So the best SKS for me would be original but without the bells and whistles. Which variety would cover that?
In a C&R approved version it would be the Yugo 59 mainly because of the quality of the guns available compared to the used, milsurp Chinese rifles. They still have the attached blade type bayonet, but not the grenade launcher, grenade launcher sight, and gas shut off.
Don't know if they are still available though. the SOG flyer is a week or so old. Same with the Albanian. It has a different designed stock with a longer hand guard, a different designed magazine, and an AK style cocking handle as opposed to the round knob of other SKS models.