Don't hesitate to spend some time looking. I just picked up a Sino-Soviet SKS from Numrich Gun Parts via Gunbroker; safety-inspected and test-fired, in very good condition with bright bore, just some dinged-up wood, shipped in a Plano case for $260. There are still some good deals to be found.
Steve Bonning, PA-C
Licensed Collector of Curios & Relics
Maryland Designated Collector