Need help in choosing, either SKS, MOSIN NAGANT or 12 gauge

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by DoNotTouchTheTrim, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. DoNotTouchTheTrim

    DoNotTouchTheTrim New Member

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    I know its kind of a spread out selection and they all have their specific purposes. But if they are all just for fun, and possibly hunting. If they were around the same price same for gun and ammo what would be the way to go?

    I got a new job and this will be my first paycheck purchase as a way to celebrate.
    Some points that got me stuck on on these 3 are:
    Mosins ammo availability, and long range shooting fun.
    sks ammo availability, and mid range shooting without scope semi auto and some can take ak mags and some nice aftermarket stocks.
    And shotgun for possible home defense (on top of the sks) but also the available novelty ammo (dragons breath, confetti, firecracker) and the ability of shooting some clay pigeons and other in air items without fear of bullet drop (i live out in the country but still have neighbor's to worry about with rifles.

    Maybe someone here can weigh in, and give some pros and cons to all? I know not everyone will have the same opinion but i know there will be some good points made as most of you have better experiences with these guns then me. Please only reply with serious posts, I wont feed the trolls.
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I don't have a Mosin, but I do love my Norinco SKS and my Mossberg 500 pump 12 guage. The SKS is tons of fun for plinking and uses fairly inexpensive ammo. The Mossberg sits by my alarm clock with a 18.5" barrel for first-line home defense with its 28" field barrel in the safe for hunting use.

    If I had to choose only one, I'd probably want to keep the Mossberg. It would be a tough decision, but unless I get into hog hunting, the shotgun is more practical for me.
     

  3. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    For an all-round SD, HD, & hunting rig, a 12 ga. shotgun cannot be equaled. With the right barrels, you can use the shotgun for defense, for hunting birds, rabbits, squirrels, deer, & hogs, shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays. You can be deadly accurate from point blank to 150+ yards.

    If I were limited to only 1 firearm for the rest of my days, I would choose a 12 ga. pump shotgun. Thats one man's opinion take it for what it's worth.
     
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  4. Copeman60

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    Mosin nagants our a blast an for around 100 bucks u can't go wrong. But the 7.62x54R won't last forever cause it's suplus. So its cheap now but give it 5 more years an a lot of that ammo will be dried up. The sks ammo in 762x39 is massed produced so it will be easier to get a hold of the ammo. I perfect the Chinese sks cause they our chrome lined. A shotgun in 12gau is always a good choice. Seems to me like u just want a gun to have fun with. All of those guns will be a good choice.

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  5. nosaj

    nosaj New Member

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    You can't go wrong with whichever you choose.
    However, if i were to just pick one I would vote SKS.
    No, it's not the best choice for HD but covers the broad spectrum of shooting...
    Short/long range(couple hundred yards)
    Reliability
    Fun
    Ammo cost and availability
    Capable hunting gun

    ......Just don't plan on using AK mags
     
  6. DoNotTouchTheTrim

    DoNotTouchTheTrim New Member

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    so if it was a shotgun, which would be a good way to go, i guess id like the price to be lowest, but also have an availability of aftermarket stocks and things like that? I plan on shooting all i can out of it, so if it can handle rifled slugs ill be happy.
     
  7. boredintr

    boredintr New Member

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    The 12 gauge if you only get one the 12 with proper barrels can approach the accuracy and power of a 45/70 using brass slugs with recoil reduced loads the rest of the family can play with it 2


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  8. Copeman60

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    Then u will need a smooth bore shotgun. Checkout the mossburg 500 an the Remington 870. Good choices for anyone new too shotguns

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  9. DoNotTouchTheTrim

    DoNotTouchTheTrim New Member

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    yea i would definitely go for a 12g and ive been looking at the 500 and 870 online, and seems they retail suggested is around 450 which i suppose isnt too bad but im hoping local shops have it cheaper.

    I already figured the smooth bore part, can you even shoot anything but slugs out of a rifled?
     
  10. DoNotTouchTheTrim

    DoNotTouchTheTrim New Member

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    Im about to head out for awhile, so if anyone has more info and suggestions ill reply when i get back.
     
  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Seems a little much for the Mossberg 500. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...46907/Mossberg+54169+500+COMBO+12+28AC18CB+PG I'd check the local walmart for the package with the hunting barrel & the shorty HD barrel, like in this package. I paid $100 for mine in 1995, on the way to dove hunt and with a free box of shells; it is a VERY used late 1970's model. I have changed out the furniture for plastics and paid about $80 for the 18.5" barrel.


    You wouldn't want to shoot a shot load through a rifled barrel; it is my understanding that it spins the shot into a lovely donut pattern without much shot in the center.
     
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  12. Copeman60

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    I own a mossburg 500 persuader witch I bought on sell at duahams for 250 but they normally run 300ish. When I get home torrorrow ill post a pic of it. It's not a hunting 12 gue but it's perfect for home defense or a go to war cqc weapon. Holes 8 shells with the plug out an it can accept up to 3" mags.

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  13. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Does it really matter which one you buy now since you know you're eventually going to own all 3? ;):D
     
  14. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    Most versatile - 12 gauge
    Most fun - SKS by far
    Best long range choice - Mosin
     
  15. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    7.62x54r isn't going anywhere in surplus supplies. Its still in very wide production for combloc use in medium machineguns. The soviets produce waaaaaaay more than needed and sell us and others older stock. They aren't switching rounds anytime in the distant future.

    More ammo makers are producing high quality modern versions of this round the two biggest are hornady and winchester.
     
  16. Copeman60

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    I sure hope it stays around for a while. I'm talking the old cheap 54R dated from the late 40s an 1950s. It will eventually go up in price. What gun would you pick out of the three. Always like hearing ur input:)

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  17. toddchaney

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    I've had SKS and Mosin Nagant, but I have more fun with the SKS. I sold my Mosin Nagant some time back because it had substantially more recoil than the SKS, and a steel butt plate, so it didn't feel very good on the shoulder.
     
  18. nosaj

    nosaj New Member

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    I love feeling it give me a good punch.....
     
  19. Copeman60

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    I handle about 40 to 50 rounds of 7.62x54r then my shoulder is crying. 556/233 or even 762x39 I can shoot all day. The Chinese sks is my next buy. I use to own a waffle works Ak but sold it for truck parts. I like the ideal of the sks having a 20" barrel. The Chinese ones our chromed lined!!

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  20. DoNotTouchTheTrim

    DoNotTouchTheTrim New Member

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