View Full Version : Price of SKS thse days?

June 23, 2012, 04:32 PM
I've looked at "sport" AR's and Mini's and I think I've settled on an SKS as entry point into rifles, with some all-around capabilities that I desire. Local pawn shop (central FL) has em for $350. I know guns, especially rifle or mil calibers are flying off the shelves, but is this a fair price? What have y'all seen in your area?

$350 is about he same price as a new lever Marlin 336 around here, and I figure the SKS can do all the 336 can as far as hunting (the 7.62 gox39 having the same ballistics plus longer range than 30-30) plus take care of "other" needs, should he need arise.


June 23, 2012, 04:59 PM
That is about the going rate for an SKS these days..gone are the days of 100dollar SKS's, unfortunately. And your dead right about the rifles capabilities.

June 23, 2012, 07:03 PM
You'll cry but years ago I could buy an SKS for $89 and a box of hunting ammo for $2. The good ol' days.

June 23, 2012, 07:16 PM
I paid a little more for my Cosmoline covered Yugo (M59/66 A1).

If it is in good condition, it is likely worth it. Can't really comparison shop on surplus rifles, especially ones that are beginning to dry up.

June 23, 2012, 07:17 PM
I don't agree with your statement about the 7.63x39 being ballistically better than the 30-30. The 30-30 uses much heavier bullets at apx. the same velocity.
That being said I do like the SKS as a very reliable weapon and feel comfortably well armed with one, although it's a bare minimum for hunting in my book. In good condition $350 is probably a fair price today.

June 23, 2012, 09:33 PM
$350 retail seems fair for one that's in quite good condition. I'd consider that too high for one with a dinged up stock, dark bore, or (in the case of the Yugo 59/66) a corroded gas valve.

It's a good utility rifle... maybe not an ideal one, but even at $350 you'll be hard pressed to find something more reliable or more useful.

As said, though, the days of cheap ones are over; the Chinese ones went for $80ish back in the day, and it wasn't that long ago when you could get a new condition one in cosmo for $140 (that's how I got mine).

June 23, 2012, 09:54 PM
I paid 79 for my first one in 91... :( ammo was 2 bucks a box.

I got lucky a few years back my BIL gave me one. I'll not be selling this one. In fact I bought a TAPCO stock and put on it, and now I bought a take-off wood stock to replace the beat, cut, and hacked stock it come with.

Glockstar .40
June 24, 2012, 06:15 PM
what country is it from? for a norinco or a russian thats a good deal. for a yugo you could probably find cheaper.

June 25, 2012, 10:56 AM
these days it's about right. ten years ago you could pick them up for 100 bucks and ammo was as cheap as 22 long rifle. now 7.62x39 is more than 223 so the real time to grab an SKS has kind of come and gone but I guess it's better to get them while they're still lukewarm instead of waiting until ammo is over 500 bucks per thousand and the guns cost as much as a springfield.

June 25, 2012, 11:19 AM

I feel pretty good about the Yugo M59/66 that I scooped up at the LaVista, Nebraska Cabela's last fall then! $199, 9 Bucks worth of paint thinner to get the Cosmoline off, $40 for a Murray's Gunsmithing SKS firing pin, and a paperclip to fix the gas valve leak .....

They had them on sale for a week and sold all they had, IIRC.

June 25, 2012, 11:25 AM
That's probably about right these days. I picked up my Russian SKS for $99 back in the 90's and my 59/66 for $99 a few years back. I miss those days.

June 25, 2012, 11:36 AM
The Marlin would be more accurate, and the 30-30 has the option of a heavier bullet. Also sporting ammo for the 30-30 from a good quality manufacturer is much easier to find. If an entry level rifle with hunting as one of the requirements is what you are looking for the Marlin is by far a better choice. Also in some states the game laws don't allow the 10 round magazine of the SKS. Aftermarket 5 round detachable magazines are available, but quite often don't work well. Also, unless you change all the other parts required for 922r compliance it is illegal to change to a detachable mag. With the cost of the modifications required you are getting up to a good entry level bolt action riflw with many more caliber options.
If the primary purpose for the rifle is a range blaster with hunting as just an option the SKS makes an OK alternative, but just OK, not the best.

June 26, 2012, 01:16 AM
What do you guys think an SKS will be going for in 10 years?


June 26, 2012, 09:44 AM
What do you guys think an SKS will be going for in 10 years?

It's hard to say.

I'd expect they will remain about half of what a budget AR would run or 60-70% of a Mini series rifle. Reason being, they're never going to being more than what a new in box rifle with actual factory support will bring. They also will tend to stay lower than the AK pattern rifles as well; if AKs stay in the $600ish range, it's going to be something of a cap on what the SKS might pull in.

Then you have the fact that overseas supplies have pretty well dried up. With the ban on Chinese imports we just aren't seeing new condition SKSes showing up. So the existing supplies of the SKS are all essentially "used" and only getting more so as their owners shoot them. It may well be built like a brick outhouse, but even the most resilient design has a given service life.

And we have not even begun thinking about exactly what kind of SKS we're talking about. The collectors are only going to be interested in ones that haven't been bubba'd up to being a poor man's AK. That supply is shrinking, so those will likely retain their value better than the ones that have had the Tapco and ATI catalogs visited upon them. The tactical'd ones will vary wildly in price... few people will be that eager to drop much on them because there's no telling if it will actually function properly.

So, with all that said, here's my guess: the ones in good collector condition (good bores, good physical condition, hasn't been modded) will likely increase in price along with anything else. I'd even expect them to get to $500-600 if the price of everything else goes up. The ones that have been modded out will probably remain well under those, with the value depending on the gullibility of the buyer and the quality of the conversion, but likely $300-400 (again, if the price of everything else continues to rise).

So if you're looking for one, I'd probably hit up some gun shows while they can still be found at fairly reasonable prices.

June 26, 2012, 09:54 AM
What do you guys think an SKS will be going for in 10 years?


Probably double from now, if I had to make a guess. A lot of people are modifying them, and I really don't see too many more being imported.

Personally, I really don't care about that. Guns are not investments to me. If I don't want it anymore, I sell. However, it isn't that common with me. Living in New Jersey, transferring guns blows... especially handguns. The only guns I sold we're because I replaced them with something more suited to its role (Mosin Nagant M44 and mid-war Walther P38). I rarely have impulse buys, and usually really know what I'm looking for.

June 26, 2012, 11:07 AM
What do you guys think an SKS will be going for in 10 years?

a fairly close analogy might be the enfield number 4 rifles. their prices have stayed pretty constant over the years with the enfields being just a few more dollars but in the last year and a half enfields have jumped from 300 in good shape to 450 in many cases in good shape. as soon as the importers start having to work to bring these guns they start running the prices up regularly because they know the supply is running low. the same has happened to the AK but in much more rapid file. 3 years ago you could get a bottom barrel AK for 350 dollars. now it's next to impossible to find one for under $600. the SKS was not manufactured by as many countries in nearly the same numbers as the AK47 and it's clones/variants. odds are that the more SKS get bought up and bubba'd the faster prices are going to go up and the military correct guns will be more highly sought after by collectors. right now all the rage seems to be enfields and springfields with many of the mausers, mannlichers, Garands, and harpers ferries already gone and off the market. what military surplus guns are going to be netting $800 when people can't get those enfields or springfields anymore? just food for thought.

June 26, 2012, 01:21 PM
Saw a Chinese Norinco for private sale locally at $275.

LGS has a gorgeous Russian for $499 and a Norinco Paratrooper for $369.

June 28, 2012, 11:47 AM
What do you guys think an SKS will be going for in 10 years?

Whatever you can barter for it.

The U.S. Dollar in it's current form will good for wallpaper...... not much else.

Nico Testosteros
June 28, 2012, 12:00 PM
Jimbob, you need to have more faith in your country.

June 28, 2012, 06:04 PM
$350 is about right.

I bought a Russian SKS 1954 Tula for $89.00 several years ago. Awesome gun and yes, I'm gloating. :)

June 28, 2012, 06:25 PM
I paid $500 for one last month but it was in phenomenal condition. It was a Russian one too.

June 28, 2012, 06:38 PM
I just sold my 1956, last year production Russian. It was complete, all numbers matching and in excellent condition. I listed it for $375. It took two weeks to sell, and for $350.

Maybe it a regional thing, but those of you paying much more than $250 for a non Russian are paying too much.


June 28, 2012, 06:46 PM
The last sks i bought was an Albanian for $69,and $79 for 1440 rounds.

June 28, 2012, 07:29 PM
I have a couple SKSs I'm selling here in Fl:
1) Norinco SKS $300
2) Soviet SKS $450

I PM'd you...

June 28, 2012, 07:41 PM
Jimbob, you need to have more faith in your country.

Sorry, after the Supremes said I MUST buy a particular product if I am breathing, I have little faith in the country as it is. This is not the Country I grew up in.

Get an SKS now, for the simple fact that is a cheap reliable platform for th e7.62x39 cartridge. More importantly, get AMMO.

They'll print more Dollars, count on it. The supply of ammunition from far away lands may dry up at any time. Happiness is havin enough, so get plenty.

June 29, 2012, 07:03 PM
I paid $99 for my Norinco in the early '90s. I don't consider the SKS or the 7.62 x 39 mm round worthy of a premium price tag. There are other things I'd look into by that price point if I didn't already have mine. Certainly not a hunting rifle in my book.

June 29, 2012, 07:13 PM
i got my norinco's for 89 and 99 bucks. i think i bought ammo from between $99 and $149 per thousand if i remember right. damn good guns.

June 29, 2012, 08:51 PM
I remember around 94 you could get them all day for $75.00

Ignition Override
June 29, 2012, 11:37 PM
It might depend a good bit on ammo prices, and whether Russian or Serbian ammo is still imported.
The only reason I bought a used Mini 14, 30 and SKS in '08 was because of ammo prices.

Nico Testosteros: As for the once-mighty US dollar, about a year ago when Germany's Angela Merkel criticized the Obama Admin. for not doing anything to reduce our gargantuan federal deficit, that really said something.
Germany went through the nightmare of their hyper-inflation of the 1920s (Versailles reparations), then the compounded crisis in the Depression.

June 29, 2012, 11:40 PM
I got my good condition Yugo for $300 out the door. A big pawn shop opened up nearby and I've seen beaters for $250 and bubbas in good condition on a local gun forum for $225 ftf.

July 1, 2012, 01:36 AM

As far as future value, I think it depends if the Russian vaults are opened. Some say with Russia probably joining the WTO we will see a flood like never before. I seriously doubt it though. Small arms are excluded from tariff calculations under national security exclusions. If the Russian Armory was opened to importers though...

Ignition Override
July 3, 2012, 12:08 AM
johnwilliamson 062:
If only the Russian govt. and managers at Tula decided to export another 20% of all calibers to the US. Despite the extra supply, it would seem that their net profits would go up a bit, and not just in the short term.

Russia must still have less petroleum revenue or profits, compared to their situation before the recession?

July 9, 2012, 11:32 PM
it depends on condition and remember whats fair today can always be a steal tomorrow (you can also reverse that). I bought a super nice yugo last year for $315 and I already had 3 sks's. These rifles continue to go up in value and that is because they are good guns. If thing keep going I would not be suprised to see the SKS as a $500 gun in 12-18 months. I know people will disagree with that but i watched a ruff looking russian go for $675 at the Tulsa Gun Show. I found some of the worst looking sks's I have ever seen go for $350. Nice one Chicom & Yugo's we between $350 and $425 some done up and others bone stock. Right now we are in a crap shoot and the stakes just keep going up. Hope this helps

July 11, 2012, 12:11 AM
Over the past 10 months, I have bought several SKS's. One Russian, a few Yugos, several Chinese. I have paid as little as $215 and as high as $300 (and that was for a Russian in beautiful condition). Most of these were gun show purchases, but not all.

July 12, 2012, 07:26 PM
Around $300 is an average price for a Chinese, there are still plenty of deals.

Data to back up that statement here (www.gunstockmarket.net/sales.php?firearm=3&searchwords=China Chinese Norinco&excludewords=SKS-M SKS-D Paratroop&partial=partial&qstitle=SKS: Chinese). Sale prices for other SKS varieties are also listed.

July 13, 2012, 12:20 PM
I sold a pretty nice yugo last year for $230. to make room for a chicom I bought for $175. which was almost as pretty.
I did have to put the pedal to the metal though, to beat another buyer to that chicom.
I don't miss the yugo much, but it did seem to have a nicer trigger than the chicom.
7.62 ammo does seem to go up a bit in price from time to time. Wally's used to sell Tula pretty cheap. I haven't seen any in some time at Wally's.
I buy Ruskie surplus at Dunham's for a little under $6. a box of 20.
My old yugo was a lot fussier than my chicom when it came to surplus ammo and the chrome lined barrel of the chicom helps too. The surplus ammo would cause a lot of gas valve issues on the yugo. too.

July 13, 2012, 06:25 PM
BAck in the 80's I remember seeing crates of sks's laying in the floor of local gunshops for $75. I cant tell you how many times I started to look at one and some yahoo would chime in a say..." you dont want one of those guns, they are crap!" Needless to say, I never bought one until 1996. :mad:

July 13, 2012, 09:36 PM
Just picked up a Norinco Paratrooper matching numbers on stock, rcvr and bolt, unfired, for $319. Missing original magazine. Should I shoot it or just hold on to it? :confused:

July 19, 2012, 01:40 PM
Just picked up a Norinco with a plastic stock slightly used for $220 (bought it for $250, then sold the bi-pod it came with for $30). The gun is in perfect condition. Very accurate for this type of gun, and munched through everything I put through it so far.