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Contrast recoil 7.62x39 vs .223

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AnthonyC., Aug 23, 2007.

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  1. AnthonyC.

    AnthonyC. Member

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    I feel like im asking to many questions and taking up peoples time but, I was wondering what the recoil is like out of an SKS 7.62x39 compared to a bolt action .223? I would think that the recoil is similar? right?


    Srry for bothering everyone,:eek:


    A.C.
     
  2. Anteater1717

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    Don’t worry about asking too many questions it gives me something to read. I have no personal experience but supposedly recoil is very mild with a SKS.
     
  3. CDignition

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    Recoil is a bit more than a 223, but it isn't bad. Much less that a 30-30 lever gun
     
  4. GunNut

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    The recoil is not that much worse, but keep in mind that a SKS has a fairly short stock and metal butt pad.

    You'll know that you have fired a real gun, but it won't knock you over backwards.
     
  5. Technosavant

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    I've never fired a bolt .223, but SKS recoil is negligible. A touch more than you get out of a .22LR rifle. The weight of the firearm keeps things nice and kind.

    You'll run out of ammo and energy before your shoulder starts hurting.
     
  6. AnthonyC.

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    So you have been reading my threads huh? well i still cant decied on what to get and its really starting to kill me, ever since i have fired my friend's .222 and 30-06 i have been longing for some more centerfire action...lol
     
  7. CDignition

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    Think M1 Garand.
     
  8. AnthonyC.

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    You know your not helping by putting more expensive options in to the mix?:neener::scrutiny: :banghead::mad:gosh dangit dont ever do that again.
     
  9. W.E.G.

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    You can probably buy THREE SKS rifles for less than you would pay for a scoped .223 bolt gun.

    So, from that perspective the bite of the SKS is much less than the .223.

    Better yet, 7.62x54R ammo is cheap, and so are the M44 Nagants.
    Yep. That's the ticket. An M44 and a case of 54R.
    Practice shooting from the prone position a lot. T-shirts in hot weather. :evil:
     
  10. trueblue1776

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    If you shot a .30-06, the recoil of an SKS would feel like an airgun, the .223 bolt gun might be about a powerful airgun. You'll be fine with either one, recoil-wise anyhow.
     
  11. ROMAK IV

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    Get an SKS, a Chinese "sporter" with a thunbhole stock and a rubber recoil pad, get a US made pin on muzzle brake, a US made op rod, a US made gas piston, a US made AK magazine, and a US made upper handguard, and it will recoil so mild, you will wonder if it actually fired. Just kidding, both rifles will have a mild recoil, becasuse they are lower power, and the SKS because it is also semiautomatic.
     
  12. ndolson

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    Or you could just buy an AK-47...

    Nothing against tricking out an SKS, but by the time you add all those extras, might as well spend an extra hundred or two over a stock SKS and get the real deal.

    Either way, you will have lots of fun though.

    IMO the 7.62x39 has slightly more recoil than the .223, but both are negligible compared to larger calibers.
     
  13. Samuraigg

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    Yeah the recoil from the Garand really surprised me. Had a bruise on my shoulder after firing only 40 rounds or so, maybe I wasn't holding it firmly against my shoulder enough.

    The recoil from the SKS is not bad at all.
     
  14. Outlaws

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    Shouldering an SKS is like shouldering a 2x4. That tiny cartridge car barely be felt.
     
  15. foghornl

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    I have a Yugo 59/66 SKS. With the grenade launcher, g/l sights, heavy blade bayonet, etc the weight really cuts down on the recoil. Not quite as much 'kick' as my Marlin .30-30
     
  16. woof

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    7.62x39 recoil is about 7 ft/lbs and .223 is about 3.5. For comparison a .30-30 is about 10-11 and a .30-06 about 17. The difference between the x39 and .223 can be significant for some shooters. My wife doesn't like the x39 but is comfortable with the .223.
     
  17. GunTech

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    Recoil is a function of weapon weight, bukllet weight, velocity and powder charge. You can't compare them without al those factors. Shooting the same round out of the same platform will at least give you comparitive recoil between the rounds only.

    For example, shooting the 223 in a 9 pound rifle generates 2.8 ft-lbs
    The 7.62x39 in the same weight rifle generates 5.7 ft-lbs

    If we reduce the weight to 7 pounds the 223 recoil energy goes up to 3.6 ft-lbs and the 7.72x39 goes up to about 7.3.

    Keeping the weight equal, 223 has about half the recoil, however if we don't make the weight equal, that is compare a 9 pound 7.62 to a 7 pound 223, the diofference is less: 3.9 ft-lbs vs 5.7 ft-lbs.

    There are several recoil calculators on the web - for example: http://www.handloads.com/calc/recoil.asp
     
  18. MD_Willington

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    .223 has recoil ?

    :neener:

    maybe just a bit... :D
     
  19. elenius

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    There's a big difference in the "feel" of the recoil of a bolt action and a semi-auto. The bolt going back forward on a semi-auto pushes the muzzle back down a bit again. (I don't have a bolt gun, but the last shot in the mag on my semi-auto is way different from the rest).
     
  20. BeJaRa

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    honestly, I think my norinco SKS with chicom ammo has as much felt recoil as my M1 Garand. It has alot to do with weight of the rifle, the action (semi vs bolt) plus the egornomics of the weapon that gives you your percieved recoil. I have shot several 223 in my life and never thought any of them had any substantial recoil. a 20" govt profile AR as slightly more recoil than a 22 LR to me
     
  21. RockyMtnTactical

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    Don't feel bad about asking questions, that's why most of us are here. To answer questions and ask them ourselves.

    The recoil of an SKS will be slightly more than that of a .223 but it's not all that bad. It's still fairly tame in terms of recoil.
     
  22. Nameless_Hobo

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    Barely any versus nothing.
    They're both so miniscule that most anybody can shoot it well.
     
  23. pdowg881

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    I wouldn't even describe the sks as having any recoil. To me it's more of a "jump". It jumps a little when I shoot it. Mine's also a yugo 59/66 though and I beleive it's a pound or two heavier than the other variants.
     
  24. mljdeckard

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    Come to think of it, I've only fired .223 in ARs, and varmint set-up bolt rifles. Both of these soak up a LOT of recoil. I've never felt a .223 in a light-meduim weight bolt rifle. The pretty heavy rifle for the cartridge, and I find that the cycling of the action is more significant than the actual recoil.

    My dad rolled his eyes when I puld it out the first time, then I told him how much the rifle and ammo cost, and he saw it my way.
     
  25. JonB

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    :evil: Certainly would be a bit different that a .223 or SKS.

     
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