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Old 10-03-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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How accurate would a very well maintained or new SKS be at varying ranges provided a skilled shooter? Also, what are the weak points of an SKS rifle, and who makes a better version of the rifle with high quality parts?

I heard Yugoslavian are good becuase they were imported more recently 1990-2000 so there should be less wear on a good portion of them. Are there any mainstream productions of SKS rifles, for instance how Colt produces an AR-15?

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I prefer the chrome-lined Chinese SKS's to the Yugo's, especially the Yugo's with the weird grenade launcher gizmo.

The SKS's that I have shot and seen shot were pretty accurate for a non-scoped rifle. You do have to realize that 7.62x39mm is not a long-range rifle cartridge; the SKS is almost a carbine with a round designed for less recoil than a full-powered rifle like a .30-06. They are difficult to mount a scope on, because they were not designed for that.

The Ruskies make them brand new, but we aren't allowed to buy them. I am not aware of any reproductions of the SKS. http://molot.biz/product-e/op-ckc.php

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You do have to realize that 7.62x39mm is not a long-range rifle cartridge;
If I could hit a person at 300 yards that would be optimal, but as long as it was very accurate at 100 yards atleast that would be fine for what I would want to use it for.

Some real nice hardly used Chinese SKSes online, are Chinese SKS with chrome barrel called or made by Norinco?
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this here will give you some indication of what the SKS is about. there were many different variants from other commie-bloc countrys. another factor to consider is, the cartridge used, the 7.62x39mm which is only marginally better than a 30-30 cartridge. the SKS wasn't designed to be accurate, but able to put many rounds down range quickly.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/awesum-day-range-96892/

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I have two norinco SKS rifles. Both of them are just as accurate as my model 60 marlin at close range. They aren't good for much but punching holes in paper.

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I have two norinco SKS rifles. Both of them are just as accurate as my model 60 marlin at close range. They aren't good for much but punching holes in paper.
Why is this? You wouldn't take this rifle for a self defense situation?
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If I could hit a person at 300 yards that would be optimal, but as long as it was very accurate at 100 yards atleast that would be fine for what I would want to use it for.

Some real nice hardly used Chinese SKSes online, are Chinese SKS with chrome barrel called or made by Norinco?
You should be good at 100 yards, better with better ammo; the cheapo ammo is alleged to be less consistently loaded, impairing accuracy at a distance.

Norinco is a company of the Chinese government and is, to my knowledge, the same as "Chinese" except the labeling.



The SKS was "the poor man's deer rifle" down here for many years, and is still used as such to some extent.
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I personally am not the biggest fan of a chrome lined bbl in most rifles. I've found them to be easier to clean but not quite as accurate. It's not a huge difference but it seems to be a little off. The longer distance we shoot the more a slight issue will look like a bigger one. The upside in the SKS story though is they are to me at least only a 100 150 yd rifle. I will try longer shots but if I was to miss I wouldn't be as upset

The Chinese SKS are not bad but I like the Russians a little more when it comes to overall accuracy. I do own a Chinese SKS though and would get another one. If you cna find a Chinese D or M model at a good price grab it. THey are not all that easy to come by these days.

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I personally am not the biggest fan of a chrome lined bbl in most rifles. I've found them to be easier to clean but not quite as accurate. It's not a huge difference but it seems to be a little off. The longer distance we shoot the more a slight issue will look like a bigger one. The upside in the SKS story though is they are to me at least only a 100 150 yd rifle. I will try longer shots but if I was to miss I wouldn't be as upset

The Chinese SKS are not bad but I like the Russians a little more when it comes to overall accuracy. I do own a Chinese SKS though and would get another one. If you cna find a Chinese D or M model at a good price grab it. THey are not all that easy to come by these days.
i have heard that as well, that if wanting better accuracy, then the non-chrome lined barrels are better, but foul quicker than the chrome lined barrels.
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i have heard that as well, that if wanting better accuracy, then the non-chrome lined barrels are better, but foul quicker than the chrome lined barrels.
Foul quicker, so if you clean them regularly they would be ok? Or are they prone to rusting out and having dirt embed in them.
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