With any comm bloc mil-surp the wood is going to be pretty beat...some more than others. Look for repairs, splices, chips or cracks that would indicate the rifle has been dropped and potentially damaged. Recent repairs may be lighter in color, cracks may appear as a dark line. Don't expect the wood to be perfect just undamaged. If that passes your inspection check the metal for rust, corrosion, pitting...a little wear on the finish is ok but visible rust is a red flag. Check the barrel...bring a bore light...again you are looking for rust, pitting, dark spots. The bore may be dark but the rifling should be visible. All the comm bloc ammo is corrosive...if the gun has not been diligently cleaned after shooting or has been sitting in a pawn shop uncleaned the barrel will show rust...lower you bid or walk if that's the case, just my opinion of course.I found an sks rifle at a pawn shop for 250 i am new to this forum an very inexperienced when it comes to guns. Can anyone tell me what to look out for and if this is a good deal/rifle.