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Mini or SKS-

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Squidward, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. Squidward

    Squidward Well-Known Member

    Mini 14 or SKS?

    Which is easier to work on for the lay person?
    Which is a better performer
    Which round is a better performer?

    If its an SKS, which one? Russion, Chinese???
    If it's the mini standard or ranch?

    It'll be used to teach the kids how to shoot a rifle and as a HD and SHTF tool.

    Depending on the answers, I'll be buying at least 2. I'd go to SKS or Mini 14 forums, but I'd like unbiased opinions.

    I'm sure this has been asked before, so directions to the proper thread will be appreciated.
  2. .45Guy

    .45Guy Well-Known Member

    SKS on all three points. I have owned all three, and contrary to popular opinion the SK's blew the mini out of the water in both accuracy and reliability, even with the much maligned "duckbill mags." Bear in mind, this is just my experience, I'm sure that there are plenty of folks who have had experiences to the contrary.
  3. Borachon

    Borachon Well-Known Member

    Agreed. SKS.

    One of the best values in terms of price versus quality out there.

    You might think about getting a shooter quality Yugoslavian. Dirt cheap and a good shooter.
  4. Kurush

    Kurush Well-Known Member

    Yugo SKS
  5. Spot77

    Spot77 Well-Known Member

    I agree - sks

    You can pick up an sks for an average of about $100.

    Great tool to train with.
  6. Darth Ruger

    Darth Ruger Well-Known Member

    A .22LR would be better for that purpose. Preferably a bolt-action, to teach them the importance of shot placement over firepower.
  7. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    Can't do that with a .22.

    If the kid(s) in question can reliably hold up the SKS, sure...why not. Very little kick and it makes one HELL of an impression when you hit a water jug or melon.

    But if they are really young kids, definitely a cheap kid sized bolt-action .22. I even saw a tiny pink one at WalMart the other day...:rolleyes:
  8. Pietro Beretta

    Pietro Beretta Well-Known Member

    SKS all the way!

    (Except for you kids, then a 10/22)
  9. pdt203

    pdt203 Well-Known Member

    Mini-14... because I own one. :neener:

    Johnny in Huntsville
  10. dasmi

    dasmi Well-Known Member

  11. Squidward

    Squidward Well-Known Member

  12. Squidward

    Squidward Well-Known Member

    The smallest kid (of the ones still at home) is 6-0, 175.

    I'm looking at supplying the whole family with like weapons for training and ammo commonality reasons.

    I have enough pistols and pistol ammo to go around, but we are seriously lacking in the rifle arena.
  13. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

  14. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    sks. It will meet all the requirements that you want it to fill. I see no problem with the kids shooting the sks, it will have more kick to it but I think it will be fine. I have let many people that are recoil sensative shoot the sks and they had absolutly no problems at all. I have a chinese by the way. It is awesome and I have had absolutly no problems with it. It even shoots better than my ak. Ammo is cheap and for the shtf scenario there are some very nice sp loads out there!
  15. Cpl Punishment

    Cpl Punishment Well-Known Member

    Hands down, the SKS.

    Not only are they more accurate and more reliable, but they load quickly from stripper clips (which are very inexpensive), and the best part is, you can get 3, maybe 4 SKSs for each Mini-30, depending on the deals in your area.
  16. longhorngunman

    longhorngunman Well-Known Member

    SKS all the way! Aim surplus has their shooter grades on sale now for $80! I got one several months ago when they were $100. A few dents and dings on the stock, most of the blueing gone, the bore looked brand new though and I can pop a coke can at 80 yards all day long.:) Aim has the unissued ones (brand new guns soaked in cosmoline) for $140. www.aimsurplus.com
  17. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Sks, Chinese
  18. warriorsociologist

    warriorsociologist Well-Known Member

  19. deputy tom

    deputy tom Well-Known Member

    I own both but if I had to do it all over again I'd buy two SKS's instead of one Mini-14.I'd buy the cheaper commie pistols as well.Lots of ammo could be had for the money wasted on all the "up-scale " firearms I've purchased over the years.Ammo that could be used in fun and practice.Oh well.tom.:confused:
  20. mr.trooper

    mr.trooper Well-Known Member


    1) much easyer to work on.

    2) Better preformance

    3) 7.62x39 hits harder

    4) More parts and upgrades

    5) Cheaper parts and upgrades

    6) More rugged design.

    7) Cheaper initial investment

    8) Cheaper upkeep

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