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Old August 29, 2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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Is this a fair deal on sks these days?

https://www.classicfirearms.com/yugo...-condition-pti
399+20 hand select with shipping for a grand total of 450

I'd rather buy something that is in un-issued/excellent condition but unfortunately can't find one online.

From browsing this seems to be a fairly good price for good quality sks, but I thought I'd get opinions from people before buying.

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Old August 29, 2017, 04:50 PM   #2
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I don't know about now; but years ago when I got my two, the were right around the $100 mark.
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Old August 29, 2017, 05:04 PM   #3
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It doesn't look bad as long as the hand picked ends up like the picture.
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Old August 29, 2017, 06:46 PM   #4
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I bought a used one with an aftermarket stock this year for $250. Norinco. Bore is still good, shoots good.

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Old August 30, 2017, 08:11 AM   #5
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You can find them at gun shows in the $300 range. Not on a dealer's table, but folks walking around trying to sell them.
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Old August 30, 2017, 09:25 PM   #6
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Believe it or not, for today that is about right. For some reason the SKS climbed in value over the last year or so. I was surprised to see it.


Not a wonderful price, mind you. I saw one not too long ago for $300, but it had an aftermarket stock and no bayonet if I remember correctly. But for a clean specimen $400 is okay. I think a nice Russian one might even bring closer to $500.




I can appreciate how unhelpful "what they used to cost" is to your question, so I will spare you that.
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Old August 30, 2017, 09:39 PM   #7
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https://www.classicfirearms.com/yugo...-condition-pti

399+20 hand select with shipping for a grand total of 450



I'd rather buy something that is in un-issued/excellent condition but unfortunately can't find one online.



From browsing this seems to be a fairly good price for good quality sks, but I thought I'd get opinions from people before buying.


While it is the dealer going rate for the past few years, you can find them cheaper from private parties. I routinely see them for $350 on armslist and you can find them with aftermarket stocks under $300 from private parties fairly regularly. There seems to be slight downward pressure on these. classic was routinely selling for $429 and now seems like $399 is a fairly common dealer price.


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Old August 31, 2017, 03:59 AM   #8
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That's a fair price for a Yugo SKS, especially if it's in great shape. I'm not convinced hand selecting is generally worthwhile.

$350 is doable for a Chinese SKS, but I'm not sure there is a single one that hasn't been forcibly violated with a Tapco catalog.
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Old September 2, 2017, 09:10 PM   #9
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I just ordered one of these today. Watched some unboxing videos of some guys who did the hand select option and it paid off for them so I went with it. We'll see if it was worth it.

Southern Ohio Gun was selling their Yugos for $419 not long ago but they quickly went up to $459 with a $10 hand pick option. Haven't been able to find any elsewhere.

I could've had a very good condition Russian SKS for $549 from my
local Gander Mountain that was closing down. I'm still kicking myself for hesitating on it but not so much now that I found a Yugo.

It's been a long time since I've seen any SKS that wasn't in awful shape for less than $399. So to answer your question, yes very fair (if you ask me)
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Old September 4, 2017, 10:21 PM   #10
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I paid $375.00 for a Chinese NORINCO "carbine"<(for lack of the correct term) that took removable standard AK-47 mags. Back in the 1980's IIRC their basic top loading rifle cost were $79.00 each or less if bought by the case.
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Old September 5, 2017, 03:53 AM   #11
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Forget the price: that is numbered in Dollars..... of which they make hojillions every day ,,,,,, Rugers? Not so .....
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Old September 22, 2017, 10:52 AM   #12
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The hand select on the Serbian Police SKS from Classic Firearms was worth it. The finish on the metal is immaculate. All matching serial numbers and the wood hardly has a ding in it. I'm not sure that it was ever issued out. If it was then the officer that had it either really cared about his rifle or had a very cushy post.
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Old September 22, 2017, 01:11 PM   #13
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The Yugos are quality good shooters in good shape. Yes that is a fair price for an SKS in good shape.

The Yugos have amazing milling on the g-launcher and flip ups. They even have radium sights, most are dimmed out though. They even have tritium vials on late hard to find models.
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Old September 22, 2017, 06:00 PM   #14
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Just two things.

One, with the grenade launcher mount these rifles are front heavy,
unlike the more balanced Russians. Pro-if you don't mind the awkward
front weight, they are faster on target with follow up shots.

Two-there is no mention of bore condition in the ad at all. If it's a
clean bore, it's worth the money, if you really want an SKS, IMO.
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Old September 22, 2017, 09:00 PM   #15
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I was on the fence about doing the same about 6 months ago, but held off after deciding I'd rather trade some "newness" for a chrome lined bore...ended up finding a Norinco on GB for $290 (and spent $19 more on a folding chinese bayonet) which turned out to be an amazing shooter in surprisingly good (but not immaculate) condition. I'm happy I waited.
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