I vote for Vepr 308 with a few caveats:
- Only *IF* those mags do in fact become available.
- Folding buttstock is available (I think it soon will be if not already)
- Replace the sight with a normal AK sight and put a Galil style MB on the end. I'd get a MB for every .308 if I had a choice.
SSSSOOOO... if you tweak the Vepr right, it will make a nice Russian-built "no frills" Galil. I want either a Vepr or Saiga .308, just to build into something like this:
... tell me that doesn't have sex appeal!
If you want point-and-click convenience, I'd recommend a FAL over a G3... here's why:
Cetme and G3 clones are cheap and easy, but have pragmatic issues - try cleaning one! Or try adjusting the rear sight without that little tool!!!! The cocking lever works best snapping it "Hollywood style" and if you try to silently cock it, you'll have to recycle the action because the round won't seat... and since there is NO forward assist, the gun is useless until you cycle it again!
Without BHO it makes for an awkward quick-change. Drilling is required to establish any proficiency with mag changes. And the full mags need to be "popped" in to overcome the loaded spring in the magazine, (supposedly) Saiga shotguns have the same issue. The BHO on the FAL overcomes this problem.
Also accessories are expensive... try finding an affordable collapsible stock for a G3 clone!!! Back in the day I spent $400 for a "fixer up" stock. Tapco has some good aftermarket stuff, but anything that says HK on the side will bend you over when you go to pay for it! So "generic" accessories are really your only practical choice unless you're a collector, in which case you're not going to buy a $300 clone.
Down side for the FAL is weight, but we are talking .308 MBR after all!