Are you sold on an sks? If so, I’d just research to see if you can get one with a milled receiver vs stamped. Although if you are just plinking it probably won’t matter that much.
Saiga also makes an sks variant that has a more traditional buttstock, no pistol grip. I had one and it worked great for plinking and having fun. Another option would be a ruger mini 14 in 7.62x39.
WTF are you talking about? Last I knew only one factory in China made stamped receiver SKS's and they're very rare and sought after.
I also googled Saiga made SKS's just to see if I could learn something. It appears no such firearm exists.
Let me clarify, the stamped versions are pretty rare for the receiver but it’s more common to find other parts that are stamped vs milled.
That was a typo regarding the Saiga. I meant to say they make an AK variant with a traditional buttstock, not pistol grip. Fixed.