What about an SKS?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by Pjj342, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    Ive been seeing chinese SKS's for really cheap. Im researching ak47s for the future and thought this might be an option. Being as my price range will be about 450 im looking for something relatively inexpensive and reliable. Whats kinds are good and what should I look out for?
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The Russian Simonovs are the originals and have the best reputation. They are also the most expensive.

    The Chinese Norincos are good rifles. Not fancy, not Mil-surp, but new commercial manufacture for the US market. They work...well.

    The Yugo's look cool, but they are actual surplus rifles that may have been abused. I see more problems and hear more complaints about the Yugos. They are the only ones available in decent quanity.

    Go Norinco for the best shooter for the buck.
     

  3. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    SKS's are a hoot. You need one whether you realize it or not. :D
    You can get your AK-47 later when money/situation permits.
     
  4. freddy-b

    freddy-b New Member

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    SKS over a legal AK anyday.
     
  5. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    mags

    Do they use only the 5 round mag that comes on it or can it use 30 round mags without modification?
     
  6. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    I believe they are normally a standard 10 rd mag, mine is anyway. As I understand things, converting it to take a removeable magazine isn't a big deal. I haven't done much to mine other than put a new stock on it. 10 rds is enough for my use.
     
  7. Alchemist

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  8. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I put mine in a Tapco T6 stock (much like their "fusion") and use Tapco 20 round duckbill magazines. I really love this rifle. My usual shooting buddy bought a WASR10 (semi-auto AK clone) about the same time and really enjoys it. We both agree that the SKS is more rifle-like and seems a bit more accurate at a distance. Mine also came with the cool spike bayonet. I paid a bit over $300 for it and some ammo at a local gun show. If you will never use it for hunting and just want a fun plinker, an AK clone might be better for you, as the WASR is a bit lighter weight, but the SKS will probably be more useful long-term.

    early picture with the T6 stock & scope (later ditched scope)
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    The only beef i have with the SKS is the difficulty of mounting a scope solidly. I have added some "peep" sights & dumped the scope.
     
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  9. chevyforlife1972nova

    chevyforlife1972nova New Member

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    sks's are great

    there are so many options when it comes to a SKS I have one set up with a scope and bi-pod with stock mag (Russian)
    my Yugo with a mote stock and a 30 round duck mag
    and a pretty rare Chinese that takes ak mags but you will not find them for cheap anymore
     
  10. Laufer

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    Guys who install a Tech Sight, whether on the SKS, AK clone or Ruger 10/22 seem to all have positive comments. The aperture and much better sight distance apply to the SKS, if not the other rifles.

    You might already know about these, and a few weeks ago they were priced about $75 and higher.
     
  11. dglockster

    dglockster New Member

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    I have been told that the design of the SKS prevented it from accepting scopes or red dot sights. How did you mount the one on your rifle?
     
  12. tsweep

    tsweep New Member

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    You can get a receiver cover with a mount for rails. I picked one up at a show years ago, it came with a tri-rail.
     
  13. dglockster

    dglockster New Member

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    Thanks, tsweep,
    I'll check out that option.
     
  14. DrumJunkie

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    TheSKS can use a larger mag but it depends on the model what mag it can use. Most can use an aftermarket mag made for the SKS that holds more. There are a couple types the Chinese M type being one of them that can use an AK mag.
    Like mine!
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    Orange..I used to have that same scope mount. I could never get it to sit still so I changes to a different type and mounted it on a handguard rail :)
     
  15. mykelb

    mykelb New Member

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    Sks

    I agree with robocop10mm the Russian ones are the best and cost the most. The Chinese are second best and you will need to shop around like everything else to find the best price. The way I understand it is some have barrells that are pinned in and others have barrels that are threaded. I do not know which ones are what way, someone here at FTF should know.
     
  16. chevyforlife1972nova

    chevyforlife1972nova New Member

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    scope

    I have the scope mount that attached on the side of the receiver its just a little red dot but it fun and pretty accurate
     
  17. Bigrube

    Bigrube New Member

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    Go for a AK47, its all around the best assault around just ask someone whos been shot at by one.
     
  18. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    SKS Not a Bad pick

    Hello all, RON L here

    I saw the post, while I no longer own an SKS, I have owned a few Norenco China made SKS, a couple of Different Russian Siminov Carbines dated 1951 and 1953, as well as I owned for a short time a Yugo, with a very nicly done Trech art screne onthe stock!


    I have shot the Russiand, agains the Norenco China made ones and even a few Yugo's and a Buddies rare Albanain, knw what? At 200 yards and less, theier was not a great deal of difference in thier shooting ability nor accuracy? The Yugo, as well as the Russian feels better and is heavier, but for the $, I fo8und the Norenco ones for what I paid to be the best value!

    Yes, you can moodify the 10 rnd box internal mag and add 20, 30 and even 40 rnd and Drum magazines to the SKS BUT WHY? It's quite easy and quick to re-lload using stripper clips, it's well ballanced and carries well? Once you sart adding aftermarket suff they seem to lose a lot of that, to me anyhow?

    These are fun little carbines and yes if you get a Coyboy model or Model "M" they take AK mags! These cost considerably more, are hader to find and all! Good luck and have fun with it these are made for it!


    RON
     
  19. sngreen1

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    I love my SKS, Fun to shoot and ammo is still fairly cheap. If you search around you can still get a decent shooter for under 250 bucks.
     
  20. keymastr5912

    keymastr5912 New Member

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    since you said that your price range would be about 450, i suggest you go handle a few sks 's and ak's and get what ever rings your bell. we have a couple places around here selling ak's for less than that. i have 2 sks's and my son has an ak. i like the sks's but the ak really is handier. i may be picking up an ak in the near future. also, both sks's will shoot circles around the ak as far as accuracy.