Originally Posted by FIDDLEHEADSTEW
I've been doing some research on these surplus rifles they've been selling and would like to get one but I would like to know from someone who owns one already as what to look for and what to beware of. I don't want to get a rifle just to throw it im my gun cabinet and let it collect dust, I want to use it. The 8mm round is a very good round and would be good for hunting and for the range. The Mosin Nagant is also a good rifle and the 7.62 x 54R is a good round too. So, are these rifles they are currently selling worth buying? And what about the Yugoslavian SKS, from what research I've been doing on the internet it seems the Russian and Romainian seem to be the more sought after, they certainly are more expensive. I've fired the Chinese version of the SKS and it was a fun rifle to shoot with plenty of aftermarket accessories to trick it out, can this be done with the Yugo and Romainian SKS's?.
Where to begin.(why I re-posted your OP)
Any Mauser, IMO, is a great rifle. Ammo's expensive.
The Mosin Nagant is very good, but not a Mauser, obviously.
Very sturdy, bulk ammo's cheaper, but not as acurate. These rifles
shine when you get better ammo. I really like the M44s. It's fairly easy
to get a lightly used one in good shape.
The SKS is nice, solidly made, but unlike the bolt-actions, fires an
"intermediate round". (the M43-7.62x39, same as the AK)
The Russians are nice, great balance. Yugos
are front-heavy, because of the grenade launcher, but that puts the
sights back on target, like a counterweight, IME.
In any event, the guns are better, and hold value more, if all the
serial#s match. Avoid electro-penciling, or "force-matched" serial #s.
Serial #s are stamped at the factory. Clean barrels with good rifling
aren't hard to find, if you look for them. Don't be afraid to shine
a light down the bore, and avoid pitting or corroded barrels.