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Guns for $444 or less (+ price of SKS)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by monotonous_iterancy, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    So I'm in the market for a new firearm and I'd like recommendations. My budget is about $444. Thanks to the information I learned about my SKS (and I really appreciate you guys telling me that, thank you), I'm going to sell that and add the money to my budget. I'd like to know what a fair asking price would be on it. I'll post pictures in the next post.

    I start looking at prices tomorrow, on my wish list is:

    A Mauser in 7 or 8mm, I don't remember which, but I remember seeing it in the store and being a decent price, in the 3 or $400 range.

    A .357 magnum lever action.

    A revolver in .357, preferably a medium or large frame. I saw a 972 Rossi for $409, but that seems a tad overpriced, and I'm sure I could afford better.

    I also saw a Saiga 12 gauge that looked pretty cool.

    I'll also take any other gun suggestions of any type you can give me. My main criteria is that it will hold or increase it's value over the years. Thanks!
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012
  2. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    Just my 1/50th of a dollar, but you will be hard pressed to find something that has a track record of increasing in value like a sks in your price range.
  3. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    My SKS, it's in decent shape I suppose. It has an aftermarket mag. Would I get more money by converting it to the standard mag? Is there a way I can polish the wear and tear and make it look more presentable?




  4. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    I'm not looking for an SKS, I'm looking for something better, like something I listed, that's what I'm interested in. The SKS is a dime a dozen. I'd just like to know how much you think I could sell it for, so I can add that to my price range.
  5. steveo452

    steveo452 Well-Known Member

    I believe you can get from 3 to 4 hundred dollars if you post it for sale in the right places, where I would start, would be at survivers SKS boards. I do know that your SKS will bring more because it has a milled trigger guard and a screw in half collet barrel. ( not pinned ) I have one just like yours but in better shape, they are the older chinese norinco's. But I wouldnt sell mine for four hundred.

    PS I would put the 10rd. stock mag. back on It If you still have It. Also check If all the numbers match That will bring more $$$.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012
  6. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    Seriously? :eek: At one point I was going to give it to a relative for $80! I thought it was junk because the aftermarket mag doesn't feed right, and it's the only one I have.

    Are you sure though? Even in the condition it's in? It has some rust as you can see, and some scratching on the stock. It's not mint by any means.
  7. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    Yup Chinese sks=good, Russian sks=awesome. Those are the most desirable of the common ones. If you are still feeling $80 though I, among most members here, would be happy to pay you that.
  8. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

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  9. Davek1977

    Davek1977 Well-Known Member

    Actually, you may THINK SKS's are a dime a dozen, but mine has at least tripled in value since I bought it in the early 90's....for $100 bucks, new in the cosmoline. You aren't going to find many...if any guns...that increase in value so quickly, and most "using-grade" guns do well to hold their value, and few actually increase in value. You might be able to buy a lever action .357 for example, but after shoooting it a bit, you'd be lucky to get your money back out of it, let alone make anything on it, IMO. I'd hang on to the SKS, as its not going to depreciate, and will be worth more as a trade....if you're set on doing so....in a few years. They have done nothing but go up in price since the 90's
  10. Kyle88

    Kyle88 Active Member

    I regret trading my paratrooper sks... big time...
  11. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    Interesting. If that's true, then maybe I'll hang on to mine. I got it about 3 years ago, paid $375. All these years I thought I got burned. I guess it just needs to be reverted to a standard mag? Is there a way I can make it look nicer without hurting the value?

    I'm leaning towards the Mauser. It's not like those are going to be around forever. I read an article a few years ago about how there's getting to be fewer and fewer of them. Do they hold value? I'd like a gun that will last my whole life, and then some.
  12. Kyle88

    Kyle88 Active Member

    You did get burned then IMO... Now though, it is still high, but not unreasonable at 375. That is about all I could get out of my Paratrooper and those are pretty rare... Just keep it lightly oiled when not in use so you don't get any rust developing. I would recommend just leaving it as it is cosmetically, but put it back to original configuration and clean it.

    Why a mauser?
  13. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    It already has some rust.

    Because they're reliable, they have some history behind them, and I thought they were getting rarer.

    What would you recommend?
  14. Kyle88

    Kyle88 Active Member

    take some rem oil, put it on the rusty spots and then take some 0000 steel wool and rub the rust out, it wont take much to get it out. Once it is gone, just keep it lightly oiled.

    I hear yuh on the mauser, they are pretty cool and have had one heck of a history. My opinion though, if you are wanting a something you feel like you can regularly shoot, find something a little bit newer. A remington 700 will fit your bill of holding its value with time, plus it is like a lego set, aftermarket parts and replacement parts are overly abundant. It is just a LITTLE bit higher than your current budget, but it would be worth it.

    If you are wanting a "keep sake" of sorts, then a mauser would be great. The only thing you will want to consider is the ammo situation with those. Mosin Nagant m44s are going up in value as we speak. They are in the 250 range now, but they have gone up probably 30% in the last year or so...
  15. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    You mean a Mosin carbine? I already have a full size mosin. There's a store by me that has an M44.

    Does anyone think that I should sell my trash hi-cap magazine for whatever it's worth, $5 maybe, and buy a proper SKS mag?
  16. Kyle88

    Kyle88 Active Member

    Correct. If it looks like it is good shape and the price is right, it wouldn't be a bad pick. Plus ammo for it is crazy cheap.
  17. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    Yes most of the high cap sks mags were trash to begin with. The standard fixed 10 round is dead reliable, and it just looks right.
  18. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    Is $5 a fair price for it then?

    For some reason, I'm still leaning towards the Mauser though. It's quite the quandary. Unless there's another gun anyone would like to recommend.
  19. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    If I were you I would take it to the next gun show. Find someone with a table full of parts and see if you cant trade straight across for a fixed mag.
  20. monotonous_iterancy

    monotonous_iterancy Well-Known Member

    Today I went to the store and found two Yugoslavian M48 8mm Mausers. Priced at $250, and $275. Both seemed to be in very good condition.

    I also found an M44 Mosin for $250, that the owner told me was unissued. It looked like it still had cosmoline on it. I already have a regular Mosin though.

    I also looked at ammo. the 8mm was a little pricey, the 7.62x54r was either about $5 for a brick of surplus ammo, or $11 for a box of soft point hunting ammo.

    I didn't find any SKS magazines.

    Which is the better deal?

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