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Are the days of finding a nice SKS for $350 over?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by KYamateur, Sep 27, 2013.

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  1. KYamateur

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    I've been shopping for an SKS rifle. All I can find for $350 are beat up pieces. I watch gunbroker but nice ones are listed for $500+ even though they don't sell. That kind of defeats the purpose. Seems like these things were everywhere until I finally got around to shopping for one. I have a VZ58 and a CZ 527 bolt action and thought the SKS would be a nice pick up to shoot the same ammo. At those prices it seems like I may as well spend $700 and get an AK.
     
  2. juk

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    Only a few years ago you could pick up a pretty nice one for under 200. I wouldn't pay over 300 for one unless it was a genuine Russian. Like you said, once they hit a certain price point, it makes no sense to NOT spend a little more and get an AK.
     
  3. wally

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    Depends on if 1.5-2X more is "only a little". An SKS will generally shoot about half the group size off sandbags as an AK will.

    I don't shoot my SKS collection much, I have good ones and beaters, but the one that seems to shoot the best had a firewood quality stock (since replaced) and no matching numbers.
     
  4. KYamateur

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    I would give maybe $400 for a very nice SKS. However anymore and I will just wait a little while and shell out the extra on an AK. I like the SKS rifles with the original 10 round flip down mags.
     
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    Check the pawn shops. Remember, SKSs are only 'new-ish' to begin with.
     
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    I remember buying SKS's for $85 at the local hardware store...along about 1990 or so.

    That's some pretty nice appreciation...I still have 3 of them.
     
  7. ColtPythonElite

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    I sold a like new SKS a while back for $275 and, thought I made out like a bandit.
     
  8. jmr40

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    The last, only one, I bought was under $200, and that was with 1,000 rounds of ammo. The rifle was $69, ammo $125. That was years ago and I was still glad to get rid of it. I never really liked the rifle, but at that price couldn't go wrong. If I'd kept it I could make a much better profit now than I did by selling it when I did.
     
  9. jagdpanzer347

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    It's like Nagant's. I remember buying a sweet M44 for 69.00 several year's ago.Glad I bought my SKS's before the market got stupid.
     
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    Sign of the Times.

    I have been getting $375 to $450 for Norincos. I you can find a nice one for $350 you better buy it. Most distributors are getting $325 wholesale.
     
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    What's up with the higher prices? Is the price increase due to all demand on the consumers part or are importers just not bringing in as many as they used to?

    I bought a yugo 59/66 in February 08 for $245 and thought it was a decent deal.
     
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    Yes and Yes.

    On a side note, all these "I remember When" posts are pointless. I remember gas at $.80 and soda at a quarter, but I don't keep dipping in the barrel of memories about it.

    The SKS is a battle-proven semi auto that shoots a respectable round. If a 10/22 is fetching $300, why shouldn't an SKS?

    To the OP: yes, you can find them for under $350, but it's tough and those days may be gone. I passed up a Tula refurb last month that had a $395 price tag on it and I'm still kicking myself. As one poster said, keep an eye on pawn shops.
     
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    Are the days of finding a nice SKS for $350 over?

    Unless import laws get a major overhaul, yes. You may find somebody willing to part with one for less, but the average market price for one in good condition is going to stay over $350 for a very long time.
     
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    I got a Norinco couple months ago off gunbroker for $350 so they are still around.
     
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    The price overall is coming down but is going to stabilize around $300-350 for Norincos and $400+ for Russians(my wag!). I sold a Norinco with less than perfect finish for $475 a few months back and he told me he would have gladly paid the $525 that others were asking.
     
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    Its hard to imagine them going for so much, in my area they are still around 275 to 325.
     
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    I think I paid 100 bucks for my like new Albanian and Russian a few years ago. chris3
     
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    No. but you have to look around. They pop up from time to time on face books Nebraska gun exchange for 3 bills
     
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    Dang this was a 60 dollar gun 20yrs ago.
     
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    ever once in a while you luck out, a friend of mine bought a tricked out one with Archangel typle stock, laser, red light, rails, a so so UTG scope and ammo for $500, not my cup of tea, but a helluva deal if you are looking for one.
     
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    I remember when Romanian SKSs flooded the market and you could get them with the attached grenade launcher in near unissued condition for $100.
     
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    I recently got a Tula '51 and a few dozen rounds for 450$ plus tax. Other than needing new varnish the stock's great (just needs some lotion) and the mis-match parts are in as-new condition and everything fits great and is clean. I'd pay 30$ just to not have to bathe the rifle (and myself) in solvent to get it working like those "deal" rifles ;)

    Is it more than an SKS is "worth?" Probably. But not by much, it's a solid gun, I don't see it getting much if any cheaper in the future, and now no one can say I don't own an SKS :rolleyes:. And, I haven't seen a real-deal Russian model recently --just a really crummy reweld for 300$ and heavily cosmo'd Yugos which just don't do it for me-- so it's perhaps slightly uncommon around here.

    It'll play well with my VZ58 :D

    TCB
     
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    and minimum wage was under four bucks. It's all relative.
     
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