I bought my wife a Colt preban R6830 7.62x39 for her birthday in 1992. She loved it then and still does. I bought myself a Colt preban R6601 2.23 match H Bar in 1994. Both are great rifles. They don't have all the fancy bells and whistles on them available today. In fact other than the Trijicon on hers and the collapseble stocks on both, they are just as we bought them 20 or so years ago. I haven't shot a new one, but I'm sure if you spend somewhere between $1100 and $1500 and a major brand, you will be very happy.
Life member NRA