GUN Should I buy a Yugo 59/66 SKS as my first firearm?

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  1. fėnrir

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    325 dollars. I read it doesn't have a chrome lined barrel and that some gas valve can cause problems on it if it wasn't taken care of making it act like a bolt action rifle requiring you to pull the charging handle after every shot until you fix it. Should I bite? I offered 300 but waiting for a reply.


    Are there any facts I need to know about non chrome lined barrels before I make a purchase? I know it helps when shooting corrosive ammo, which I will be doing since it is so cheap, but as long as I clean it there shouldn't be any problems right?
     
  2. Since it's going to be your first gun, the question is what your intent with it is. I assume it's just something you want to plink with?
     
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    Yea. I am not concerned at all about home security. I just have a fascination with soviet era guns and enjoy going to the range.

    Eventually I would like to have a Romanian TT33, CZ-52, Mosin Nagant M44 and 91/30 and some sort of AK74 in my collection :wiggle:
     
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    I think $300 exceeds the value I find in an SKS, that particular model has a balance I don't like, they're usually not winners for accuracy...I sold mine. Ymmv, try one first if you can. I put the money into something I enjoy shooting more

    On a side note, I'm not aware of any cheap corrosive 7.62x39, you'll probably be feeding it cheap russian commercial ammo.
     
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    300 seems to be the price for these in CA :wtc:

    Link to where I can buy cheap ammo in bulk?
     
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    Oh I think thats the price of them anywhere today, I just don't find the SKS to be a gun that I feel is worth what the market now commands for it. Obamamania drove up the price too, I think you'll see them starting to fall now and over the next few months.

    http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/7_62x39.html is where I order most of my ammo
     
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    Thanks for the link. I kind of want one of those Russian crates filled with ammo though :wiggle:
     
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    $300? Shit maybe I should sell my SKS
     
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    I know todays price for a SKS is $300+ but that is above it's real world value. I would save up and get a OLL AK.

    For a first gun in your price range I would probably do a shotgun like a remington 870, or a Ruger 10/22. I'm assumning your not 21 yet thus your not looking at pistols yet.

    My first gun many years ago was a AK. I still have and love that thing.

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    300 is more than those things are worth. For that price you might as well get a WASR...
     
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    If you can only buy something for $275 to $325, that is a pretty good indicator of its "worth."

    Supply < demand.
     
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    I'm 23 and just got my Handgun Safety Certifcate today. I am not new to guns at all. I shot hunting rifles and shotguns growing up when I visited my uncle and I go to range maybe 7 times a year. Not much I know, but I do know what I want.

    Mosin Nagant M44 and 91/30, Romanian TT33, CZ-52, AK-74 variant, and a SKS
     
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    I was thinking of a WASR but I hear very very mixed things about Century Arms
     
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    save up more and get a AK 47 or 74 if you have your mind set on those types of guns, just my opinion
     
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    buy a parts kit, receiver and 922(r) parts and build your own :dunno:

    i'll be more than $300, but it'll be more fun too :bigthumb:
     
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    I don't know what the legality is in CA but a DIY saiga conversion would be my pick if right now if I wanted an AK style gun.
     
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    There are several models of saiga that are good to go in CA. Heck you can buy complete saiga rifles at some gun shops. There are certain models stamped Kalashnikov USA that are not good to go but generally you will not see these in gun stores. The OLL friendly gun shops usually have several AK flats and various parts to do a build your own thing. We got a few vendors that make really nice AK furniture. Mine are from ironwood designs in san jose. There is a place in fullerton where I went to college that makes nice AK furniture too.
     
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    i got a set of IWD furniture for my romy-g build :coold:
     
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    Have you built one before? My limit is around 600 for a "main rifle". I would love to build a bulgarian 74 but there are so many legalities and stuff in CA that I don't know where to start? I see you are CA, do you happen to have links to exactly what I need?
     
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    Do receivers have to go through a FFL or can I have those sent to my house? If getting it in parts and putting an ak74 together allows me to not go through a dealer that would be great, that way I don't have to go to the DMV on monday and get a temporary ID card with updated address.
     

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