FYI, these little carbines are chambered in 7.62x39 which has ballistics similar to (slightly better than) the venerable 30-30. The semi automatic action soaks up a substantial portion of the already mild recoil and so I think these are great for young hunters and small shooters (read wives). I've taken four white tail deer with clean one shot kills with these little gems. They are definitely well suited for deer and hogs at moderate ranges up to +/- 100 yards.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...