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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Nestor, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    ...I'm awaiting a CZ vz.58 those days and planning forward my next purchase.
    I'm somehow tore apart between M14 from Norinco and the unfired, brand new Russian SKS rifles that are available around.
    I did the research on Norinco already, but because of the ammo price and the cost of the rifle itself (SKS would be 50% less) I can't make my mind here.
    What's your experience with this platform?
    I know it's pretty reliable, not that much accurate, fun plinker, but that's it.
    Can You educate me a little bit more, please?
    Is it a cheap knock-off or decent, fun deal?
    Here are the pictures of the rifles that I can (possibly) buy:

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  2. wavetrain75

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    If it is actually a Tula it's one of the nicest SKSs you can buy. If the price is right you should go for it.

    SKSs are one of the most reliable semi-auto rifles ever made, a little bit simpler and maybe a little more accurate than an AK. It will never be a tack driver but easily meets battlefield accuracy requirements. They're not a common hunting rifle but you will occasionaly run into someone using one.

    Where people get into trouble is when they try to upgade them. They do not take optics well and there are only a few after market magazines that are any good. If you're big on mods you probably won't like it much. If you want a fun little carbine with iron sights you can't go wrong with an SKS.
     

  3. farmer-dave

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    Living in Canada is their any chance you would use the gun for hunting, if so I'd go with the norinco. If you just like to shoot alot the sks will be cheaper ammo cost but I think the m14 is just a better rifle.
     
  4. Glock1963

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    I own 3 Russians. I have a '54 Tula, '54 Izzy and a '55/'56 Tula. I love them all equally.

    I have no experience with the Chinese models other than handling many of them in shops and shows. They're popular and probably a fine gun but they don't feel as robust or solid in my hands as the Russians do.
     
  5. smokin762

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    I have never owned a Russian SKS before but I have owned two Chinese SKS’s and a Yugo SKS. I am 6’1” at 240lbs. with long arms. I preferred the Yugo SKS because it had a longer length of pull. I thought it was also more accurate than any Semi-Auto AK that I have owned.

    When I have co-workers on a budget ask me what kind of rifle they should get, I usually tell them they should check into a SKS. It’s a shame that SKS’s get a bad reputation as a rednecks rifle.:upeyes:
     
  6. mikeyU

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    I agree.

    I like my Springfield M1A, If I had to have one or the other it would be my SA M1A, but Im not familiar with the Norinco, maybe someone else could help you out with that.
    If I was in your shoes If I had the cash I would buy the unfired tula sks since they are getting harder to find, and down the road buy a SA M1A, wait thats what I did a few years ago.
     
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  7. boozer

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    I understand Canada still allows importation of Russian SKS's, unlike our fascist leaders. Buy all you can, they are excellent rifles.
     
  8. moeman

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    Double what he ^ said...

    Leave SKS's as is and enjoy...
     
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    If you can get a deer with a 30-30 lever and iron sites, you can get a deer with an SKS.
     
  10. M&P Shooter

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    If you think that you might/need to hunt decent sized game to put food on your table, then I'd highly suggest the Norinco.

    If you're looking for something with which to "plink" and to maybe take small to medium-sized game...then the SKS would be fantastic.

    Not sure if the Norinco would be chambered in .308 Winchester or in 7.62x51 (7.62 NATO)...ammo availability might be a determining factor. You can shoot the NATO Stuff in the .308 chamber...but not vice versa. (This is the opposite arrangement from the .223 Remington vs. 5.56 x 45)

    If you buy surplus SKS ammo, 7.62x39, chances are relatively high that it'll be corrosive...this presents it's own set of problems.

    There are trade-offs with each rifle. I've heard nothing bad about Norinco producuts, and I know that a Russian SKS is one of the most desirable to own.

    It would seem, then, that the decision is based only upon what YOU want?

    -J-
     
  12. tercel89

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    Get the SKS!!!! They wont be here much longer , or at least in an affordable price range . They are going up in price all the time !
    I got a Chinese SKS and a Yugoslavian SKS . LOVE EM!!!!! EXTREMELY RELIABLE !!!
     
  13. doc540

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    What are they asking for those Ruskies?

    In the U.S. those original, non-refurbed Ruskies are selling for between $350 and $550.

    I've owned three just like those and in their same condition.

    General SKS info:
    Good value
    Simple
    Dependable
    Fun to shoot
    Inexpensive to shoot
    Many non-permanent mod's available
    Great hog gun, decent deer gun to 100yds

    What else to you want to know?
     
  14. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Thanks guys.
    I'm not into upgrading (maybe a bi-pod that's all).
    The price on those rifles are $325 and $345 respectively.
    God damn!
    I guess that I will go with the SKS first and M14 later.
    New SKS made by Norinco is $220 locally.
    Yes, we can hunt with M14 and SKS.
     
  15. doc540

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    For SKS collectors in the U.S. those are desirable Ruskies, not as desirable as Izzy's and a few early models, but those guns will still be shooting long after you wear out.

    If you ever consider upgraded the sights, the best mounting platform is made by Scout Scopes. It's a non-permanent modificaction and absolutely stable.

    Good luck!

    btw: the lower one might be a refurb, but is still a nice Ruskie.
     
  16. Steel & Wood

    Steel & Wood Build the Wall

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    ANY SKS you get will be money well-spent!!!!

    As for Norinco, they are arguably the BEST copies that money can buy! If you can't get a Russian SKS, get a Norinco! If you can't get a Russian AK, get a Norinco! If you can't get a U.S. M-14, get a Norinco! The list goes on......


    Buy the SKS for sure though - you will NOT regret it.


    Enjoy your freezing weather:rofl:

    TGG
     
  17. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Thanks again guys.
    My credit card will hate me at some point I guess ;)
    Maybe I will give the card a little rest, before the next ride though.
    We will see.

    BTW it's 59 outside now with the blue sky and perfect sunshine :supergrin:
    You gotta love the Chinook.
     
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    mmm.... dont you mean polytech?:supergrin:
     
  19. Nestor

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    That's exactly what I'm looking at those days.

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  20. Steel & Wood

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    Samr thing dude.

    They were made in the same factory.

    TGG