All of the Century SKS I have seen lately on some other boards are REALLY beat up, more so than the Classic and J&G guns. If you can get one with decent metal, you can always order a nicer spare stock and keep the thrashed Chinese one for if you ever sell it. I only care about the bore and if it has rust. I kind of dig the almost no bluing patina look, looks kind of cool, but I can't abide by rust.
Good luck and post pictures. You never know, you may get lucky, I have seen a few from this batch that were actually really quite nice.