If Russian 7.62x39 ammo prices come down to anything similar to what they were, is shooting more ammo for a given price a factor?
The only reason I bought my first SKS ('early '08), used Mini 14 and 30 (early '08) was because of the fairly cheap ammo prices.
With these older series, the old, thicker post sights could have been better. But for zapping plastic bottles out to 50 yards, this was much more fun than shooting expensive .308 ammo in a much more expensive gun.
Having only been bitten by the 'gun bug' late in life, ammo prices are a much higher priority to some of us than the type of gun. Since then I've never seen affordable .308/Nato 7.62 unless it was reloaded multiple times with very economical components.