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    SKS recommendations

    A friend (and relative) of mine is thinking about buying an SKS. He is knowledgable about firearms in general. Any specific recommendations as to type and seller? Yugoicon, Romanian, etc.?

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    Whilst each country's SKS has its own quirks, they all shoot about the same and are equally reliable. (Don't know that its true for the N. Korean variant- never seen one!) Just stay away from the aftermarket add-ons and he'll be fine. (Some stuff is OK- tons of junk out there, though!)

    Yugos don't have chromed bores, but that only matters w/ surplus ammo and poor cleaning habits.

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    I heard at work that the local store has a bunch of sks for 200$. I'm going to go and have a look, the guy who told me about them doesn't know if they are Yugoicon, Romanian, Chinese or what ever. My question is, what would a guy expect to pay for the various sks?

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    $100(don't expect much!) to $500(more for some "rare" variants). Imagine what would happen when relations w/ N. Korea get normalized and they dump their "rare" SKS's to raise cash. Won't happen soon- but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MORB View Post
    I heard at work that the local store has a bunch of sks for 200$. I'm going to go and have a look, the guy who told me about them doesn't know if they are Yugoicon, Romanian, Chinese or what ever. My question is, what would a guy expect to pay for the various sks?
    They are probably Russianicon refurbs that have flooded the market here in Canadaicon recently. Good guns, good price.

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    Sks

    Rick i haver a Russianicon SKS with milled parts not pressed and a chrome lined barrel very nice gun

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    Quote Originally Posted by bussche View Post
    They are probably Russianicon refurbs that have flooded the market here in Canadaicon recently. Good guns, good price.
    I haven't got there to check them out yet, but you figure 200$ is a good price for a refurbished Russian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MORB View Post
    I haven't got there to check them out yet, but you figure 200$ is a good price for a refurbished Russianicon?
    It's the going rate for a run of the mill Russian refurb. Expect to pay more for a laminate or for one of the early imports with the mag pinned via the follower. Price may also go up on rifles without the painted bolt carrier.

    Regardless, it's a great deal if you're looking for a shooter. Two years ago Russian SKS's were in the $400+ range, now they're everywhere at half the price.

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    Thanks for the info, I think I'm going to pic one up

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    A like new Chinese with stock fixed 10 rd. mag. is the best bet for a good rifle. Keep it stock ,clean and oiled with lots of ammo.

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