In the past I have started numerous topics about what rifle to get over this or what to build over what. Hopefully by this time next week I will be down to 2-3 firearms. Bad news when you have to sell from 7 but we have all been there. I even had to sell my beloved M4 carbine. It was all worth it though. (Recently married and needed the cash.) So as soon as I pay off my debt I will need a utility rifle to fit the Carbine niche and yes the wife approves. I need something that is lefty friendly as me and the wife are lefty's. I am looking for ideas in this case. My current thoughts and options in order of preference are... [list type=decimal] [li]Mini Thirty[/li] [li] SKS[/li] [li] M1 Carbine[/li] [li] AK47 (or AK74 as ammo is cheaper)[/li] [/list] Requirements: [li] Budget Max $700[/li] [li] Reliability > Accuracy - Can it hit a zombie or Deer with accuracy?[/li] [li] Option for magazines greater then 10. [/li] [li] Lefty Friendly not lefty ejecting[/li] Optional or Nice Thoughts: [li] Optional Optics mounts. Perfectly fine with irons for as long as possible.[/li] [li] Suggestions in .223 or 5.45 also accepted.[/li] [li] Be cool if I could purchase 2! (Reasons why I am considering AK/SKS.) [/li] [li] Want to hear about Century's Sporter Models as they are within price range. Are they worth it for a self defense rifle? [/li] Saiga is not an option not enough tools and too much manual work to get what I want out of it. If I knew how I would setup a poll. Finally as far as ammo I prefer 7.62x39 and then .30 Carbine. I am interested in the .223 and 5.45 commie caliber if the price is right. Otherwise let's try and stick to suggestions in 7.62x39 & .30 Carbine.