SKS Anyone...

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by njjohnson, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. njjohnson

    njjohnson New Member

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    So I visited a friends house the other day to help lift a garden tiller out of the back of his truck. I had heard he had a nice collection of guns and wanted to see formyself. Needless to say, he is one of those ex-military guys who has guns just all over his house. He showed me at least 20 guns he had laying around. Also, he estimates his ammunition count to be somewhere between 20,000 to 30,000 rounds in various calibers (pistols, revolvers, and rifles). Well anyway, he showed me his SKS collection. I had never even thought of buying an SKS based mainly on how cheap they can be had for. I mean, you get what you pay for- right? The guy lets me take one home to shoot and see what I thought about it. Ohmagosh! Now, I haven't shot an extensive variety of semi-auto weapons, but I gotta say, wow, this one has the potency of a high-category narcotic. It is flat out addictive to shoot. I went through 50 rounds today, and I think I'm sold. I need this gun.:D
     
  2. c3shooter

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    The SKS is attractive to a lot of folks for the same reason the M1 Carbine was attractive. light, modest recoil, fun to shoot, cheap, and cheap ammo. However, with the M1 carbine, you can forget about the last two on that list. The price of an SKS has gone up a lot in the last 2 years- and so has the price of ammo. If you want one (or two) get them while they are still cheap. I am old enuff to remember the bottomless OCEAN of CHEEP carbine ammo..And .303 Ammo. And 30-06 ammo. And .45 ammo. And....WHUMP-

    Sorry, think that was the bottom of the ocean. :eek:
     

  3. TrueNorth

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    I think the same way you do. Up here in Canada - I know stores that sell them by the tens. You can buy whole crates of them individually for less then $1500.

    And these aren't wholesale places either - just shops that sell them by the crate as well as individually. (why I would need ten I don't know...)

    Anyways - I'm not a fan of the whole cheap russian made guns, but I might get one just because its there and affordable! Be careful on the cheap ammo though - up here some of the really cheap stuff is left over from the cold war and is corrosive.
     
  4. DrumJunkie

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    I bought my first SKS for 50 bucks. I could have got them by the crate and paid 30 (a piece) if I remember right. The last one cost me 200. I still have a Chinese M type now. It's as much fun to shoot as the first one I ever had. I did put it in a Tapco stock but I thin I like them in the old wood as much or more. I plan on getting a couple more before it's said and done. I like to have one Russian and another that will use AK mags. Just makes it great to be able to switch around when shooting "Commie Guns";)

    Even with the higher prices they are a blast to shoot. But If you're going to get one the sooner the better. They don't look to be getting any cheaper.
     
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  5. Warren2

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    I've got a couple of the Chicom SKS and i love em. Got one for me and one for the wife as they are low recoil and she can shoot it with no problem. Prices seem to be about $300 around here for a good one. Picked up a couple of the Chicom factory 20 round magazines and they look rather nice on the gun. I have a couple of 30 round banana magazines for mine, but they look kind of weird and a touch ugly on the gun.

    Been reloading for them using some Accurate 1680 and some 2015 powder and 125gr FMJSP. Seems to be very good combo and they are quite accurate.
     
  6. njjohnson

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    Yeah, the one I may get comes with a 30-rounder, and I'm not too keen on the banana style clips. I'll probably get 20-rounders if I buy the gun. You wouldn't happen to have some pics of yours would ya?
     
  7. Laufer

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    My passion for the last year has been for the the Enfield #4, the #5 Jungle Carbine and lately also the Yugo Mauser. This virus can never be cured.

    The point?
    Despite that incurable disease, I just rediscovered the simple fun of my basic, all-original Norinco.
    It doesn't need the power of .303 or 8mm to have plenty of its own. Three times in the last two weeks are not enough.

    You may be well aware of the higher prices for Russians, and that almost all Yugos have the grenade launcher, but they can reportedly be somehow removed (then it's a rugged carbine), but if not, the Norinco seems like a very practical compromise.

    njjohson:
    That is a good friend, to loan you a semi-auto rifle!
    For about $45, you can add a rear peep, built by Tech Sights, but the cash can buy a fair bit of ammo instead.
     
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  8. Warren2

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    Here is an older picture, it shows both SKS's with the 20rnd magazines. The top SKS has been changed from a scope to a red dot sight. Got tired of the ejected shells hitting the scope... Vortex red dot is mounted high enough that the iron sights can also be used if needed. Scope was moved to the AR to use for distance varmints.

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  9. User Name

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    You can get an AK-47 for about 100-150 more. It shoots the same round 7.62x39 but is a better rifle (more fun).
     
  10. Warren2

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    Depends on what you consider a "better rifle" i would think. If you consider shooting a lot of bullets in a short time of which most will miss the mark then i guess its a good one, but i can do the same with an SKS too. And with the factory iron sights on both rifles i tend to bet the SKS is more accurate. Both are fun guns to shoot, but if i am going hunting at 100+ yards i'll take the SKS any day.
     
  11. User Name

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    I wouldnt take either for hunting 100+ yards.... Also the OP never said anything about hunting, he said he just had fun popping rounds off.
     
  12. orangello

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    My buddy has a WASR-10/~AK47. We have taken it and my SKS plinking many times and have both compared the two rifles. There isn't very much performance difference at 30 yards or 50 yards; the pit we shoot in doesn't allow for toooo much more distance, so we haven't compared them longer. We did both agree that the SKS feels a bit more "solid" for some reason.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

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    I've got a Yugo M70/AK and a Norinco D Type SKS. Both are pretty good shooters for what they are but the Yugo shoots a little better at 100+ yards. But if I was taking one hunting around here anyway the SKS would do just fine. The hills around here make using longer range weapons not as important. But I'd feel pretty confident that I could take up to a 150 yard shot on a deer with my SKS. Most the SKS rifles I've owned or shot have been pretty decent shooters. The bottom line is they are a lot of fun to shoot and ammo isn't too bad priced (yet).

    @Warren2: How do you like that bolt cover scope mount? I have one but have had a hell of a time keeping any optic zeroed. It stays pretty close but I get movement.
     
  14. Warren2

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    No, he didn't, i did in response to your statement that an AK47 was a better gun than a SKS. I never said the SKS was my hunting gun, you can plainly see above it 3 other rifles far more better as "distance hunting" guns. However, at 75-125 yards the SKS will pretty well hold its own as a small to medium game rifle. The AK47 will not with factory iron sights. Now add a red dot or a scope and it improves greatly.

    The AK47 comes into its glory in the mud and muck of the combat field where at full auto it can put out tons of lead fairly quickly and if you drop it in the mud you just pick it up and keep shooting. That is what they were designed for to be used by people with little to no smarts about weapons or how to maintain and clean them. That's why they were built and that is why they have been around so long. Every 5th rate country in the world uses them for exactly those reasons.

    Right from the box the SKS is a more accurate rifle than the AK47. Add a 30 round magazine and that puts them on parr pretty much with the AK47 for kicking out the lead. Stick a scope on both and they would probably be fairly evenly matched. You win if both fall in the mud probably...:D
     
  15. Warren2

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    That's because it is, very solidly built. The 47 feels looser because it is, that is what gives them the ability to fire all day even when dirty as heck. It is also why you get the wiggle when you fire them.
     
  16. Warren2

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    I don't mount to the bolt cover. It had one on it when i bought the rifle, but i did not like it so i picked up a Choate scope mount that bolts to the side of the receiver itself. Very sold and sits up high enough that you can still use the iron sights too if you want.:)
     
  17. zeskullmaster

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    A real HOT rifle

    I have had a couple for along time I take it to the range and run about twoo hundred rounds thru it in a single day the rifle gets so hot the oil in the wood runs down the side and it smokes off the barrel area .. Yes I know it isnt safe to do that but I figure this was a good battle rifle and they went thru hell in Nam and the only rifle to top it was the AK the SKS was the inbetween the Mossin Nagant and the AK-47 and it was used in Nam and afgan as well it is a good battle rifle not as popualr as the AK because the SKS comes and was always ment for only semi loading I keep one in my bug out trailer for those unforseen emergencys along with about 200 rounds yea they may not be a long range nail driver but it only takes one hit to knock down a man with these suckers and they wont fail you no matter the weather or sloppy cleaning habits....:cool:
     
  18. RobDennis

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    I don't see why not. My yugo SKS was my primary deer and hog rifle until i got my 30-06. I had no problem taking down either deer or boar from 100-200 yards with open sights.
    People tend to think that unless you have a high power scoped rifle or some high speed lo drag set up you cannot hunt with a "lesser" rifle. I simply got the 30-06 cheap so thats why I use that for hunting now. i still have my SKS and its a hell of a lot more solid than my Saiga ever was. The Saiga always felt liek it was a toy. The SKS feels solid. the SKS was just a little more accurate thanmy Saiga. not much but it held a tighter pattern.
     
  19. Warren2

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    I would have no problem using an SKS as a deer hunting gun up to 150 yards, it is more than accurate enough for that. Anything more than 100 yards i really would need a scope, but i am 72 years old and my eyes are the reason, not the gun. At ranges over 150 yards i would use either my M1a in 308 or my 30-06, again with scope for the same reason i need on on the SKS.
     
  20. RobDennis

    RobDennis New Member

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    I bought my Savage for 200$ a billion years ago. While its not the tactical 1000 yard sniper rifle it works well for me. At 72 Im glad to see you still go out hunting. Hope you knock down a 6 pointer this year. :D
    Rob