Originally Posted by therewolf
As it sits, the SKS is a GREAT rifle. They have a few things going for them
the AKM can't touch. Like a strong milled receiver, and built-in bayo
longer sight radius, and built-in cleaning kit. And it's surprising how many
folks want to put lipstick
on the pig, by risking reliability of the original unit, in exchange for
a higher capacity mag, and making other questionable mods.
I know I can pick up 19 out of 20 SKSs, in original condition, and they
will fire reliably, every time.
All other things being equal, get a gunsmith to do this. Because years
from now, you'll have lost interest in those stamped AKM POSs, and the
high capacity mags. But you'll regret it,if you wrecked your own SKS,
by taking it too far from original.
I really do appreciate all the input from the members here. However i just going to toss this out there. I picked up this sks because it was cheap, I already have a yugo that I love, and I needed a gun that I could practice my skills on and if I completely wreck the rifle I'm not going to be hugely broken hearted, aside from wrecking a gun that I bought. It will end up being a range toy and nothing more. I have others that would be used for anything else that I would need to trust life limb or eye sight to.
Once I return home and start on this project I'll post pictures of the different things I'm considering doing to it.
All things considered I really do enjoy all the different view points and friendly debates on this forum.