Yeah, I'm aware the SKS is about the only one cheaper. I just listed many of the other ones because I wanted to hear other alternatives. I suppose you could say this is a two part thread. The first question is "what's cheaper" but I'm also curious what people like instead of or alongside with their AR models.
Although, I wasn't aware that homebuilding an AR from parts would be that much cheaper. When I looked it up it came to around the same price. So that's a useful tidbit of information