugo, it a a fold out bayonet. Not only does it look cool, it look awesomely cool.