Sks or mini 14?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by hq357, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    I know these two guns are completely different, but which one is the most accurate? Most reliable? Which one would you go for? Im probably going to go for the sks because of the ability to accept striper clips and the internal magazine stripper clips are much cheaper but the mini 14 can hold up to 30 rounds but magazines for the mini are up to 40-80$ a piece. The Sks also has a bayonet and is ideal for h to h combat if ever needed but the mini 14 is lighter and more compact so if you could only have one wich one would it be? Sorry if this questions been asked before but this is my question im in the market for a shtf battle rifle just in case worse came to worse id like to have something reliable, rugged, and accurate, which one would you choose?
     
  2. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    I'd take a mini over a sks anyday. That being said, for the price on the mini, ya can probably get an sks , and a case of ammo.
     

  3. therewolf

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    Even though I like the SKS, the mini 14 has it's

    advantages. IMHO the 5.56 is an incredible

    varmint and small game round at less than 200

    yards.

    Let's say the SHTF never happens, what would you

    mostly be using the rifle for?
     
  4. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    SKS all day long. Options for stocks in wood and synthetic. If memory serves it can be converted for to use AK mags.
     
  5. HankStone

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    I'd go SKS,the SKS can take much neglect and live to fight another day,as the AK-47 does and did,I call them pacient rifles he places his in his hooch/cave,never oil or clean it but it will still fire,plus bulk AMMO is affordable,also many add-ons are available.

    Good Luck With Anyone You Pick!
     
  6. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i've only shot an sks once, so i'm obviously not experienced to give you advice on one. i don't have much to say that is good or bad about the sks. i liked it at the time, but looking back after more firearm experience, i'm not sure how i would feel.

    but i have great things to say about the mini 14! mine has been very reliable (1 ftf in apx 1500 rounds), mine is accurate enough (with good ammo sub 2"), i love the style and action (similar to the garand, m1 carbine, etc).....it has incredible versatility, you can have a gun that looks like a standard hunting rifle or a tactical nightmare with simple changes. if your experience with the mini has been like mine, you will love it!
     
  7. TruggieTex

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    For price I would choose the SKS....or rather, 3 of them!

    Mine is well made, cheap, accurate, durable, and of course has a bayonet. Don't own a mini 14, but for shtf, 3 for the price of one has advantages.
     
  8. Holmes375

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    I'm a long time Mini fan but for a patrol rifle I'd take a modified SKS every time. I simply prefer the .30 calibre cartridge for defensive work.

    Ammo is a big issue and 5.56 is going to continue to be for some time in all reality. 7.62x39 is readily available and fairly affordable, this reality cannot be overlooked. And the SKS is not picky in terms of its diet. I don't care to feed a Mini a regular diet of steel cased grub.

    Both need better sights - Tech Sights is a good solution for either rifle. The SKS is a lousy platform for optics, the Mini ain't great but certainly better in that department.

    Replacement stocks improve both rifles. I prefer the Tapco T6 for the SKS and a nice Hogue for the Mini. If Hogue made a traditional overmolded stock for the SKS I'd be a happy camper - ya hear me now, Hogue?!

    An SKS is improved by adding a Murray firing pin - easy and affordable.

    Both are very good rifles and noticeably better when enhanced moderately for the intended purpose. Your personal budget, specific area of operation and market availability should guide your choice.
     
  9. hq357

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    If shtf never came it would mainly be used for hunting or target shooting in the dessert with some buddies and id keep it to pass down to my kids, i don't think its legal to hunt whitetail deer with a 223 in Arizona so im leaning towards the sks 762x39 a little more, im not really interested in varmit hunting unless i can eat the animal im hunting, in arizona we mainly have coyote and im not interested in killing an animal unless he is yummy and im going to eat it for food not sport :)
     
  10. TruggieTex

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    BTW...
    At the risk of complicating your decision, the Mini 30 is 7.62X39 as well....
     
  11. hq357

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    Will it feed steel cased ammo reliably? I havent heard much about mini 30s i know they exist but i would think the magazines are harder to come by and pretty expensive vs an sks im trying to go for the more popular rifle so accessories parts and pieces Are easier to come by thats the only reason i did sks vs mini 14 :)
     
  12. hq357

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    I need to study a little more about the mini 30 i haven't heard much about them as much as i hear about mini 14s maybe there is a reason? Im not to sure i will do some research ive seen police department use mini 14s. id like to keep american ammo with american guns and eastern rifles with their eastern ammo but a hybrid sounds very interesting maybe a perfect match who know? I will study a bit more :)
     
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  14. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My mini 30 did very well with Wolf and Silver Bear. Tulammo was junk mostly due to inconsistent primer depth.
     
  15. SeaKnight

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    I own both 1st gen mini14 and a yugo sks. Now alot of people will disagreed with me but this is what I feel, just my options, so please be nice. The 1st gen mini14 will not shoot under 8 moa regardless what ammo I use. I have trigger job done on it, new stock, all kinds of work done on and still can not shoot. sold it to a friend who just like to feel the recoil of the gun. As for the yugo sks, after trial with different brand of ammo I found it shoot best with Yugo made ammo. I think it is because the pressure are loaded higher than the wolf brand. Even my friend's Ak shoot better. So out of the two I personally will chose the sks.
     
  16. DrumJunkie

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    I like them both. I think the mini is a little expensive for what you get but it's a good rifle. Bang for the buck though the SKS wins hands down. Cheaper rifle with tons of options to make it unique to you. Plenty of cheap ammo around too.

    I have a M model Chinese SKS (uses AK mags)and really want another one. I really like the Russian and Chinese ones over the Yugo but the Yugo are a lot easier to find around here anyway.
     
  17. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    Both great rifles, you're in AZ so range might be a consideration and the .223 has the edge there but for up-close and personal and reliability the SKS is the one.