View Full Version : thinking about taking my sks out deer hunting

06-20-2012, 7:47 AM
I have a 7mag but was thinking about trying out my russian sks for a few trips, shots will be under 150yds and will be using soft points. Should I just take my 7mag instead? Any experience will be apreciated!

06-20-2012, 8:35 AM
It's balistically pretty similar to a .30-30 supposedly. I may do the same in some areas where it's all heavy brush and 50 yards is a long shot. Mif-slim hunts with his all the time I believe.

06-20-2012, 8:44 AM
It is a capable cartridge if you are in an area where shots over 150 yards are not possible. IME, SKS's can be a bit heavy and clunky for that kind of work, though.

06-20-2012, 9:53 AM
Im sure it will get the job done, but if you have to question it maybe you should just take the 7mm.

06-20-2012, 12:23 PM
Now, this is probably ask hundreds of time. I can load 10rd in mag? What about the bayonet, should I take it off?

06-20-2012, 12:37 PM
You can hunt with any CA legal rifle. 10 rounds and bayonets included

06-20-2012, 12:53 PM
Now, this is probably ask hundreds of time. I can load 10rd in mag? What about the bayonet, should I take it off?

I would take the bayonet off to conserve weight. that being said, I hunt with a very heavy milsurp, but I take the bayonet off.

06-20-2012, 1:44 PM
I curious as to why with the SKS? You have a hunting rifle, why not use it? I mean, it's like taking trout gear off shore, just to say you did it. Not saying it won't work, but...

06-20-2012, 1:45 PM
I like SKS's, I like 762x39 for deer/pig hunting, I just wouldn't hunt with an SKS while walking. Too heavy for the job. It's tough to find non-lead 762x39 but Barnes makes an excellent bullet for the job if you reload (for non-lead areas).

I have a Ruger Mini-30 I've used for years, it's at least 1.5 lb lighter with a low-mag scope. Crawling through the bush country that is best suited for 762x39 or 30-30 Win is a lot less fun with a too heavy rifle.

The SKS makes a great Jeep gun, but not such a good walking around gun.

7mm is tough to beat, in any case.

Brian in CA

06-20-2012, 2:51 PM
Where I would use it open sights is preferred against a scope and it would be optimum while still huntin through the crap. For the OP if this is true for you then I can see using the SKS. However when you say under 150 yards are there locations where you need the "reach out and touch" distance of the 7mm Mag?

06-20-2012, 3:21 PM
Yeah I wanted to use the sks for thick cover with open sight, my 7mm is set up for long range, 4.5-14 scope. Thanks for alll the replies.

06-20-2012, 3:29 PM
i was thinking of using my saiga ak instead of using my rem700 this season. i think my saiga is lighter than my heavy barrel rem700p.

06-20-2012, 4:15 PM
Remove the blade.
Fiberglass stock.
fiberglass stock here (http://tickbitesupply.com/sksstk.html)
Light(er) weight SKS. :D


06-20-2012, 4:22 PM
Make sure you use non-lead ammo certified by DFG if you're in the Condor Zone.

06-20-2012, 4:40 PM
Do it ,why not. The 762 x39 is capable , just dont shot past the limits of yourself or the rifle ,a well placed shot is a well placed shot

08-04-2012, 9:40 PM
It's worth taking the SKS just for the sake of research.
Be sure to let us know how it goes!

08-05-2012, 5:39 AM
Plus if you drop on it or fall down on it you won't cuss yourself.

08-05-2012, 6:16 AM
I hunted with a SKS, does the job just as good as any other rifle as long as you know YOUR capability.

I'll leave the bayo on because you might need it to fend yourself from evil grey squirrels... ;)