Why are SKS rifles so cheap?

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  1. nobama

    nobama XDTalk 100 Member

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    So I am going to completely expose my newbie-ness...

    I see all kinds of cheap SKS rifles that seem to be in great shape. Whats the deal? I am not familiar enough with long guns to be able to tell by photos, but they are a large caliber semi-auto that cost about 1/4 of what some of the good bolt action long guns go for.

    Can you hunt with these guns? Is the price just due to craftsmanship?
     
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    ForTehNguyen XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    You can hunt with them, in fact its a popular youth hunting rifle due to the shorter stock and soft recoil. Wont be as accurate as as scoped hunting rifle but its cheap. Its more accurate than an AK also. You can still hit stuff easily with the SKS
     
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    Mass production of a peasant rifle. And so many of them had been made, they can be sold on the cheap to Americans. After all we are the civilian market for firearms in the world.
     
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    depends on "cheap". they are pretty expensive compared to a few years ago but even at todays typical 300$+/_ price you still get alot of rifle for the $$.

    they are easy to work with, easy to shoot, super reliable and love to eat cheap russian steel case ammo.
     
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    IMHO the were cheap, but none the less good solid rifle, build like a brick.
     
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    They were once cheap, they are still bargains, but before you know it they will dry up.
    Great rifles in my opinion.
     
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    as stated they are solid built good shooters and great to own. As far as cheap...well...cheapish....15 years or so ago, they are the Mosin Nagants in terms of pricing...you could buy them for as little as 40-60 bucks and most of the time came with a few hundred rounds of ammo at that price. Oh..to have a time machine.
     
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    yup. i talked to my local pawn shop/gun store when buying a norinco they had. they were talking about 10 or so years ago when they were selling unnissued yugo SKS, packed in cosmo and a case of ammo for 75$. to find that now id load up the bed of my truck..

    i kinda got a thing for the SKS. i have 3 yugo's and 2 norincos. would like to get a Russian and a Albanian or one of the other odd ones into the collection.
     
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    ScubaSteveXdm XDTalk 500 Member

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    Anyone know any good sites to order from ?
     
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    the supply of unissued yugo's has pretty much dried up. kinda just find them here and there at shops or here in the classifieds.
     
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    In 1995 I bought five new in the box SKS's for $90 each. The gun store had racks and racks of them. Back then ammo was $80/1000 rounds too.
     
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    I bought one this weekend for $200, private party, a Norinco (Chinese). From what he thought and from what I can tell, it has never been fired. All matching numbers, screwed in barrel, etc. It is for my young son, who really wants an AK47, but I figured this will hold him over and get us used to the 7.62x39, our first.

    ps I remember 10 years ago or so, $89, $99, then $109 forever. Should have bought a few back then. Oh well, still alot of gun for $200.

    [​IMG]
     
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    nice one icreek. see you got a milled trigger guard too. not sure the difference in value(i assume millled is better/higher $), i just like the milled better. 1 of my norinco's is stamped, 1 milled.
     
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    Cheap?

    Today...not really. Back in 1990...when I bought mine...oh yes!

    Back then, you could get a NIB Russian SKS for 75 bucks. Another 60-70 bucks got you a wooden crate of 1000 rounds of very good Norinco Chinese ammo that shot perfectly.

    They are still worth owning (I have four) but not nearly the steal that they used to be. Ammo is still fairly reasonable, compared to the AR's 5.56 and the 7.62/308 milsurp rounds.

    - brickboy240
     
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    wow - I guess they are higher now than they used to be - I don't remember the glory days of $70 guns, but to me a workhorse semi-auto 7.62 with a lot of stock options and upgrade possibilities for under $300 is still a relative bargain.

    I guess its people like me that don't mind the now "high price" that keep driving the prices up. Damn. I think I just shot myself in the foot.
     

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