I think the recommendation of a lever action in .30 WCF (.30-30) is spot on. Used Marlin 336s are running in the $350-$450 range depending on location and desirability. I would look for one of those (pre cross bolt safety) and stock up on some ammo for it. .30 WCF is plentiful nationwide and cheaper than most other centerfire ammo. An SKS wouldn't be a bad choice either but I personally think you get more for your money in the Marlin 336. Ammo would certainly be cheaper for the SKS though, Wolf 7.62x39 ammo cost me $4.15/box last time I bought it.