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cutcotim
11-02-2010, 4:28 PM
Hey everyone. I have an old SKS that I think is a Yugo. I bought it years ago, had the gun refinished with "Tuff Gun", and put a crappy ATI pistol grip stock on it (before the much cooler Tapco was around).

I do not own a BB AR and really want one.

Is my SKS worth much if I were to sell it/trade it towards an AR?

Keep it?

After selling my first gun I said I'd never sell again, just keep adding to the collection. But maybe it's worth it if I can get a decent chunk of the AR paid for......

unusedusername
11-02-2010, 4:33 PM
Do a search and see how much people are selling them for...

http://www.riverofguns.com/cb/index.pl?s=sks

-vs-

http://www.riverofguns.com/cb/index.pl?s=%27ar-15%27

bohoki
11-02-2010, 4:40 PM
i have a russian and had a chinese i sold sometimes i kind of miss the chinese one i liked its folding monopod/flat screwdriver

kel-tec-innovations
11-02-2010, 4:45 PM
Mine was sold for $675 when the Obama crisis happened. Thanks Obama

JAGGUY
11-02-2010, 4:52 PM
Doubt you would get much on a trade @ a shop, especially with the plastic stock. You really should know what kind of rifle you actually have. Find the correct wood stock and you might get $300 for it on a private sale. Figure out if you have an M59 or a 59/66 or even if it is a Yugo or not. It makes a difference.

jtmkinsd
11-02-2010, 11:47 PM
$300-$400 is the going rate for SKS rifles...I've had a couple on consignment for a while...the owners always insist on putting them up for $600-$800...and they sit, and sit, and sit...till they finally realize they aren't going to get anything more than $300-$400

89 Vision
11-03-2010, 12:14 AM
You might be able to find a buyer, but it seems like everyone I send a trade offer for my SKS already seems to have one.

69Mach1
11-03-2010, 12:24 AM
There are SKS collectors out there. It's hard to determine value when we/you don't know the exact model. If it is a Yugo, I think the surplus ones from BIG 5 will set the pace.

bigthaiboy
11-03-2010, 4:20 AM
Unfortunately, putting a Moly finish and plastic stock on any surplus rifle will kill it's value. You have made a collectible rifle undesirable to collectors. It's sounds like you spent $170 on a $300 rifle, to make it worth $200.

I'd say keep it, since you won't be able to recover much of the money you've put into it.

Milsurps
11-03-2010, 4:31 AM
It's sounds like you spent $170 on a $300 rifle, to make it worth $200.

I'd say keep it, since you won't be able to recover much of the money you've put into it.

^^^^ THIS ! :(

You Tossed the original stock, Right ? :mad:

Keep it and save for an AR. I love my Yogo and Romania SKS's right along with my AR. :D

My 2 Cents, YMMV

sker13
11-03-2010, 7:45 AM
^+1...It's fun to blast through some cheap 7.62 every now and then...Keep it and save up or buy pieces of your build a little at a time. I just did a 500.00 AR budget plinker so you really don't have to save 1000.00 to get a AR.

mif_slim
11-03-2010, 7:51 AM
Or sell it to me for 200. :P :P

cutcotim
11-03-2010, 9:09 AM
Unfortunately, putting a Moly finish and plastic stock on any surplus rifle will kill it's value. You have made a collectible rifle undesirable to collectors. It's sounds like you spent $170 on a $300 rifle, to make it worth $200.

I'd say keep it, since you won't be able to recover much of the money you've put into it.

Haha yeah basically. At least I got pretty cheap back in the day.

And oh yeah the original stock is long gone of course. :rolleyes:

I'll keep it for fun.


I was thinking of just buying a complete AR from the store but now that I see all these options for complete lowers and complete uppers I think I'll build one.

CSACANNONEER
11-03-2010, 9:12 AM
I have an extra stock but, I doubt it would help you much.

G38xOC
11-03-2010, 12:14 PM
got pic ? would be niceeeee

Average Joe American
11-03-2010, 12:21 PM
SKS buyers want a good condition stock SKS usually. A Tapco SKS will almost always make it less attractive.

I am not a fan of the standard SKS's but I am coo coo for the hard to find 16" barrel SKS paratroopers. I paid $300 for my paratrooper and I have already turned down an offer of $400 on it since I have owned it.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i182/mixflip/CIMG5655.jpg

Your SKS is probably in the $200 price range (used) if its just a standard configuration Yugo SKS that Big5 sells everyday? California may get better resale value than out here in Nevada, where I live.