Value of SKS?


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redneck2
March 18, 2008, 05:18 PM
I have a Russian SKS that a friend wants to buy. It's had maybe 100-200 rounds total. In nearly perfect shape. The only ones I see around there anymore are Yugos that are beat.

Any idea of the value??

TIA

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MaterDei
March 18, 2008, 05:20 PM
Around here Russian SKS' are going for $250 - $350 retail. For a friend? $50. :)

redneck2
March 18, 2008, 06:11 PM
He's not that good of a friend.

BTW.....I'm throwing in 350 rounds of ammo.

Moonclip
March 18, 2008, 07:13 PM
Year of production? Arsenal? Refurb or original?

redneck2
March 18, 2008, 08:03 PM
Year of production? Arsenal? Refurb or original?

heck, I don't know...

I bought it at a pawn shop many years ago. It appeared unfired and was a great price at the time, so I got it. Blew off about 150 of the 500 round case I got for it.

It's been in the safe since. I've grown weary of storing chunks of wood and metal that I'm not gonna shoot. This is one. Having stuff just for the sake of having stuff doesn't make sense to me any more.

I don't know that it makes a lot of difference, but it's also got two 30 round mags. I'd suspect from the condition that it's unissued.

Anteater1717
March 18, 2008, 08:17 PM
$300-450 need more info
You can tell what all the markings mean by going here (http://yooperj.com/).

redneck2
March 18, 2008, 08:34 PM
OK, that makes more sense.

It is a re-build. Has the little square thingy stamped on top of the receiver. Build is 1950. Appears to be Tula. Has YB 2218 etched on the gas tube on the fore end. Blade type bayonet.

MaterDei
March 19, 2008, 08:40 AM
With the ammo and the mags you're getting closer to the $450 number than the $300 number. I wish you were my friend. :)

dewage83
March 19, 2008, 09:53 AM
heck ya,(i wish he were my friend) i think i would pick it up although i dont prefer the 30rd'rs they give CT the chills just thinkin about them. had the same trouble in buying an ak. couldnt buy it in 7.62 so i SETTLED for building an AR. lol i was gonna wait i swear.

redneck2
March 20, 2008, 06:57 AM
If he doesn't want it, I may post it here on the FS forum. I guess it's valuable enough to send to someone and make the shipping cost worth while.

Vaarok
March 20, 2008, 09:48 AM
With the ammo, I'd say $400. Average nice Russian SKS is $300-350, and then ammo value... you're right at four bills.

BamaHoosier
March 20, 2008, 10:58 AM
I'm like redneck2,except my SKS is Chinese.I paid $58 for it BNIB back in the 80's,when I worked in the gun store.According to the 27th Edition of Blue Book of Gun Values,now it's worth$325.Never been fired by me yet.That can be said of a few pieces in my arsenal:D!But,everyone is maintained regularly and capable of instant action!

CZguy
March 20, 2008, 02:55 PM
I'm like redneck2,except my SKS is Chinese.I paid $58 for it BNIB back in the 80's,when I worked in the gun store.

Wow, I guess I overpaid. I bought mine for $79.00, same era. :uhoh:

harbingerm
March 20, 2008, 03:45 PM
heck ya,(i wish he were my friend) i think i would pick it up although i dont prefer the 30rd'rs they give CT the chills just thinkin about them

Why would CT care? We don't have a magazine capacity limiting law here. I've ordered and bought plenty of "normal capacity" AK-74 mags without a problem.

RP88
March 20, 2008, 03:48 PM
I wish SKSs were still cheap like they used to be. Someone needs to see if we can get stuff imported ever again

harbingerm
March 20, 2008, 03:52 PM
Yeah, I bought mine in the early 90's in Maryland of all places. Think I paid around $80-90 for it. Those were the days!

BigGunsMoreFun
March 20, 2008, 06:50 PM
Those are nice rifles that are not to easy to come by. For your friend I'd say $400 is more than fair.

If you sell it here, someone has to pay transfer fees and shipping, handling and insurance. That would add between $50 and $75 to the price of the gun for someone that does not have a C&R or FFL. I'd say that's a little steep but still a reasonable deal. Less than $500 for an almost new Russian SKS with 400 rounds of ammo.

I'd buy it but I'd do the same thing you do with it. Let it sit in the safe. I have two Yugo SKSs that I prefer over all the rest. My dad has one of every SKS made and I think the Yugo by far is the superior gun even though it is a little on the heavy side.

Good luck. I'm sure whoever winds up with it will not regret it for between $400 and $500.

Molon Labe,
Joe
:)

CZguy
March 20, 2008, 07:33 PM
I think the Yugo by far is the superior gun even though it is a little on the heavy side.


I'm not that knowledgeable on SKSs, why do you feel that way?

I thought Russian ones were to be the best.

redneck2
March 22, 2008, 12:19 PM
thanks for the replies. IIRC, I paid $129 for mine. Got it late in the game when they were starting to go up. Still, if I sell it for $400 I guess I'm doing OK.

And, I'm going to load him up 100 rounds of .223 for his Rem 700. 50 Nosler BT's in new Remington cases with Federal primers. That should sweeten the deal.

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