I am thinking about getting an sks for a general purpose/truck gun. What should I look for when buying one, and, are the Russian models worth the price?
Thank you for helping!
Thank you for helping!
No kidding. The local shops around here are asking over $600 for nice SKSs with nice wood and $350 for very worn beaters.In today's market those prices will probably be a little higher. I noticed a nice one on gunbroker. Excellent Norinco Chinese SKS 7.62 x 39 mm Rifle : Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com
I live in Louisiana, and it don't get more humid than that. I clean mine after every outing, so the lack of chrome lining is not an issue. That same lack of chrome however probably accounts for why my Yugo is a bit more accurate than my friends Russian and Chinese guns. Not a lot, but some. Not because I'm the better shot. The younger friend, who owns the Chinese, is the best shot of the 3 of us, and he confirmed mine shot the best.Thank you Doug. One of the reasons I hesitate on the Yugo is because it does not have a chrome lined barrel, and since where I live it is very humid, that might not be very good.
This is your answer as Joe elaborated.I have a Chinese Norinco that's been a great gun. The russian ones are basically the same except the wood stock is harder than the one on the chinese ones. I personally don't think the russian ones are worth the extra price. Usually the chinese ones you find for sale are in better condition too. As far the Yugo ones I agree that the lack of a chrome lined barrel is not good. Plus they are heavier and have a gas port valve that can wear out and cause the gun to not function properly.
First thing to look for on a Norinco SKS is the factory triangle and the 3 Chinese characters near the import mark on the receiver. If it does not have the factory triangle and 3 Chinese characters it means it's not an actual military issue SKS which means the overall quality is not as good. Chinese products in walmart are junk, but when it comes to the guns they specifically made for their soldiers the quality is very good.
Then look to see if everything has matching serial numbers on the stock, receiver, receiver cover, bolt, magazine, gas tube, piston and trigger housing.
Another thing to look for is if the trigger guard is milled or stamped. The older ones are milled and are worth a little more.
You'll also want to look for any signs of rust from people shooting corrosive ammo. Pull the bolt back and look around for any signs of rust and then shine a flashlight up the barrel and look down from the muzzle end. Then take the gas tube off and look inside that and inspect the piston.
If it turns out that everything looks okay except it does not have the 3 Chinese characters and has a stamped trigger guard it's worth about $200 to $250
If everything looks good and it has the 3 Chinese characters and all matching serial numbers it's worth $300 to $350
In today's market those prices will probably be a little higher. I noticed a nice one on gunbroker. Excellent Norinco Chinese SKS 7.62 x 39 mm Rifle : Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com
Do a search for norinco sks on gunbrokerI appreciate everyone's opinion. I am leaning toward the Chinese sks now, Does anybody have any recommendations for where to look for one?