Prices generally start around $200 and up for a good Chinese model, $350 up for a Russian, $150 for a good Yugo model.
The SKS was never produced domestically - if it were, it would cost $800 and be a bit prettier - but no better in performance. Maybe less reliable in the long run, due to our insistence on tighter tolerances. This would work against the SKS and AK designs.
I'm not well up on the AK - but I think there are some domestically produced variants. In any case, many use a US-produced receiver with surplus parts. Someone else can better discuss the AKs.
got a norinco sks about 15 years ago for about $60.00.... i have shot several thousand rounds through it and never one malfunction.... this is a totally reliable rifle and it is quite accurate with the military sights it has..... this is one of the cheap chinese stamped sheet metal ones...... i would assume that any of the eastern block sks's would perform equally well..... i have heard that the east german sks's are quite good, and the russian ones nearly so..... i see no reason that the yugos sks's would not be reliable shooters... you need to remember that they are ballistically the equivalant of a 30-30 wcf...... they are very good for what they are...... if i lose control of my gun buying impulses i might buy another..........
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