Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Truck gun; K31, SKS, or Mosin ?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by epijunkie67, Sep 19, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. epijunkie67

    epijunkie67 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    690
    Location:
    East TN
    Been keeping a lever .357 in my truck for a while now but considering switching it out with something a little less... nice. I currently own at least one of all three rifles in question and all are more than acceptably accurate out to 100 yards with iron sights. I drive a full sized Silverado so finding room also isn't a problem.

    So. K31 swiss, SKS in 7.62X39, or Mosin Nagant in 7.62X54R? I've also considered cutting down the Mosin to 17-18 inches but wondered about the effects on bullet performance.

    So between these three options, which would you recommend for general "just to have a long arm available in the vehicle" gun. And yes, I've already considered a shotgun but prefer a rifle.
     
  2. SaMx

    SaMx Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2007
    Messages:
    1,064
    Location:
    back and forth between PA and VA
    I would pick the sks, no doubt.
     
  3. gbran

    gbran Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,971
    Location:
    california
    Ditto the SKS.
     
  4. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2002
    Messages:
    11,109
    SKS. Figure out a way to lock it up.

    Mike
     
  5. Regolith

    Regolith Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    1,365
    Location:
    Nevada & Oregon
    If you reload, go with the k31. They have a reputation for being extremely accurate. If you don't reload, go with the SKS. The ammunition is much easier to obtain.
     
  6. Madmardig0n

    Madmardig0n Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2003
    Messages:
    37
    Location:
    Central TX
    +1 for the SKS. I got one in June specifically for a trunk gun. They're fairly accurate, cheap (shouldn't be more than $200) and a ten round capacity in stock form. Grab some stripper clips for it and go.
     
  7. Squidward

    Squidward Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2005
    Messages:
    353
    Location:
    Friendly California
    The K31 is too pretty.

    The MN too big

    The SKS is just right
     
  8. SoCalShooter

    SoCalShooter Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2006
    Messages:
    3,091
    Location:
    That's for me to know and not you!
    SKS and make sure you have the bayonet...never know when your gonna need it...personally I think all guns should come with a bayonet.
     
  9. Regolith

    Regolith Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    1,365
    Location:
    Nevada & Oregon
    If you ever need a bayonet on a rifle...well, lets just say you've done something wrong. :neener:
     
  10. SoCalShooter

    SoCalShooter Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2006
    Messages:
    3,091
    Location:
    That's for me to know and not you!
    Really? I have never gotten to that point but I always thought it would be a good idea to have it just in case.
     
  11. Regolith

    Regolith Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    1,365
    Location:
    Nevada & Oregon
    Well, if your initiating hand to hand combat with a rifle bayonet, it means your either 1) out of bullets, or 2) your rifle done broke. And you let whatever your locked in combat with get close enough that you need to go hand to hand. So yeah, I'd say something went SERIOUSLY wrong for you to need a bayonet. Not that I'm saying its stupid to have a bayonet with you, just saying that actually needing to use it simply means Murphy decided he no longer likes you. ;)
     
  12. SoCalShooter

    SoCalShooter Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2006
    Messages:
    3,091
    Location:
    That's for me to know and not you!
    I figured the extra help could not be bad. never know when a sharp pointy piece of metal on a long solid piece of wood could come in handy.
     
  13. Arkie

    Arkie Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    Messages:
    595
    Location:
    Arkansas
    I would also go for the SKS.

    I wouldn't want to scratch my K31. LOL.
     
  14. jpwilly

    jpwilly Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2007
    Messages:
    3,892
    Location:
    Phoenix AZ
    SKS or Romanian AK!
     
  15. Deles136

    Deles136 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    214
    Location:
    Lower SC
    SKS - You want fast way before you worry about accurate.
     
  16. Navy joe

    Navy joe Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    2,362
    Location:
    VA
    I own 4 K31s, it's a disease. That said, SKS no doubt. Trucks are mobile, no telling how far away from home base you may be when you decide you need ammo. 7.62x39 is way more common than the other two options.

    On the flip side if you have a nice looking truck(read something somebody would want to break into) the odder ammo of the K31 or Mosin may come in handy in limiting a thief's ammo supply. That's why if zombie bears do end the world I am giving anyone worthy a K-31, that way I control the ammo pile if loyalties change.
     
  17. grimjaw

    grimjaw Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Messages:
    3,358
    Location:
    Arkansas
    IMO, the SKS, if it's the commercial Chinese shortened variant. Extremely handy.

    2nd place would be an M38.

    jm
     
  18. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Messages:
    1,541
    Location:
    Under a rock somewhere
    SKS, semi-auto over bolt. If you really wanted to go with one of the bolts I'd say K31 due to ease of operation and no 2x4 required like on the mosin. K31 ammo is pricey and can't just go anywhere and pick up a box.
     
  19. epijunkie67

    epijunkie67 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    690
    Location:
    East TN
    Wow, I gotta say I'm really shocked. I really expected there to be a much broader range of opinion on this. The SKS does after all fire the weakest most short ranged round of all three. I figured there would be the "accurate powerful slower bolt" vs "Semi-auto but less accurate and weaker" argument.
     
  20. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2002
    Messages:
    11,109
    If you're talking trunk gun, you're probably talking about dispatching wounded animals at close range, SD or SHTF. In any of those scenarios the 7.62x39 is more than adequate, and in the latter two semi-auto is highly preferred. Ergo, SKS wins, hands down.

    Mike
     
  21. dstorm1911

    dstorm1911 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,143
    Location:
    Tucson, Az most of the time
    Well don't know bout less powerfull, 7.62x39 is ballistically identical to the 30/30 but with a better boat tail spire pointed bullet and seein as how the 30/30 has served VERY well as a truck gun/saddled gun for a lil over a century with no complaints a semi auto more accurate version can't be too bad...... SKS cheap so ya aren't going to care if it gets beat up, ammo is still cheaper than any other caliber and available pretty much everywhere from $4 per box wolf to commercial stuff starting at around $13 per 20 (can't get 30/30 for that) A ton of Chicom SKSs been ridin in truck gun racks on the rezes out here in AZ for decades as well as just bein tossed in those same truck beds and ridin on ATVs and in sand rails all over the state cause they are cheap and totally dependable under the harshest conditions, I know many indians that daily take down coyotes out to 300 yards without any problem several times a day out here........ so guess they are plenty accurate enough for truck gun use without needin to be pampered, most of the ones ya see in indian trucks and in saddle scabbards are generally pretty rusty from the total lack of maintanence or even basic cleaning.......
     
  22. Misfire99

    Misfire99 member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2007
    Messages:
    332
    Wow, I gotta say I'm really shocked. I really expected there to be a much broader range of opinion on this. The SKS does after all fire the weakest most short ranged round of all three. I figured there would be the "accurate powerful slower bolt" vs "Semi-auto but less accurate and weaker" argument.

    Well in that case I will put in my two cents. I think you should carry the Mosin in something like an M38 or M44. The reason is if you want to shoot something you want to kill it. This might not happen with an SKS. The 7.62x39 is very weak. Works fine for soft skinned two legged targets but not so well for a bear. My self I would rather shoot one bullet and get the job done then ten bullets and not get it done.

    And yes I do think there is a place for a bayonet on a rifle. But not to fight with but to cook meat over the fire on. But you have to be carefull to not shoot your mouth off.
     
  23. Spiggy

    Spiggy Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2005
    Messages:
    651
    Location:
    The Sunny PR of Kalifornistanichevolakia, Right be
    Yes, but considering that it's serving as a truck gun, you won't be using it to engage targets out of you sight range. It'll be for closer hostilities. Unless you're trying to pick a battle, the SKS will work just fine. It's cheap to feed, easy to clean (if you ever have to), and the size and weight is just right for storage.

    If you gotta though, why don't you get a shotgun too?
     
  24. RandyB

    RandyB Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2003
    Messages:
    460
    Location:
    indiana
    Depending on what your needs ar for a trunk gun. For me my needs would be:
    Personal protection
    Putting down the odd farm animal
    The odd "Hey I got a bit of free time, lets stop by the gun range and shoot a bit."

    Any of the three would work. Due to the needs of persoanl protection, I do not see anyone threatening me at 600 meters so the SKS with its 10 round, semi-auto would serve better as a close range weapon (which is why the semi-autos replaced the bolt guns in the military) and for close range action.

    So my vote is for the SKS also, which is interesting since I don't own one.
     
  25. grizz

    grizz Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2005
    Messages:
    412
    Location:
    Eagle River, AK
    Saiga?
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page