Originally Posted by robocop10mm
None of them are serious rifles by today's standards. They are an outdated design (flame on). WTS the original is probably "best". The Romanian and Albanian being close second. I like the Yugo the least because of the lack of chrome bore/chamber/gas system. The Norinco is in a different class. They are not Mil-Surp, but rather commercial copies. I have two Norinco's and they work. They are just shooters and they shoot well.
I picked up a Romanian last weekend in a trade. Best trade I ever made! Very smooth, reliable action and the trigger is pretty dang good. I was surprised to be honest, the action is as tight as my AR's
To say 'why bother' because it does not shoot like a Remington 700 with a Nikon scope is the equivalent of saying 'why bother' with a Ruger Mini 30 or Mini 14. Those aren't particularly accurate rifles either and they are manufactured today and lots of folks buy them. Not for shooting matches but for shooting. Ammo cost for these puppies is still on the cheap side compared to everything else (you can't buy .223/5.56 for $5.00/20 rounds off the shelf can you?)
The purpose of all battle rifles is to be reliable and deadly within a reasonable distance. an SKS is a carbine length rifle shooting a round that is best suited to rapid fire. Based on the shooting I have done so far I am impressed. No, it is not as accurate as my S&W AR15. but I could easily take out whatever I was aiming at with open sights out beyond a hundred yards. I would not have a use for it beyond that distance.
serious rifle by today's standards? I bet if you were being shot at by one you would take it damn serious lol.