Let me say a couple of things concerning the Yugo SKS
The Papovka or Titova Puška(These are the two nicknames of the M59/66, the rifle that you call Yugo SKS-Papovka stand for "Pola automatska puška"="Semi automatic rifle" and "Titova Puška"="Tito's rifle"(after the famous Yugoslavia's ruler)) can be considered as one of the ultimate/best SKS variant, maybe even the best ever made.When the mass production began (1964-1969) it was considered outdated by many soldiers but extremely appreciated by snipers and marksman serving in the JNA and then in the former Yugo republics.It's accuracy is exceptional(400-800+m) if compared to the Russian and Chinese(thanks to the non-chrome-lined barrel), but it requires more cleaning.In addition to this, the gas system can be blocked(closed) and the full power of the cartridge can be used-Faster bullet=flatter trajectory+stonger "punch".Another feature is the capability of shooting 20 mm Nato grenades, a feature that was only present on this sks variant.
Thanks to is dependability, the rifle remained in service till 1997 and is still used by many police and military target shooters.
THE M59/66 many cost even 450$, but trust me....it worth it!!!The only thing I can tell you is that...well...I suggest your to try shooting one - chinese or yugo- and then decide what rifle is more suitable to you.
ID YOU KNOW THAT...
The M59/66 is the 4 weapons-in-1 rifle.
With very little modification it can be converted in/be used as:
1)Assault weapon(Standard configuration + 30+ rnd mags)
2)Sniper rifle(A mount system should be installed on the rifle)
3)Light Machine gun(Only the trigger group must be replaced and 70+ rnd mag must be added+the bayonett replaced by a bipod)
4)Grenade Launcher(till 12 rifle grenades per min can be shot)
I have an SKS with scope mounts installed and a bipod instead of the bayonett.Assuming that we start from the assault weapon configuration, I need:
-15 secs to turn it to a sniper/marksman rifle
-15-30secs to turn it to a light-machine gun
-2-3 secs to prepare the grenade launcher(It is integrated).The only time you need, is the one you'll need to close the gas system, load a blank put the grenade on the launcher and arm it.