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Posted: 10/7/2008 3:25:40 PM EST
My coworker bought himself an SKS today. I'm always going on about Hurricanes this or that, BATFE abuses, Obama, TEOTWAWKI, 2012, blah blah since he started working with me about four months ago. He's pretty new and inexperienced with firearms, but in that short time, he's bought a 12guage pistol grip shotgun for home defense, a Ruger 10/22 for squirrel hunting, and today he went in to by a TipUp 45-70GVT to deer hunt with me during primative weapons season. Well, the rifle he had a hard on for was in the hands of another customer, so we had to kiss it goodbye.

There were two SKS rifles lying on the countertop, one had a small scope on it. Norinco.

The gunstore owner threw in another receiver cover so he could use the iron sights, 3 boxes of wolf ammo. I think he paid $360. He plans to deer hunt with that (but not primative weapons season). I tried talking him into buy a bolt .308 or .270, but was not successful. Whatever, it's a fun little gun anyways, i'm sure.
If I was 25 yrs old, I'd probably be drooling too.

Anyone use these rifles to deer hunt with? The scope looked very sketchy to me. We're going to take it out Sunday to see how it groups at 100 yards. I don't even know if there are real hunting rounds chambered in 7.62X39.

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Link Posted: 10/7/2008 3:53:51 PM EST
my buddy hunts with a norinco sks, not sure how it does at 100 yards tho
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Link Posted: 10/7/2008 3:56:54 PM EST
if he does hunt with it, be sure he uses soft point ammunition and not FMJ's
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Link Posted: 10/7/2008 4:22:20 PM EST
SKS will work for deer but you have to use soft points and make the shot count. I know several people who have used them for deer and hogs. Frankly, they weren't that impressed. At the time the soft point selection was limited so that was probably a factor. I would keep the shots within iron sight range myself for this caliber.
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Link Posted: 10/7/2008 8:50:33 PM EST
I've seen 4 deer shot with SKS's and know of many more. 2 of the 4 went less than 30yds. The 3rd went about 100yds. The 4th was gut shot and took too long to die.

The wolf HP's worked fine for the deer that was shot on my land. Ranges on all were less than 75 yards. 7.62x39 is ballistically the same as the good old .30-30.

Was the SKS plated in gold? If not, I'd say he got took, too. Really shouldn't be paying over $200 for a Chinese SKS, imo.
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Link Posted: 10/8/2008 7:18:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By j20owner:
I've seen 4 deer shot with SKS's and know of many more. 2 of the 4 went less than 30yds. The 3rd went about 100yds. The 4th was gut shot and took too long to die.

The wolf HP's worked fine for the deer that was shot on my land. Ranges on all were less than 75 yards. 7.62x39 is ballistically the same as the good old .30-30.

Was the SKS plated in gold? If not, I'd say he got took, too. Really shouldn't be paying over $200 for a Chinese SKS, imo.


That's what I was thinking too..on the price.
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Link Posted: 10/8/2008 7:56:36 PM EST
He will probably be better off using the iron sights. A very cheap upgrade is a Target Front Sight Post from Tech-Sights for $5, and keep his shots under 100 yards.

For a quality softpoint at a great price, have him try out the Prvi Partizan softpoints here:

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Link Posted: 10/8/2008 8:12:03 PM EST
I killed my first and only deer with a Chinese SKS.

It was at 100 yards with a 4*32 scope.

That being said, if I didn't have a lot of money and wanted a good hunting rifle, I would go with the Mosin Nagant carbine.

It's much more accurate and power.
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Link Posted: 10/10/2008 1:31:13 PM EST
I heard from a freind that it works quite well, just keep it under 100yrds....and sights are just fine at say 40 or 50yrds........
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Link Posted: 10/13/2008 1:37:24 PM EST
The SKS works for me...





I have found it to be a very good, dependable, short range rifle given proper hunting ammo is used.
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Link Posted: 10/14/2008 4:53:19 AM EST
He could have gotten a Marlin for that much.
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Link Posted: 10/15/2008 8:06:12 AM EST
I would have sold him my .30-06 Rem 7600 for that much too. Can't talk to kids sometimes though.
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Link Posted: 10/15/2008 3:29:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
As above, if he poopcans the cheap scope, practices, uses proper HUNTING/SOFTPOINT ammo, learns what a hundred yards looks like AND STICKS TO THAT RANGE AND NO MORE, he will do okay. There are certainly much better deer hunting rifles (and calibers) out there. Mostly I'm just glad to hear of a new hunter getting a start. Hopefully he will take all this to heart and have a good experience. Good luck!

Oh, you also need to teach him where to aim when the deer is standing in various positions. Most beginners aren't born knowing this and end up blasting at the middle of the deer's body.


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I appreciate the advice about targeting. I hadn't thought of ensuring he has that particular bit of knowledge in his cranium just yet.
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Link Posted: 10/15/2008 8:49:19 PM EST

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After a number of bench sessions to get familiar with her rifle and its function, I placed a dozen or so gallon jugs full of water in various places around her stand. Put at least one at 100 yards so he sees exactly how far it is, and how small that jug looks with iron sights. I had her sit in the stand, just like hunting, and shoot all those jugs.



Hey, I do that too.
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Link Posted: 10/19/2008 5:51:22 AM EST
did you poke that ones eye out


Originally Posted By dIIshoots:
The SKS works for me...

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I have found it to be a very good, dependable, short range rifle given proper hunting ammo is used.
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Link Posted: 10/19/2008 9:34:07 AM EST




Originally Posted By M60forever:
did you poke that ones eye out


Originally Posted By dIIshoots:
The SKS works for me...

i48.photobucket.com/albums/f234/DIIshoots/scandeer0001.jpg



I have found it to be a very good, dependable, short range rifle given proper hunting ammo is used.




yep...but I didn't shoot it in the head.
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Link Posted: 10/19/2008 12:39:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By dIIshoots:



Originally Posted By M60forever:
did you poke that ones eye out


Originally Posted By dIIshoots:
The SKS works for me...

i48.photobucket.com/albums/f234/DIIshoots/scandeer0001.jpg



I have found it to be a very good, dependable, short range rifle given proper hunting ammo is used.




yep...but I didn't shoot it in the head.


Looks like it was shot with a cannon.
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Link Posted: 10/19/2008 3:03:03 PM EST
SKS is a good reliable rifle. Ammo selection and quality however are another matter (at least in the past). Anyone have a specific catridge to recommend for the OP?


DONT try any of the FMJ surplus loadings.
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Link Posted: 10/20/2008 6:32:39 PM EST
These are available again after being gone for years.And that price is for a box of thirty rounds. Not twenty.Its just a tad bit more expensive than other hunting ammo in this caliber.Plus you can get more reloads out of Lapua brass.



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Link Posted: 10/23/2008 2:20:08 PM EST
I've taken plenty of deer with a Norinco SKS and I just use cheap wolf soft points. Out to a 100 yards, no problem. the furthest I've tried so far is 150 yrds but that might have been a fluke.
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Link Posted: 10/31/2008 10:13:37 AM EST
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I'm gonna give it a shot this year... then she gets her old kicks back.

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Link Posted: 10/31/2008 5:08:34 PM EST
That looks pretty sweet. Waiting for my buddy to get his shooter's safety card from LDWF. Looks like he lost it and it's holding up his getting a license.
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Link Posted: 10/31/2008 5:33:22 PM EST
Just make sure it's legal...many, of not most jurisdictions limit mag capacity to 5 rounds max, so check you local laws or get a 5 round mag.
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Link Posted: 10/31/2008 6:03:18 PM EST
Louisiana (where I'll be hunting) is not such a jurisdiction, but it's a valid concern. The mag pictured in my SKS hunter setup above is a 5-round Tapco detachable.
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Link Posted: 11/1/2008 8:14:42 AM EST
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Louisiana (where I'll be hunting) is not such a jurisdiction, but it's a valid concern. The mag pictured in my SKS hunter setup above is a 5-round Tapco detachable.


Yeah, the G.W. said I could use as large a mag as I wanted on my AR.

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Link Posted: 11/3/2008 6:40:23 PM EST
Like they said before the same ballistic as 30-30. I have 7.62X39 in a ruger bolt action my wife uses she has killed 4 deer over 150 and one at 180 with Win sp not bad ammo. I think that if use good ammo it is capable out to 200 yards It has more Knockdown than the 5.56.
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Link Posted: 11/10/2008 11:49:01 AM EST
I have shot deer with SKS's and an AK-47. Low recoil and reliable. Poor accuracy in any that I shot. I agree with the limitations of range and bullets but it will kill deer.
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Link Posted: 11/15/2008 4:51:13 PM EST
Poachers use the 7.62x39 on elephant all the time in Africa. I've got an Norinco SKS that I but new back in 1988. One of these days I may use it to deer hunt (finally bought some dies to reload for it this year)

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Link Posted: 11/26/2008 5:30:54 PM EST
I've shot deer with an sks before, dropped on the spot. Broadside shot at 75 yards using a Russian Hollowpoint, complete penetration tearing a 2" diameter hole out the back side.
Actually, the deer I killed with the sks dropped faster than the one I shot with my .30-06. I hit it right behind the shoulder and it ran almost 100 yards before it dropped.

As long as you don't try to take any long shots, the sks will work fine with decent expanding ammo.
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Link Posted: 1/18/2009 7:03:19 AM EST
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Using a stock SKS with iron sights, bagging a deer at 200yds shouldn't be a problem. If you do your part. The weak link is the stock iron sights. Replace with after market iron sights, there are some good ones out there. Get Bill Springfield to do a trigger job on you stock trigger. And you would have a fine deer rifle for under 200yds. My ballistics calculator numbers for Win Super X 123gr. SP. For stock SKS ( 1.4" ) above bore. Zero at 30yds

B.C. = .265
M.V. = 2,365fps.

100yds. = +0.8"
150yds. = -1.0"
200yds. = -5.2"
250yds. = -12.1"
300yds. = -22.3"
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