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As many who appreciate the SKS may have noted, the price for them has gone from under $100 a few years ago to $600+ recently. I got a flyer from J&G Sales yesterday. They have Chinese Type 56 SKS with cracked stocks for $289. No good for military collectors, but if you are into modifications like Tapco (or similar) stocks with removable extended magazines, this is a perfect candidate. These are early Chinese production with the chrome bores, milled parts and receiver, folding bayonets, screw-in barrels, but no cleaning rod. They have some with uncracked stocks for $329, and hand selects for $369.
 

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$330 for a SKS.........$89 was the going price when I got mine. Should've bought a dozen:eek: Hard to wrap my mind around paying that much but for $330 you'll have a hard time getting a more dependable "truck gun". Ugly as sin and moderately accurate but they ALWAYS go bang and the ammo is cheap and effective out to a couple hundred yards.
 

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Gave a crisp new $100 bill back in 1992 for a Norinco SKS new in the box with spike bayonet, tool kit in the stock, a plastic oil can, and a 'manual' in English that was hilarious, literally couldn't understand the 'translations'. Oh, yeah, it came in a cardboard box. Wonder if I should have kept the box?

I bought mine 'cause I wanted a Ruger Mini-30 but couldn't afford one and this was the cheapest way to get a platform for the 7.63x39.

Yeah, 7.62 x 39, I think it's the new 30/30 !

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I saw a VERY good condition Norinco SKS the other day at my favorite LGS for $299, and a couple of other SKS models (Yugo and Russian) in varying condition with prices reflected accordingly. So, around $300 for an average to good one seems to be the going price these days. At least for the Norinco models, anyway.
 

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Yeah, I still have one of 2 I bought back in the late 80s for 69 bucks each in the boxes. They were the screw in barrel ones with absolutely no use. The crated ones with cosmo on them and a few dings etc. were 10 bucks lass. I swaw pople buy those by the crate load at gunshows in San Antonio. Probably all got sold at flea markets.

Guess I shoulda kept both of them. this one probably ain't been fired maybe 200 times. I have bought some in the last couple of years at gunshows in the 250 range more or less depending on condition off "walk ins." Most guys will hould out for 3 bills if they have and nice oone and they usually get it, even from the dealers/traders. I had even seen some Russians & Yugos last year after all the prrices dropped on the ARs & AKs. They were not fetching much more.

http://www.bersaforum.com/photo/norinco-sks-252.html

Another Norinco I had picked up a few years ago for a bill & a quarter with all the Rambo stuff on it. Dumbazz previous owner had THOWN AWAY the stock and original mag, & top cover. Oh, well, it was cheap and the kids use it alot. Keeps them off my AKs. It's in "Drag." Some kinda draganov looking poly folder.

http://www.bersaforum.com/photo/norinco-sks-in-drag-253.html
 

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i have one of the russian arsenal refinished SKS's as well as one of the chinese with the UGLY thumb hole stock that was modified to take AK magazines. Had 2 of those but sold one a couple years ago for a very nice profit over the $129 i paid way back. Did finally buy an AK last year just because if everyone in every piss-ant 3rd world country had one, by God, as an American i should have one too!
 

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J&G Sales has dropped the price to $249. I enjoy restoring old bolt-action military rifles, so I finally decided to get one. This will be my 5th restoration project. So far, I've done 2 Yugo Mauser 24/47 rifles (which were pretty bad!) and 2 Chinese Type-53 Mosin Nagants. I've spent 3 hours, 10 hours, and up to 30 yours on just one rifle.

This may not be the best deal for an SKS, but working on these old guns, sanding, removing rust, bluing, refinished, etc., can provide a lot of enjoyment. I've got some restoration videos of my Mauser on YouTube, if you're interested.
 

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i dropped by my local Cabela's after work today and they had two nice Chinese SKS's for $319. I was impressed. I'm still glad I have one to work on, as I enjoy restoring old rifles, but I think maybe $250 is a bit much. Even so, I'm excited about it.
 

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So, here's an unboxing video for my new SKS from J&G, sold as rusted with a broken stock. I don't see any broken stock, but the cosmoline is pretty thick, so it'll take some cleaning to more fully examine the wood. I also didn't see any rust, except possibly for some on the bolt handle, which is not a big deal. And I was quite surprised and pleased to see that a cleaning rod was included, since it was specifically noted that I probably wouldn't get one. I didn't see any import marks, though, which surprised me, but still, it's pretty dirty.

I'm going to try to clean off the bulk of the cosmoline today and then I'll get it torn apart and cleaned on the inside and then I'll really see what I've got.

But worth $250? Absolutely YES! I'm extremely pleased for the price I paid. And I'm happy to have another project gun to work on! Sweet!

https://youtu.be/JdSAI7FjHkM
 
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