I have to agree with some of the earlier post. If you are going to by a weapon chambered in 7.62x39 you might as well get an AK. I have owned or own all three. I love the SKS but the AK is better. The mosin is an simple affective weapon. Good for killing dinner and protecting the home in emergency. But it is limited. The 7.62x54 has some good range in the hands of a skilled shooter. Cartridge capacity and weight are a problem though.