Sks or Mini 30

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sirtonnly2, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. sirtonnly2

    sirtonnly2 New Member

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    I am looking for a rifle to hunt deer out of my blind with. My blind is about 75 yards away from my feeder. I do own a Cheap AK but was wondering if I could get any better accuracy using 7.62 round with a different rifle
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Stop by the intro thread and tell us a bit about yourself.

    An SKS or a Mini-30 may be a bit more accurate, but all three of these are pretty well on par with each other. Your blind is only 75 yards away from your feeder, so what is the max range your thinking about shooting? An AK should be perfectly fine to hunt with at that range, so long as it's legal in your area. Some places (I hear) don't allow hunting with a rifle that takes a detachable mag.
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have an SKS. It was a great rifle when used for its intended purpose. That purpose is a battle rifle. I can shoot decent groups at 50 - 75 yards with mine. But if you dont already own one, I think you could do a lot better with the money. I just bought a brand new Reminton 770 with a scope on it at Cabelas for $299.00. I have seen a Savage at Walmart for $265. Both are 30-06. With a 30-06 you can shoot at a much greater distance if you decide you want to later. I have not seen too many sks rifles for less that $250.

    Are you wanting a battle rifle that you can hunt with? Or do you want a hunting rifle?
     
  4. dunerunner

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  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Mosin Nagant. Great rifle for the money. Different story if you decide you want a scope on it later. I also like the 30-06 because while you can get the 7.62x54r at cabelas or some other sporting good stores, there are still a lot of places that don't carry it. Just about anybody that sells ammo has 30-06.

    I would hate to be hunting and realize that my ammo is sitting on my bench at home 40 a day's drive away. There is always a walmart somewhere.
     
  6. sirtonnly2

    sirtonnly2 New Member

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    I really like shooting the battle type rifles. I was told the 7.62x39 makes a good brush round. It is also very inexpensive the absolute longest shot I would be able to make would prob be around 100 yards. I really like being close to the game wether it be pigs or deer or varmint I am not really all that experienced with ballistics and what not but am trying to learn all I can
     
  7. trip286

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    An AK should be plenty accurate for hunting deer at 100 yards. And have plenty of power at that range to do the job.

    I have to agree though, before getting a mini-30 or SKS, I think I'd invest in a good bolt gun chambered for .30-06, .270, or .308. Just because.

    BTW, I also have a 91/30 Mosin Nagant. The ballistics and accuracy are more than adequate. There's a sale of the day thread that has a link to one for $79. Very worth it IMO. I overpayed for mine, but I'm satisfied with it, so I don't care.
     
  8. ttdub

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    Aka for sure! Just my opinion. Both are good.
     
  9. Werminator

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    For my part, I prefer the SKS. The minis are awesome weapons and I don't want to steal any of the thunder they have built up in terms of a reputation, but to me there is just something about the SKS that seems right. Also, The barrel on an SKS is longer which means the sights are more spread out than on your AK... This means a longer sight radius providing you a touch more precision, though with open sights precision is a little relative... The downside is that the SKS is less convenient to carry over distance... My SKS has the original cleaning rod but I can't fire it without the rod falling out so be prepared to have to locate it or leave it at home...
     
  10. Firearms4ever

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    The Ak would suite your range and purpose well and an SKS would as well. The main difference between the two is the SKS is a bit longer and is limited to 10 rounds unless you buy something like a TAPCO replacement magazine. The longer sight radius of the SKS will give you a tad bit more precision and the longer barrel will give you a little bit more accuracy. I like to share this quote though "All guns are more accurate than we are" unless you're talking about a smoothbore musket or something to that effect. The AK will give you more compactness and capacity. Like some of the others have said you might want to take a look at a bolt action rifle aswell like the Mosin Nagant, Mauser, and ect.
     
  11. Hinermad

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    Depending on where the OP lives, the AK's larger capacity may not be an advantage. Here in New York semi-auto guns with a detachable magazine are limited to 10 rounds unless the mag was manufactured before the old Assault Weapon Ban went into affect in 1994. Since the SKS doesn't have a detachable mag it's not limited to 10 rounds. (Although there may be a limit while hunting, like for shotguns.)

    Can you get hollowpoint or soft nose 7.62x39 ammo? I'm not so sure military ball ammo is appropriate for hunting.

    Dave
     
  12. FCross7

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    Not to mention a lot of states limit you to 5 rounds when hunting with a semi-automatic; I know Florida does.

    If you wanna stick with x39 but wanna hunt with it, how about a bolt gun? I know that both CZ and Ruger make bolt guns chambered in x39, and I'm sure there are others as well.

    Ruger® M77® Hawkeye® Compact Bolt-Action Rifle Model 37141

    CZ-USA -> CZ 527 Carbine

    Just a couple other options.

    -Fred
     
  13. tCan

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    I was just looking at the Savage Axis. Sounds like out of the box it beats the Remington 700 for accuracy. Certainly a rifle you can easily push to 400 yards accurately and still be delivering more than 1000 ft-lbs with almost any load you can pick up in stores. Cheap too. You could probably find one in a box store for less than $300. Maybe even with a scope.

    You mentioned that you were interested in learning about ballistics? Then I agree that you should go for a bolt gun in a major caliber. This will give you a solid test bed for consistency.
     
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  14. Boyerracing343

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    Yes you can.

    try sportsmansguide.com
    cheaperthandirt.com
     
  15. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I can not speak to the acuracy of the Savage or the Remington 700 becuase I don't own either. But the 770 I just bought was able to shoot 1 inch groups at 200 yards. Pretty nice for $299 with a scope already on it.
     
  16. sirtonnly2

    sirtonnly2 New Member

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    Thank you all for your great opinions. Never gave a mosin nagat much thought before this thread. Now I think I am going to pick one up.
     
  17. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    It's kind of like a 1911, everyone should have one. I'm working on the 1911 though, I don't have one of those just yet.
     
  18. tCan

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    Yep, just throwing some competitors out there. And to be clear I'm just going off range reports that I've been able to find online.
     
  19. Jeff56

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    If you like milsurp rifles the SKS would be a fine rifle for deer hunting. And so would your AK most likely. I've seen AK's that weren't accurate enough and I've seen SKS's that weren't accurate enough either but for the most part an SKS is more accurate.

    You will need to check your local laws about what is legal to use to hunt. In my state (Ohio) you can only hunt deer with a shotgun (with slugs). Across the river in Kentucky rifles are limited to 3 rounds of capacity for hunting. Generally there are devices that can limit the capacity of your rifle.

    If you want a good rifle for hunting for not a lot of money you could buy a used
    Savage 110 or something similar. I buy from places that give me a warranty of some kind when I buy used guns usually. I bought a used 110 for $225 and it included a decent scope for 100 yard hunting.