I heard on Gunboards that Classic had listed some cracked stock specials @ $249.99...checked and heck if if wasn't true. I was able to resist the allure of $300 SKSs, but I can't at $250, especially for a ratty gun with a cracked stock. That's like kryptonite right there; RM loves him some ratty guns. Leave the pristine lookers to the snobby collectors!
With tax, ridiculous shipping, + their $3 shipping insurance added I'm looking at right at $300 right to my door. I've seen poor examples sell right at that much on GB lately, so the downside is limited unless it's missing a major component or the bore is a sewer pipe.
I'm hoping the cracked stock will not require too much TLC to get it back into shooting shape. One of my previous SinoBanians had a really nasty crack just to the side of the receiver in a real thin spot on the stock. I was able to fix it with dental floss and a good quality wood glue to the point that I can't even find it unless I look *really* hard under good lighting.
Anywhoo, Lets hope its an all matching year 6, 15 (or better yet 16) gun eh? That would be nice icing on the cake. I opted not to pay for the hand select for matching numbers, because they have a disclaimer that there are no refunds (expected on a cracked stock special), and they are not hand selecting for numbers on this lot anyhow, only the best 10 for cosmetics. No idea what they'd do if someone selected hand select for cosmetics (+$20) and hand select for numbers (+ another $20) though...