I just completely stripped and cleaned an older chinese SKS I purchased for a very good price. It was modified to Canadian standards (5 round mag and no bayonet). That's ok with me. Mags are cheap and I don't need a bayonet. I'm seriiously considering sporterizing this rifle. I'm just finishing my mosin project and am thinking the sks will make a reasonable deer rifle for my 12 year old grandson. I know that both TAPCO and ATI make stocks for the sks. I'm really impressed with the Timbersmith stocks. I'd like to hear from anyone who has gone down this particular sks road. Also, the gas rod is showing a lot of wear although the bore is excellent. What do you think about replacing the gas rod?