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SKS accuracy

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TRGFTJob, Sep 19, 2010.

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  1. TRGFTJob

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    Ive noticed that almost every report of sks accuracy makes them out to be very inaccurate weapons that arent capable of shooting groups smaller than a dinner plate at 100 yards. My brother and my dad both own a norinco sks, my dads bought unfired in 1989, and my brothers bought used a year ago, both guns are capable of shooting 3 inch groups at 100 yards with stock iron sights (if necessary i can go to the local rod and gun club and take vids/pic) and i personally own a piece of junk yugo sks bought used from an uncle (who said "it just wont hit targets any more") that shoots six inch groups (and i believe they are only that bad because of the piece of crap aftermarket stock he put on it a few months before selling it to me for 125 dollars) with stock iron sights. My question would be, were we just lucky in acquiring two accurate, and one semi accurate sks, or or these guns really more accurate than people give them credit for?
     
  2. TRGFTJob

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    i also believe that with a decent scope rail/mount or tech sights at least the two norincos groups could be tightened up quite a bit
     
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    With iron sights, steel cased Russian/Soviet ammo, and my old eyes, my commercial issue Norinco (bought new in '93) gives me 4-6" groups at 100 yards.

    I've tried to make it better by installing a Mojo peep sight and doing a slight trigger job with lighter spring, but my SKS still gives about the same group size. I get more satisfaction shooting my SKS at plinking targets than shooting paper since I have more accurate rifles that shoot paper better.

    All that said, I'm not that great of a shot. :p
     
  4. lions

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    Here is a 10 shot, 100 yard group from my old Yugo SKS. I don't have the exact measurement but those are 1" squares so its just about 3". Take that one hole on the right out and it is closer to 2" but that's the way it goes I guess.

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  5. TRGFTJob

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    we actually use ours at the yearly turkey shoots, and usually bring home first place hams, using the sandbags and actual gun rests provided at the turkey shoots we can reliably put at least every other shot into the 1 inch bullseye at one hundred yards..... but alas, most people seem to report vastly different results
     
  6. TRGFTJob

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    its good to see that at least a few other people get sub dinner plate groups :D
     
  7. briansmithwins

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    The best group on the best day with my Norinco SKS was 2MOA. Generally it runs 3MOA.

    BSW
     
  8. BHP FAN

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    Norinco SKS's and Russian or Yugo, are whole different animals.
     
  9. TRGFTJob

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    ive always thought so too, the ones ive had experience with jam less, operate smoother, and shoot better, but ive heard almost as many similar complaints about norincos, so i figured maybe ours were just lucky ones of the batch
     
  10. Ignition Override

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    Have you gentlemen seen what "hickok45" does with his generic AK from 100(+) yards on Youtube?
    He is standing, using only his arms. Why not with an SKS?

    You might be a bit surprised by his other gun skills.
     
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    I've had a coupla three or four Norincos over the years, and the are rugged, and minute of bad guy accurate, but when I got my 1954 Russian, my opinion of the SKS definately went up a few notches!
     
  12. foghornl

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    Two things reduce the SKS high accuracy potential....Short sighting radius/crude Military sights, and the other is (on some models, particularly the Yugo 59/66) HEAVY trigger pull.
     
  13. stubbicatt

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    I think that alot of it has to do with the shooter more so than the rifle.

    I think some shooters shoot different rifles better than they do other rifles, for whatever reason.

    Sometimes you meet someone who can take a really mediocre rifle and obtain outstanding accuracy with it. I have an acquaintance who is like that. His mini14 is ancient, and probably shot out by now, but he still pots prairie dogs from his hind legs at great distances with that thing.

    Now this fella went and bought one of those Chinese SKS several years back and off his hind legs with that chinese steel bullet ammo was chipping away at a rock maybe a little bigger than someone's head in a dry riverbed at 300 - 400 yards with that thing, again off his hind legs.

    I don't know how he does it, but seeing it is believing it. A real quiet man, with an easy laugh, and boy can he shoot.

    Now me with an SKS seems to offer proof to the standard wisdom about these rifles. Personally, I think it is more myself who is mediocre rather than the rifle. LOL ;)
     
  14. Grey Morel

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    For people who can shoot these types of rifles, 3 inches @ 100 yards is about the norm for quality AKs and the SKS.

    This does not apply to 90% of the shooting public, who THINK they are good shots, but have never actually had any training beyond plinking with uncle bob.

    I hate to pick on the military guys, i've got family in the armed services, but this applies to you as well. I've just met WAY too many guys who have never touched a rifle outside of their m16 in Basic Training; they can shoot well with an AR15 or similar gun, but if you give them any other kind of rifle all bets are off, and they have far too much trouble connecting with the target.

    Simple fact is that most shooters have NO idea how to approach an AK47 from an accuracy standpoint, despite their own minds to the contrary.
     
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    I think we have a internet shooter here....lol
     
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    My brother came over to the house with a SKS that he couldn't hit with an asked me to sight it in for him. I shot it and was amazed at how accurate it was. I refused to touch it. About a week later a friend asked me to go hunting with him on his property and to go with him to a gun show that same day. I called my brother an asked had anyone touched that gun, and said if not I wanted it. He said OK, while at the gun show I bought a folding stock for $41 then went to his house and bought the gun and shells for $90. In the next week or so I killed two deer with that gun. That's one gun that I'll never sell. It's hell on turtles.
     
  17. Texasgunlover

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    sks's far from a slouch

    I have 2 chi-com sks's and I must say that i'd have no problem dropping a man size target at at least 100 yds.
    When I shoot for accuracy,I have no problem shooting from a rest[a tree] getting a group about 3 to 4 inches.
    Not bad for a surplus rifle.I have found that if you swap the stocks,you can wrring out better groups.Try to swap stocks and see if it makes a differance.I certainly did
     
  18. TRGFTJob

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    well based on the general responses i have gotten here, and the responses ive gotten to several other posts..... i think im just going to start ignoring things that go against my personal experience, thanks for the feed back guys
     
  19. mac266

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    The best I ever did was 3" at 100 yards, and that was with a 4X scope. I'm not impressed with that at all. I shot a 1" group at 100 yards with a Mauser 98 (NOT sporterized) with iron sights, and the Mauser was decades older.

    Since then I sold all my military rifles, but bought a "special grade" (new barrel, rebuilt gun) M1 Garand from CMP. The M1 shoots VERY nice, but I'm still working up a load for it.
     
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    i've never put mine on paper but my norinco is really nice for hitting clay targets at 100 yards. i'm sure i could get good groups but it's more of a fun gun for me
     
  21. ifit

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    only shot 50 yards with my sino-soviet, as stated above with a longer sight radius i think i can do better

    10shots
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  22. Al Thompson

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    Ammo plays a big part here. I used my SKS for deer and was surprised at how much tighter the Winchester commercial ammo shot. I also have Tech-Sights on mine..
     
  23. oldbanjo

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    If I remember right the best SKS's had full lug barrels. Also changing stocks can improve accuracy. Gun oil can ruin a wooden stock.
     
  24. JTH

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    If you practice with your SKS you can learn to shoot quite accuratley. Practice!!! The SKS isn't a sniper rifle. As far as optics either none or a Tech Red Dot. I know I wouldn't want to take round from one.
    JT
     
  25. Bluehawk

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    ifit...I'm curious as to how your SKS can be a Sino-Soviet model since it has a cruciform bayonet?
     
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