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Terry G 12-01-2016 01:11 PM

Russian SKS in Canada $199.95 CD
Happened to be browsing the SKS outlets and saw this Canadian ad for used Russian SKS's in "Fair" condition for $200.00 CD. That like, what, $140.00 US? Not restricted means the magazine capacity has been changed to five. I would take two or three at that price.

Garand 12-01-2016 03:32 PM

I bought my Chinese one, new , for $169.00 (cdn) about 9 years ago, I still think I over paid for it.

Terry G 12-02-2016 11:17 AM

Don't like the Chinese one, or you just don't like the SKS?

BigBassMan 12-02-2016 11:39 AM

Had one way back, late 80s or early 90s, stock was way too short for my arms, took it to a auction an made quite a bit on it. Have not looked at any since an don't plan to.

Terry G 12-02-2016 12:11 PM

The stock's on SKS's and Russian and Chinese AK's are, overall, short for the average American shooter. Like any Military firearm you just have to adapt to it. I have always liked the SKS and I find it more accurate than the AK. Like anything it's a matter of personal preference. I greatly prefer the CZ82 over the Makarov, but I like both.

John in AR 12-02-2016 12:23 PM

[QUOTE=BigBassMan;269122]Had one way back, late 80s or early 90s, stock was way too short for my arms, took it to a auction an made quite a bit on it. Have not looked at any since an don't plan to.[/QUOTE]
Definitely too short for me as well; the inevitable result of oversized American oafs trying to use a gun that was made for little chinese guys. Didn't fit right at all, but darn if it didn't just run & run & run, at $84 per 1,200 rounds at the time.

Terry G 12-02-2016 12:34 PM

A little side note: American Soldiers and Marines were sent to Russian in 1919 as part of the Allied Intervention Committee when the Red Russians were fighting the White Russians in the revolution. Upon their arrival they had to give up their 1903 Springfields in exchange for Russian Mosin-Nagant's. The reason was 7.62MM Russian ammunition was everywhere in the billions of rounds while .30/06 would have to be shipped there. The American forces universally hated the Mosin-Nagant as being ill fitting and terribly balanced for the American frame.

gripper 12-02-2016 01:27 PM

Oddly enough the Mosin Nagant, the SKS and the AK seem to be a natural fit for my chimp-like/Zek build...could explain a lot,given my preferences.

Terry G 12-02-2016 02:56 PM

I have been lucky in that I have very little problem adjusting to rifle stocks or pistol grips. Two exceptions were the Nagant revolver and the wire stocked M-3 Sub-Machine gun.

gripper 12-02-2016 02:59 PM

I don't know many people for whom the Nagant revolver actually fit...the Grease Gun was a handy little housecleaning implement, but to call it refined would be a stretch.

Garand 12-02-2016 03:32 PM

[QUOTE=Terry G;269098]Don't like the Chinese one, or you just don't like the SKS?[/QUOTE]

I bought one years ago to shoot in World War 2 re-enactor matches. It is a nice , fast handling carbine that shoots cheap surplus ammunition. I just prefer a rifle that fires a more accurate cartridge. The SKS is horrible trying to take out 12"x12" steel plates at 400 yds or B Zone plates at 25 yds. The 7.62mm x 39mm was not designed for accuracy but to "spray and pray" by a peasant with a grade 2 (if he was lucky) education.

I always get a laugh when I hit the local range and I see someone with a scope mounted. When you engage targets in rapid fire mode the " barrel whip" of the SKS just gives you larger group. Keep in mind that I am a product of my early training, my first 6 years of competitive shooting were in the Service Rifle & Service Sniper categories. I grew up carrying an FN for 13 years.

gripper 12-02-2016 03:44 PM

I myself have found a wide spread of accuracy ranges between the various types (pressed and pinned barrels vs Milled receiver/stepped heavy screw in barrel)... Sometimes the ones you'd least expect outshoot the ones with a better reputation: IE my Chicom Spiker (Arsenal 26)routinely outshoots a friend's 1954 dated Russian... Where my 1950 dated Tula shoots great, but the rifle is VERY sensitive to commercial soft primers vs old East Bloc Chinese Frankenstein (1960's made Milled receiver, stepped HB ;screwed in)that I got as a barreled action and no stock(I stuck it in an old overweight synthetic Monte Carlo type stock and installed Williams sights?? A heavy Pig,but scary accurate.
Nope. Not going to Camp Perry..but torso hits on man sjzed targets from 200-400 with a rifle you've used before and sights that you can see?? Doable. More so if it's a good one.
There basically a " milsurp utility carbine ". Some things they do BETTER than a more refined weapon. Other things? Different tools in the box..for something beyond 400 meters and Bad visibility/contrast? Definitely grab something else if you can. For me,these days ;it's my VKT Finn M39...beyond that, they're someone else's problem.

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