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doublebuck
06-20-2012, 8:47 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!

lewdogg21
06-20-2012, 9:35 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.

chicoredneck
06-20-2012, 9:44 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.

180ls1
06-20-2012, 10:53 AM
Im sure it will get the job done, but if you have to question it maybe you should just take the 7mm.

doublebuck
06-20-2012, 1:23 PM
Now, this is probably ask hundreds of time. I can load 10rd in mag? What about the bayonet, should I take it off?

chicoredneck
06-20-2012, 1:37 PM
You can hunt with any CA legal rifle. 10 rounds and bayonets included

mcmikeblues7
06-20-2012, 1:53 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.

Rusty_Buckhorn
06-20-2012, 2:44 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...

brianinca
06-20-2012, 2:45 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.

Regards,
Brian in CA

lewdogg21
06-20-2012, 3:51 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?

doublebuck
06-20-2012, 4:21 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.

angrypeccary
06-20-2012, 4:29 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.

Milsurps
06-20-2012, 5:15 PM
Remove the blade.
Fiberglass stock.
fiberglass stock here (http://tickbitesupply.com/sksstk.html)
Light(er) weight SKS. :D

YMMV

wjc
06-20-2012, 5:22 PM
Make sure you use non-lead ammo certified by DFG if you're in the Condor Zone.

rino
06-20-2012, 5:40 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

KSoldier
08-04-2012, 10:40 PM
It's worth taking the SKS just for the sake of research.
Be sure to let us know how it goes!

lewdogg21
08-05-2012, 6:39 AM
Plus if you drop on it or fall down on it you won't cuss yourself.

mif_slim
08-05-2012, 7:16 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... ;)