I've got the rifle fundamentals covered. Not new to rifles.
I shot the AR for years in the military so I'm very comfortable with it which is a big benefit. Know its accurate as well and I like the sights. I do consider the mini-14 instead as its a more traditional rifle and supposedly more reliable. Also a little cheaper.
I like the AK for its known reliablity but that's about it. Hate the sights and ergonomics so think im going go rule that out.
M1A would be my ideal rifle I think but again consider the AR10 style as I'm familiar with the AR but have concerns with reliability.
So...not sure what to do short of buying one of each which I cannot.