I tried a scope on my SKS.


March 30, 2003, 08:05 PM
I went against everything I've read about mounting a scope on one of these. I got the kind that replaces the dust cover and has a short scope so the ejected shells don't hit it. Of course it won't hold zero even with a buffer in place. I ended up using it as a spotter scope to see where I was hitting at 100 yards with the iron sights!:D

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March 30, 2003, 08:08 PM
Your experience was much the same as mine!

March 30, 2003, 09:03 PM
I've tried various replacement covers without success. The best SKS mount is the steel Choate unit that requires you to drill and tap the left side of the receiver. It will hold zero every shot.

March 30, 2003, 09:12 PM
The one I have is a pretty good Romanian example. I hate to drill the receiver. I've seen pictures of one mounted over the hand gaurd on the gas chamber. Anybody have any experience with those?

March 30, 2003, 09:57 PM
Ditto on the drill and tap mounts! That's the kind I had on my SKS and it worked great.
I don't know if the Ultimak scope mount has a SKS version. If there is, that will be a good choice too.

March 30, 2003, 11:51 PM
I bought a scope and mount combo from Tapco.
The mount was the dust cover replacement type.It's a all 1 piece mount made of cast metal.
The scope is a BEC model.It to is short enough not to be hit by ejected shells.
I paid around $50 for the combo.
It does hold zero real well.I'll go months in between shooting it scoped and zero is still there.
Works well at 100 yards.
Well worth the little money I spent on it.

March 31, 2003, 12:18 AM
That's really an excemption based on what I usually hear about dust cover mounts!

March 31, 2003, 01:09 AM
Anyone try the replacement gas tube that has a weaver mount built into it? I've seen them on E-Bay. I have an extra pistol scope that I could use. Would be kind of a scout scope arrangement. Question is how stable is the gas tube? How hot would the scope get? Do they work?

March 31, 2003, 01:57 AM
You guys were all smarter than I was. I bought a regular-length scope, and a cheap little shell deflector. 1 out of every 4 shells missed the deflector, and eventually killed my scope after about 60 rounds. Back to iron sights for me!

March 31, 2003, 02:36 AM
well, since I only clean my SKS about once a year...........a reciever replacment cover would work, but scoping an SKS is a bit silly in the first place. I'm suprised they don't reject them like bad organ transplants. I did buy a replacment cover & scope a few years back at a gun show. I took a close look at the reciever replacment mount a few days later and promptly threw it right in the trash. The scope made it's way to a H&R Handi-Rifle single shot .223.

Iron sights ROCK!!

March 31, 2003, 08:01 AM
I had a see-thru Bsquare mount on mine that fit over the original dust cover that held zero just fine, but kind messed up the balance. I ended up with a dust cover replacement mount in a trade, so now I've got it on there and like the balance much better, but I haven't had the chance to take it out yet. We shall see. What I really want is a millet scout mount, but that's way down my project list for now.

March 31, 2003, 09:55 AM
The stock allen head mount screws had to be replaced with oversized allens.They kept walking themselves loose.Even with locktite theyd walk out.So I went down to Sears and bought 4 oversized,retapped and work fine now.
Remarkeably cheap,shoots well scoped,and unscoped, 3 inch groups out to 100 yards,Barnul softpoint ammo.Like to shoot off a bipod for stability.

March 31, 2003, 11:49 AM
FYI, here's a link to some actualy SKS snipers. They all used side mounts. The link is on a website that has a low bandwidth so if you can't get it the first time, try it later. You'll be glad you did.


I purchased the Kalinka POSP scope designed for the SKS. The SKS receiver has a nice flat slab to mount to and the Yugoslavians and others all mounted the mounting bar there without any issues. In addition, this scope, which has a lighted recitle calibrated for 7.62 x 39, was shipped to me from Russia, complete with manual, eyepiece, mounting bar, and zippered case and it's current Russian issue all for $120 to my door. :D


March 31, 2003, 01:56 PM
3 inch groups out to 100 yards,

glockt, were those 5 shot groups at 100 yards?

March 31, 2003, 03:26 PM
Yea, drill and tap is really the best way to go. Some folks have had good experience with dust cover mounts, but not the majority. The gas tube mount isn't any better.

The Choate mount is very solid and I can remove it and replace it without losing zero. This cheap little short 4x scope is holding up just fine too. Best part is I can unscrew the cheek rest and use the iron sights also.



March 31, 2003, 11:09 PM
Hey DMK, Is that the choate stock, and do you like it? I was gonna get one for my 10/22, but hate mailordering feely things like stocks.

April 1, 2003, 01:34 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I was going to get one of these but not now.

April 1, 2003, 10:06 PM
Yea zahc, it's a Choate.

It's a fine stock. Very stout and well made. I tweaked it a bit here and there though. As you can see in the pics, I modified the attaching hardware for the cheekpiece so it's easily removable. I cut the rings off the sling mounts and drilled them through so I can use Uncle Mike's QD rings (and then ended up not using them at all anyway:rolleyes: ). I also bedded it with Brownell's Acraglass since it was a tad loose at the front. That may be just an SKS thing though.

I got it on Gunbroker.com There was a guy there who was selling them all the time for cheap, still may be.

May 18, 2003, 02:29 AM
cool9mm, what make and model is the mount? It's not the Millett, is it?

May 18, 2003, 02:31 AM
What drill/tap mounts are out there for the SKS rifle? What one's the best?

May 18, 2003, 02:35 PM

May 18, 2003, 04:43 PM
Man, I just threw the box out the other day! The scope says "Ultralux" on it, the reciever cover is unmarked. I got the set up at a gun show for about $40.

May 19, 2003, 03:05 PM
The CHEAP, 20-30 dollar surplus 4x fixed Chineese and Russian scopes work fine for me.
They have super thick crosshairs and are built to take a beating.

My AK uses a drill/tap side mount but my SKS uses a top mount.

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