SKS or mini 30

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by TruggieTex, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

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    Am looking for a companion gun to my 7.62x39 Arsenal AK. Cabelas has cosmoline crammed Yugoslav SKS rifles for $279. Half the price of the mini 30, but I have never owned an SKS and don't want to be disappointed. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Overkill0084

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    I've had a Chinese SKS for over 20 years. It probably has a couple thousand rounds through it without any issues. I understand the Yugos are probably a bit better made. My understanding is that SKS's start having problems when people start throwing aftermarket goodies at them. Removable mags being the most common. Mine is bone stock aside from sticking a Tapco stock on it. They are a solid, reliable design. For the money, it's hard to argue against them.
    I don't know much about the mini 30. I have been told that there were some issues with the early ones. I don't recall the specifics, however.
     

  3. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think the Mini 30 is a very cool gun. I doubt if it is as dependable as an SKS.

    The solution would be buy two SKSs then you should still have enough money left to buy a case of ammo.
     
  4. orangello

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    I would look for the Chinese/Norinco SKS; the Yugo is often a truly "surplus" rifle that may have seen a good bit of use. The Yugo's also have that goofy-looking grenade launcher thing on the front. The Norinco's are (to the best of my knowledge) made for export not the Chinese military to use/abuse. If you do go Yugo, look for one of the older M59's to avoid the goofy grenade sight and such https://www.samcoglobal.com/1-sks.html .

    I have been very happy with my Norinco SKS. I have had no trouble with my Tapco stock or removable 20 round magazines. I also like my spikey bayonet.

    I have no experience with the mini30 other than seeing them on the A-Team TV show.
     
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  5. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

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    Thanks all for the advice. I feel an SKS is in my near future. Will update this post with results.
     
  6. towboater

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    The Russian SKS's are also very nice. Actually they are my favorite.
     
  7. orangello

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    Keep an eye on the online forum classifieds here and at TFL; some guy sold a nice one for right at $200 not too long ago, IIRC.

    I do not think you will be disappointed.


    If you don't like the fairly standard sights, Techsights sells some decent peep sights for the SKS. http://www.tech-sights.com/sks.htm (go on MUCH easier with the standard stock)
     
  8. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    The SKS gets my vote. I'm a Ruger fan, but the problem with the Mini 30 is the magazine availability and it's reliability.
     
  9. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

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    Well....
    Enough cosmoline to lube a tractor, and more numbers and strange markings than a prop from The DaVinci Code, but a well built rifle overall. In and out of Cabelas in less than 45 minutes!!

    Can't wait to sight it in!
     

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  10. UrbanNinja

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    I picked up a Norinco type 56 about 3 weeks ago... took it out today for the first time and ran 150rds through it. Not a single issue. I was using some cheap Russian steel case ammo to boot.
     
  11. towboater

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    Congrats on your SKS purchase. I think you'll be pleased when ya fire a few rounds. Lots of fun!!
     
  12. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Nice looking SKS!

    FYI, in the thick brush down here, the SKS was the budget deer gun for many years for many rednecks, just gotta use "soft point" ammo.

    There is an interesting accessory for the grenade launcher thingy: Golf Ball Launchers Maybe good for some less-than-lethal pest control.
     
  13. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

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    Golf ball launcher looks really cool! Thanks for the compliments.
     
  14. therewolf

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    I like my SKSs, and was looking forward to a Mini-30,till I

    handled one. The LOP was dismally short, and IMO, the sights

    are total crap. I don't think a Mini-30 compares to a

    decent SKS, even with the stock ten round mag.

    I've got a Russian cold war, and a Norinco

    with a paratrooper synth stock, and they both

    perform flawlessly, and shoot Minute-Of-Frisbee

    with iron sights, shoulder-fired at 100 yards.
     
  15. Pjj342

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    You made the right choice. You can shoot any steel cased foriegn ammo for cheap. Ive heard many times of light primer strikes from the mini 30, and that it only really likes us made brass ammo.

    I did alot of looking on the mini before I bought my saiga x39, and thats why I went with the saiga. I love my ruger 9mms, but I didnt think I could count on the mini30.

    Have fun with the sks.
     
  16. UrbanNinja

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    Dont want to hijack this thread.. but rather then starting a new one for a simple question ill just ask here.

    Have any of you guys used or currently use the recoil buffer? Does it actually work or is it not worth getting?
     
  17. Pjj342

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    I used one on my saiga x39, before I converted it. For doing away with carrier slap, it works. For reducing recoil, it doesnt do much. It would do the same on an sks.

    I didnt need it after my conversion, my new (higher profiled) hammer provided enough resistance that it did away with the carrier slap on its own.

    If you get one, get the Blackjack. Recoil buffers are very prone to breaking, and black jack will replace it for free.
     
  18. Mutley

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    It did NOT work for me. The recoil buffer sounded like a good idea so I got one and put it in. All it did was keep the bolt from staying open after the last round was fired. In retrospect, I wish that I saved the money and put it elsewhere. My SKS is a Yugo, by the way.
     
  19. therewolf

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  20. UrbanNinja

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    Im guessing? I only wanted it for the carrier slap.. I just felt I should use the proper name.