I actually purchased two SKS rifles from a shop in Georgia. Both had issues even though they were unfired surplus. So I decided to make one from the two. After some building, adjusting and fitting, I ended up with a very reliable and pleasant shooting rifle. I went all out and sanded down the wood frame, filled all the scratches and notches with filler and painted it with a tiger strip design. I found a bolt on rail system to support a scope and added a suppressor along with a rubber butt for comfort. Fired 500 rounds through the rifle with no jams at 250 yards. It turned out better than I could have imagined. The 7.62 round along with the add on's ended up giving me a very sweet looking and shooting rifle. Total money spent not including time in the build was around 350. I couldn’t afford an AK so I did my best with the SKS. Will be happy to send a Pic or two if you’re interested. Good luck.
No such thing as a "running start"
NRA, ILE, American Shooter