Who makes synthetic stocks for an SKS?


October 11, 2003, 01:42 PM
I'm trying to lighten up my SKS. Who makes a good synthetic stock for them? Also, is there any other way to lighten them up?


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Futo Inu
October 11, 2003, 01:58 PM
Butler Creek and Ramline, maybe others.


Some have hollow buttstocks - these would be even lighter.

To lighten the SKS I used to have, I just dremel-cut the bayo lug completely off as close to the bbl as possible, along with the bipod I had had connected via this lug. Beyond that, dunno how to lighten it.

October 11, 2003, 02:14 PM
There was a thread on Survivors SKS forum where they were comparing the synthetic stocks to the originals. It turns out that the aftermarket stocks were heavier! Even those specifically marketed as light weight. :rolleyes:

You don't say what kind of SKS you have, but the lightest stock is probably the original Norinco wood stocks. The fiberglass "Jungle Stocks" weigh about the same.

October 11, 2003, 02:21 PM
They also have some other brands.

October 11, 2003, 02:50 PM
The SKS runs like a truck. Heavy and nonstop :D

I would love to lighten one up but I cannot see how. The bolt weighs a ton, maybe an aluminum receiver? Anything I can think of requires complete re-engineering.

October 11, 2003, 07:36 PM
advanced technologies www.atigunstocks.com

October 11, 2003, 11:37 PM
Many people reccommend Choate stocks for the SKS. I have an old Monte Carlo on one of mine marked Combat somethingorother... It is a decent stock. The reviews on ATI are mixed. I am considering getting an ATI for my SKS Sporter only because they are the only company that seems to make one for this SKS variant (takes AK mags). If anyone knows of another company that makes a drop in stock for this gun let me know.

You might try.



October 11, 2003, 11:41 PM
By the way the poster that indicated that wood was probably lighter is right. We are not talking about high density hardwood here. The stock SKS I have is lighter than the one with the Monte Carlo stock by far. Can't compare a Fiberforce style for folding stock style. I imagine those would be lighter than the nylon Monte Carlos.

Wood is still a good option for stocks. I really like my all original SKS. It does have a rubber buttpad that extends the LOP about an inch. The SKS Sporter is the lightest of the bunch. It has a shorter barrel though.

Mike Irwin
October 12, 2003, 01:25 AM
I have a Choat stock on mine.

Want to see it, being shot by a friend?

Find a copy of the April 1994 American Rifleman magazine. :)

October 12, 2003, 09:42 AM
Thanks for all the replies. Maybe I'll just forget trying to make it lighter and look to making it fit me better. Sounds like I might get better LOP if I get one of the synthetic stocks.

Is the Choate better than the Ramline? Is there a Hogue or something better?

Thanks again,

October 12, 2003, 03:39 PM
I've got the Choate Dragunov-style stock on mine, very nice. Can't comment on the Ramline and Hogue stocks, but the Choate is worlds better than the ATI POS I used to have... ATI's drag-style stock is crap compared to the Choate, it's cheaper though so...

October 12, 2003, 06:00 PM
I love the Choate dragunov I put on mine.

October 14, 2003, 02:00 AM
Prefer the Ramline stock myself - the increased Length of Pull was very welcome -


October 15, 2003, 12:49 AM
Nice family photo there, rayra!

Avoid the ATI Dragunov stock -- there is a huge unnecessary hump of plastic that sticks up right behing the receiver cover which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to field strip without taking the stock off (which is a pain anyway). Some very careful hacksaw work will remove that hump, but going with a Choate is easier.

You can see it here if you look carefully http://www.atigunstocks.com/sksfiber.html
follow the line of the pistol grip straight up to the back of the receiver cover. Compare that picture to the monte carlo http://www.atigunstocks.com/sksmonte.html which doesn't have that hump.

You'd think ATI would have corrected it by now... :rolleyes:

October 15, 2003, 01:05 AM


October 15, 2003, 12:47 PM
What is the difference between the Choate and Ramline stocks (standatd - not dragonov)? Which is considered to be higher quality?


October 15, 2003, 02:37 PM
A cursory inspection of both didn't leave me with any impression of major differences between them.
The Ramline doesn't come with a recoil pad, the Choate does, but for 7.62x39, who needs one?
They (and the Butler Creek version) only seem to differ in the styling of the grip. And they are all within a couple dollars of each other.

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