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SKS Prices Inching Up !

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by DuneHopper, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    I happen to love the SKS format, I have several of them all purchased at different times.
    I notice in WA and OR people are asking and getting prices exceeding 500.00 and higher.
    Now I can see maybe getting a good solid price on a SKS -D , M, or Paratroopers and Russians.
    But I have seen many many Chinese fetching 450 - 700 This year. Cabelas was selling these for 299.00 in 2012
    before that these where sold around 150-200. I just watched a guy near me sell one simple basic SKS for $450.00 Seems there is a run up on this particular firearm. Wondered what others thought?
     
  2. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I remember getting the one I owned for 120. Folks before me talk of times the sold for 70. Ironically I bubba'd the basturd and turned it for 500. :)
     
  3. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My buddy had a mak90 in the 90's and paid less then a couple hundred for it. I havent seen one recently for less then $1100...

    Them's the brakes I guess. Shoots cheap hard hitting ammo and is built like a tank - hard to find that in other guns.

    Figured I was taking a loss trying to sell mine for $700.
     
  4. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Askin' an gettin' are two different things.........;)
     
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  5. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    For me to pay over $450 it would have to be chrome lined non Yugo, unmolested and like-new condition.
    I'd also would need to have $450 on hand that's not earmarked for something else!
     
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  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My Nephew picked one up for $50.00 at a garage sale last weekend.
     
  7. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Lucky guy!

    They've been going up in price quite a bit in the past 5-6 years. I haven't seen one for less than $300 in a long time.
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    He just happened to stop by a moving sale that an old guy was having out near Sandy, OR.
    There was some Russian made ammo on the table and when he asked how much, the old guy said it was free if he bought the rifle.
    Turns out it was a real nice one with the gunky storage grease still coating everything.
     
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  9. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I bought three of them from Keith's during the scare of 2013. Rough appearance and covered in cosmoline, but they were $250 each. I disassembled them to clean them, got busy, and they've sat unassembled since. I'm looking forward to having the time to put them together. Though I've never shot an SKS, I've never regretted the purchase. SHTF they'd be great 'family guns'.

    Looked just like this:

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  10. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Bought my first one for $89.99! I'd like to do that again!:)
     
  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I think the prices of the AKs are getting high enough that the SKS looks like a great bargain.
    And some folks don't sell cheapo guns cause ,really what are you gunna replace it with? Unless you sell a couple
    So they set in the safe or just the closet for spares
     
  12. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    We have AK's and such, but I sure like these SKS's, done some gun-smith on them and really like how easy they are to work on. I got one for a gift a year ago its like new 72 Yugo. couple others were like 225.00 and 250.00 its why when I see 400- 700 and they are selling its shocked me. But wife said to me what does it matter what they are worth if you aren't wanting to sell them.
    Guess she is right but had I known I would have bought a few dozen more. The newest I have is a 72 the oldest is a 60. Like to get an early Russian. I also have one that is a Yugo without matching numbers I am going to bastardize and make into a Paratrooper doesnt even have the original stock so wont bother me much to mess with it.
     
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  13. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Cabelas in Canada has plenty. The exchange rate would put them at around $176 US. Why all the new shipments we get in the US are Yugos and not many of them? Trade restrictions?
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  14. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    You can get brand new S&W AR's at NW Armory for $500.
     
  16. ConcreteJungle

    ConcreteJungle Eugene Well-Known Member

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    everyone needs an SKS. its so cheap to shoot there almost no reason not to have one. I've been waiting for a nicer Yugo to come along so I can jump on it. Still trying to convince the wife. ;)
     
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  17. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    What did guns cost in the past? [Always cheep in hind sight].

    What will they cost in the future? [Always too much]!

    What will a certain gun will cost in 10.........20...........even 30 years?
    I don't know. But I know the people that didn't buy them will B1tch, moan, and complain! :s0140:

    It's true that asking and getting are two different things. But if you don't get off your butt. Work out a price and buy. You wont have one!

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  18. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Agreed. If you don't own one or have not shot and cleaned one - you really don't know what your missing.
     
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  19. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I bought several for $69, And recently I have built a few AR's for less than $400. The combination of those things make it mentally unmanageable for me to pay $500 for a SKS.

    The last AK I bought was reasonably nice I paid $450 for and I thought that was to much for what they are.

    I know things go up in value, if nothing else through inflation. However an SKS will always be a sub $100 gun in my mind.

    There are a lot of new shooters out there though that dont remember sub $100 SKS's though. To them its just another option.
     
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  20. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    On a sidenote, I can remember back in the 90s seeing the first Bubba-ed and dolled up SKS with an asking price of like $250 and thinking the guy was a raging lunatic


    Of course right about that same time I bought an IMI UZI model B carbine for $300