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    Help with what to look for when buying an SKS

    Hey people I'm looking into buying an SKS. I donít have a lot of experience buying surplus firearms. I hope you folks might be able to give me some tips on what to look for in a good SKS.

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    Look for an unissued SKS. You can't go wrong with one of the unissued Chinese military sks rifles currently on the market. You can get one for peanuts.

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    Personally, if it's all tightly fitted, I'm happy. My chinese was tight and solid - worked perfectly.
    The yugo I have, has better finish & is equally as tight fitted.
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    I'd go with a Rusky myself...even a refurb, often called a "black bolt" SKS as they are "like new" for less $.
    made in China always scares me - lol
    Just my thoughts and I'm no expert on them.
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    My first SKS was a Yugo. It was beautiful. In fact too nice for me too even shoot let alone haul it around. I sold it to a collector and bought this 54 Tula BB special.
    Sure there's no rocket launcher or fancy wood, but it has a chrome bore and functions perfectly...and if I leave it laying outside overnight who cares!
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    Tight fitting is great but any military grade SkS's should be good to go. Just try to steer clear of those civi norks cause in my mind they ain't worth much.

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    Check to see that the gas tube/upper hanguard is not all loose and sloppy. Take the part off and check that the wood is still solidly attached to the tube.
    Do a quick function test to make sure it's working properly.
    Check the crown for rough damage from cleaning rods.
    Check the bore the best you can, it may be tough because it may be packed with cosmoline.
    I always do a basic field strip of the firearm before I buy it if I can. A lot of dealers get upset or snippy with it. I look at it the same as buying a used car, you don't just find one with a nice paint job and drive it off the lot cash down right?
    It also depends what you are looking for. If you're looking to buy a collector piece then yes go for the unissued, non refurbed, all matching 1949 with cruciform bayonet etc.
    But if you want a shooter then that is about all you need to check.
    Hope that helps mang!

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    If you're buying off of the internet get lots of current to date pictures with a good description. This of course can be said for anything but more so for a rifle that is expected to have had corrosive ammo through it. Not everyone cleans their firearms and this can lead to some major pitting and corrosion in the SKS. I've seen a few deals go wrong on the net in dealing with the SKS and corrosive ammo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lone-wolf View Post
    Personally, if it's all tightly fitted, I'm happy. My chinese was tight and solid - worked perfectly.
    The yugo I have, has better finish & is equally as tight fitted.
    True although rare to find except for the Marstar mil-surp ones.
    Can't go wrong with the Russain ones???
    Yep I have had a few that needed a little TLC
    Although all the Yugo's I have had a chance to play with are top notch in my books although I hear that Marstar might spoil us with some more that they have squirreled away.
    Then there is my unicorn that I am still looking for...
    The East German SkS

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    I thought I was going to get a $200 rusky from a paper buy,sell&trade, but it was sold by the time I contacted them
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