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I have goats and I have coyotes. The coyotes love the goats and will make one disappear in a minute or so it seems. Since I live in brushy Texas I need something quick and agile. I was going to spring for an AR type when my neighbor suggested that I get good stock and red dot sight for my old SKS. It's not a special gun and already has removable mags. I figure that for under a hundred I can get it set up for quick handling and depending on what it costs me for a good, red dot, I'll have a better coyote gun than a .223 black rifle. What do you think? Thanks.

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You really don't need any upgrades. Some heavy duty lighting will freeze them long enough. You could alway host a Coyote fest for members. ;)
 

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Most scope bases for SKS's are replacement receiver covers. I have yet to see one that held zero AND was decently tough. I would look at a scout scope mount and forward mount the red dot. A good whistle will freeze them long enough to get a shot.
 

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I'm in the process of 'building' one now, I found the completely stripped and rusted barrelled receiver in my dads shed,the bore was excellent so I decided to fix it. I bead blasted it, gave it some paint and bought the parts you see. It's coming along alright, I still need a few more parts.

I realize that when you said 'build' you didnt mean quite so literally , but I thought I would share anyway.;)

So far I have $103 in it.:D

I have pictures, but my phone is ridiculous and won't let me post photos.
EDIT: I got my PS3 to upload them.
 

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I'd say go for it.

But I can't really say which I like more,

my re-stocked SKS, or my all original.

IMHO they are great truck guns.
 

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My buddy has one, looks something like this.



The SKS itself never shot right, but at least it looks neat. He basically uses it as a wall decoration now.
 

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Find a cheap Tapco stock and have at it.
The only limiting issue I can see, is optics mounting. Everything that you can stick an optic on without gunsmithing moves around and/or comes off as part of cleaning. Not really the best option if you want a stable zero. Opinions vary of course.
I've been meaning to get one of these installed:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/435151/choate-scope-mount-sks-steel-blue
 

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My buddy has one, looks something like this.



The SKS itself never shot right, but at least it looks neat. He basically uses it as a wall decoration now.
That looks like what I'm looking for. If his doesn't shoot right it's becasue fo the gas tube seal or the magazine. Generally, an SKS is a shooting machine. Thanks for the picture.
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Find a cheap Tapco stock and have at it.
The only limiting issue I can see, is optics mounting. Everything that you can stick an optic on without gunsmithing moves around and/or comes off as part of cleaning. Not really the best option if you want a stable zero. Opinions vary of course.
I've been meaning to get one of these installed:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/435151/choate-scope-mount-sks-steel-blue
Thanks, I forgot about the sight bases being on the gas tube holder. I was told that I should get a "scout scope" for it. I may do that after I get the Tapco stock. The darn mount is $67 but the scope will hold it's zero. Maybe I can do that and put a lazer underneath where it will hold it's zero and I can have some coyote stew!! Thanks for the info.

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There is a scope mount out now that replaces the rear sight. Not too expensive and mounts directly to the barrel, search around and see if you can find one of them.
 
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