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SKS's getting more expensive?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by RP88, Feb 8, 2008.

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  1. RP88

    RP88 Member

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    I was starting to wonder if gun shops around me were just overcharging, but now even internet sites are bumping up prices to a decent ways above 200 bucks.

    The ones around me sell for 230-250, and online sights and gunbroker have askings for 230-280.

    Is it just me, or is now a good time to buy them before they hop up too much in price?
     
  2. CWL

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    Well, since I bought mine for $99, I'd have to agree with you.
     
  3. RNB65

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    Supply is declining and demand is still strong. The days of the $70-80 SKS are over.
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  4. rcmodel

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    There are only so many surplus SKS's in the world.
    When those are all gone, they are all gone.

    There are still millions of them in China, but we will probably never see any more of them imported.

    Unless China is somehow allowed to sell them again in the U.S., I would not be too surprised to see them in the $500+ range before long.

    That is, unless the new regime in Washington out-laws them totally after the next election.

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  5. Gingerbreadman

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    When I first became interested in the SKS, they were in the high $80-low $90 range. By the time I turned 18, I was seeing them for about $120. By the time I actually bought mine, I was seeing them in the $150's. I thought I got ripped off then. Now I don't feel so bad. Buy one cheap while you can.
     
  6. aka108

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    Going up like everything else. They won't be getting any less expensive.
     
  7. cornman

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    As the economy goes down the toilet they will become less expensive as will most things aside from food.
     
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    They haven't imported any recently.

    And yeah, food won't go up in price much. Farmers will just get paid less and the processors keep a larger share.
     
  9. RP88

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    I guess it'd be a smart, fun, and sound investment then for only a bit more than a 10/22. Guess I'll pick one up tomorrow for my first gun under MY name :) but yea, I remember seeing them at 180 bucks about 7 months ago. Didnt take too long for them to go up about 50 bucks...
     
  10. biscuitninja

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    Long Live the Mosin Nagat! er.. I'd have to agree, a small little SKS aren't that cheapie anymore. But then again, not much else is.
    -bix
     
  11. RP88

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    nothing in general is. Not even minimum wage is cheap money anymore if you think about it.

    I'm guessing inflation is a royal b--ch to the US dollar right now. At least most other guns are flat at the moment, but who knows how long that'll be around, let alone if they'll be LEGALLY around
     
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    Hmmm...

    I have a Yugoslavian SKS that I don't shoot. Maybe I should sell it now the the price is high.
     
  13. transformerguru

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    The prices, just last year, from J&G went up $30. At the begginning of the year they were $119 and now they are $149.
     
  14. RP88

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    J&G? What is that?

    and also, I wouldnt sell it. Hang onto it. It may one day be worth a good deal, unless you have something you want now that it could help on.
     
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    I was at Cabelas yesterday, and they had a large inventory of Yugo SKS, but they were priced $239. I just started laughing, because I bought mine from them last year for $100 less.
     
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    J&G Sales. They sell firearms and related stuff. They advertise in Shotgun News. I bought some Wolf .30 carbine ammo from them because it was alot cheaper than anywhere else. Check it out, www.jgsales.com.
     
  17. Ratzinger_p38

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    Are all the foreign sources tapped out? Were the Yugos coming out of Serbia or another one of the old Yugoslav states?

    You can always hope for relations normalization with Cuba or maybe even North Korea. There is untapped source of them waiting. Maybe some of the Soviet-supplied African states like Angola ? Libya, now that we're on good terms? I've never seen arms importations from African countries other than South Africa and Egypt.
     
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    i bought my paratroper sk (china military model)for $200 4 years ago and i was glad to get it for that price!
     
  19. GW

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    Its been a pretty steady rise $90 or so in the 90's now a Russian if you can find one is close to $500
    Russian SKS' were always most expensive and Chinese were always the cheapest but now they are all expensive. You just don't see crates of SKS in gunstores anymore:(
    Almost every communist country made them.
    There are East German SKS that haven't been imported and supposedly North Korean SKS.
    There's a collectors item I'd love to have...
     
  20. XD-40 Shooter

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    At the most recent gun show here, the Yugo's were running around $250. I bought mine last year for $150, sure glad I did.:D Its a really fun range rifle, general purpose rifle, and built like a tank.
     
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    I have seen an East German SKS. Unsure how it got here.
    Did socialist African countries or Cuba make clones also? All Soviet influence.
     
  22. takhtakaal

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    Not enough folks were around for the last AWB. Things went nuts then, too, and if they spring another one on us look for prices on some things to go up 8 to 10 times their relative value pre-ban. It stands to reason that SKSs will go up in price, and just about anything else capable of sending a round out.
     
  23. ndolson

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    Doubtful...SKS's were/are popular because they are cheap. Once they get into that neighborhood, many people would just assume have an AK-47 (which half the people that buy an SKS try to turn them into anyway). For $500, you can have a damn nice AK. Demand would go down at that price and the market would stabilize.
     
  24. nathan

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    The purpose of the Clinton Ban many years ago was to curb cheap Chicom imports. But look at what happened. Cheap Yugos and Romy kits flood the market longer than the total number of years the Russians and Chicoms stuff were.

    If theres a hunger for cheap guns, no one can stop it. It is a sad story we cant see nice Russian skss and cheap Chicom ammos no more. China is busy on building their economy and are buying all the precious raw materials if they could.
     
  25. Soybomb

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    I wouldn't pay more than about $200 for a SKS. Its a fine rifle but I just don't love it that much. As ndolson said, at some point you'll probably want to consider the ak type rifles unless you're a collector specifically wanting a sks.
     
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