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What to do with a Russian SKS 7.62

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 9mm+, Sep 24, 2009.

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  1. 9mm+

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    I wandered into my local shop today and ended up buying a good quality Russian SKS 7.62 (with matching serial numbers on stock and receiver) circa 1950. This was a total impulse buy -- I have no idea why I bought it, other than I thought it looked like a bargain. I think I may have been weary from my recent road trip and wasn't thinking straight...I seldom buy on impulse like this... :)

    There are no gouges in the stock and the metal is is good shape. I have never bought a Russian firearm before, but I think I got a good deal on this one (asking price was $600).

    Now what to do with it? I can't fire it in my local indoor range, so I'll need to fire it at the county outdoor one instead. It would make a good hunting rifle for medium game (with HP's), but I don't do much hunting anymore. Since the barrel and trigger are not match-quality, there's not much chance of it winning any local competitions (but, hey, I can always bayonet the winners and steal their trophies instead... :D ).

    Anywho, I have a new toy to play with and I will post photos later of it. Any pros out there with the Russian SKS, please feel free to send me some "pointers" (bayonet notwithstanding).
     
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  2. HoosierQ

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    Well Russian SKSs are highly sought and well thought off. I want one real bad...any one of the nicer SKSs.

    Russian firearms are great. I wouldn't want a Russian XRAY machine but they make really good, if not pretty, firearms.

    I think you have a very good, handy, reliable, accurate, powerful, rifle that will serve you well in many situations.

    Can't say what kind of price you got. They asked $600 you say. That seems high but I don't know what Russians are going for.
     
  3. gun addict

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    i'm gonna concur, $600 is way too much for a Russian SKS. What year is it? Is it a refurb? (polished or blued bolt carrier)

    If nothing else, enjoy the carbine as it is, you can go deer hunting with it as a 7.62x39 is on par with the .30-30. I would also HIGHLY recommend you against any modification on the gun, don't put any plastic stock, laser, scope, 30 round mags on your 1945 designed SKS, ppllleeeeassessssseee


    :)
     
  4. 9mm+

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    Thanks, guys! It's a 1950 SKS and everything looks orginal. The bolt is blue and not polished. And, although this rifle has an ugly recoil pad on it (which I will remove), I will not add any accessories to this Russian beauty. It will shoot "as is"... :)
     
  5. gun addict

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    1950s dated Russian SKS are fairly rare, enjoy!
     
  6. ctdair

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    Blued bolt equals arsenal rebuild. I own one no problems would buy another given the chance. Polished bolt equals original not refinished collectors will pay more. Of course there are exceptions to every rule but blued bolt is a dead give
    away.
     
  7. Old Jimmy

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    I own 2 chinese and 2 russian and I love em. It gives you something else to shoot in the same caliber as a AK and you only have to carry 1 type ammo to the shooting line...
     
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  8. eatont9999

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    I don't know if you got a "deal." I saw a nice looking tiger striped ruskie at my usual haunt for something like $350.00. Being me and the volume I buy and history I have there, I probably could have brought it home for $320. I wasn't looking for an SKS that day, though, but I did notice it was a good deal. I wound up taking home a VZ-52 rifle for like $500 with a bunch of ammo. This was maybe a month or less ago.
     
  9. 9mm+

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    Thanks again, everyone...much appreciated! One question on restoration, though -- should I have the stock and metal refinished by a professional? Not that I expect this SKS to be a major collectible, mind you, but I do think it would benefit from some professional TLC. If some restoration work would destroy any value in the SKS, though, I would certainly forego it.

    All of my firearms are modern (except for the SKS), so I am in some new territory with a 1950's Russian rifle.

    Thoughts on this? Thanks in advance!
     
  10. zoom6zoom

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    I'd recommend a thorough cleaning, but otherwise hold off on any refinishing.
     
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    its all about what you want to do with it, but in general, refinishing a collectible decreases value. if youre looking to change up the look, you might try some of the aftermarket stocks.

    and go have fun plinking with it.

    get some pics up!
     
  12. gun addict

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    short answer is : No
    long answer is..........don't do it?

    Look at C&R firearms as antique cars, refinishing them would decrease its historical and collector's value
     
  13. 9mm+

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    Ok, guys, thanks...I will post some photos over the weekend (or by Monday at the latest). I will give it a thorough cleaning but will skip any refinishing. Thanks!
     
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    I've got a '51 Russian SKS. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but I do remember I dug up the cash by going thru each pocket of every pair of pants I had. I'm amazed how much they go for these days.
     
  15. AZAviator

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    Yeah and Im amazed people still pay those prices for them. I dont want to be a downer but you payed too much for that gun. Some of these gun stores charge criminal amounts to guns they buy for pennies. I think $400 is alot for an AK47 considering some factory in China or Romania is pumping them out by the container. For $600 Im buying an original German Mauser or spending a few hundred more for a M1 Garand.

    Not that it matters anymore but "Excellent Condition SKS" sold by Impact for $350 w/free shipping FYI
     
  16. krs

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    I've seen them SOLD in GB for as much as $1200. and that means that there is no short answer to the question of a fair or reasonable price. Like most everything - if you want, you pay the frieght. Goes for speedboats, goes for cars, and goes for guns.

    No reason to spout lofty recriminations to anyone who may have paid more than you think is right for any gun. The point really is that he's got the gun and you've got your mouth, right?
     
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    $600 is way too much. At least it feels that way. But I'll be damned if they don't want that much for them these days. Saw a yugo one for 500 and a "romanian" one for 375 at the last show.

    I paid $275 for my 1953 Tula arsenal SKS almost 3 years ago. It was at a large show. Yugo models were going for $115. Got 1000 rounds of wolf for $160 that day too. Crazy how a couple years make a difference.

    I went with a friend a few months ago, and he paid 500 for a Russian. I thought it was steep, but compared to everything else in the show, it was the best "deal".

    A few years down the road, you probably won't miss the extra cash. And you will have a beautiful rifle to show for it. Please don't change anything on it.

    When you say the bolt is blued, do you mean a flat black?
     
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    Well I agree its all relative but that doesnt make it right. And Im not 'spouting' anything, just saying he over payed for today prices. Also GB is a horrible comparison, your gun prices are screwed.

    I agree btw, dont change the gun. They are awesome as is - BTW Does your SKS have the grenade launcher sights?
     
  19. Crawfish141

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    I like mine.
     
  20. krs

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    Like mine too, but happy to sell for $600.:)

    Got it. Not 'spouting - just 'saying'......:rolleyes:
    Those aren't "my" prices - lots of folks buy guns in gunbroker.
     

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    $600 :what: I've got a 88 Suzuki ATV, no engine, but I'll let it go for $15,000.
     
  22. maskedman504

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    People will tell you that you payed too much; maybe you did. They will tell you how they bought truckloads of Russian SKS rifles in 1987 for $65. The facts are Russian SKS rifles are getting more rare and the value of them is ever increasing. It is a reliable, cheap to feed and easy to maintain semi-automatic carbine in a common caliber. Good buy!

    And I like mine. Yugo and a Ruskie.

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    Hmmmm.................. $400 is a good price for a Russian SKS. I paid $100 a piece for them in 1990.
     
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    sks's are going up in price no doubt. 400 isn't bad for a russian at all. 1990 was 20 years ago. and as far as holding value a russian sks is solid investment. Enjoy it.
     
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    If you consider a good investment is one that doubles every 7 years (this is the aim of the financial advisor that manages my retirement fund), then a Russian SKS purchased for $100 in 1990 should be worth $800 by the year 2011. Not quite a good 'investment' - but better than alot. :p
     
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