New SKS sight in

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  1. Oct 26, 2018 #1

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    Finally got my SKS to the range today. First impressions:

    That thing is LOUD! I was really surprised that a cartridge that small could make that much boom...

    I have to increase the length of pull. The stock must be made for people under 5' tall...

    It shot OK for iron sights and my middle aged eyes...but nothing spectacular. Might have to get a forward mount scope or red dot...

    It was on paper at 25 yards, about 1" low and a little left...

    I like it! No jams, soft shooting, and cheap to shoot, what's not to like?
     
  2. Oct 26, 2018 #2

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    When I took my two SKSs to the range I was very disappointed. The "good" one would group about 3 inches at 100 yards and the other one produced shotgun patterns not groups. This was with steel Chinese ammo so I tried some US made rounds with nearly the same results. I made a half hearted attempt to work loads up at the reloading bench but finally just put the "good" SKS in the back of the safe and dismantled the bad one with the intent of making it into a straight pull bolt action 35 caliber carbine. I haven't taken the time to finish it yet.
    In the end the SKS is a battle rifle made to hit (not necessarily kill) man size targets out to about 200 meters. It will do that but all my other rifles are good for temple shots at that range and I prefer the precision of a good bolt action rifle even though my AR is capable of groups under 1" at 100 yards. I practice shooting off hand (from the shoulder, no sling and no support) with a rifle at least three times a month. I'm no sniper but I am a fair shot out to 600 yards with my rifles and out to 100 yards with my pistols. At close range, 10 feet to 10 yards, I prefer my shotguns for the sheer stopping power. From 10 yards out to 50 yards I like my 357 and out to 25 yards I think the 9mm will perform satisfactorily. Beyond 50 yards the battle rifles are good to almost 200 but beyond that range my bolt action rifles reign supreme. Not many people have a 35 caliber rifle that will shoot groups below an inch at 200 yards and I can go from 22, 25, 7mm, 30 caliber up to 35 with any of my rifles for any specific target. I like precision shooting!
     
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    I'm with you, I actually like bolt guns best, but I don't own any right now. The SKS is simply a cheap SHTF rifle, which is more "ban-proof" than AR style guns. Plus I like the cheap stripper clips and ammo. I didn't buy it for precision work. For that, someday, I hope to have another hot rod .25/06, maybe even a Ruger #1, to dump coyotes from a looooong ways away...
     
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    You won't get any argument from me, the SKS is a good, battle proven, weapon for its intended use.
     
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    @SheepDog ...thanks. I never know who to ask what. The way you laid out your preferences of weapons for what distances.
     
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    @Spikedriver: I went through a whole firedrill attempting to mount a scope or red dot on a SKS, including a pictanniy rail handguard, a switch to a Tapco stock, and a couple of bolt-on setups. Discovered that they're all butt-ugly and that none of the setups will hold zero. The solution that finally worked for my old eyes was pretty low tech - I painted the front sight and the back edge of the sight ring with green fluorescent paint (got a bottle from Hobby Lobby for $1.99). Works great with my ancient eyes.

    Both my SKS rifles (a Chinese and a Yugo) are about 1.5 - 2.0 MOA rifles out to 150 yards, depending on whether I'm on my game that day. And that's all I ever expected from them.
     
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    fetter, SKS's typically use a side mount with a picatinny rail for scopes. These are notorious for NOT holding a zero. Other options work better. It sounds as if you found one.
     
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    I'm looking for a picatinny mount that replaces the rear sight assembly. I'm just not sure which is best. Ideally, I'll have a low power pistol scope mounted. Say, 2 or 3x power.
     
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