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Location: Lexington, KY
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Knock down power

does an SKS have enough knock down power ,7.62X39, for a deer?

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Location: Southeast Washington State
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Yes, given effective shot placement.

It's been said that the 7.62 x 39 is ballistically similar to the 30-30. If the proper bullets are selected, then marksmanship should put game on the table just as often as the old model 94.

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Location: Lexington, KY
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thanks. I have a old .303 but id really like to use the sks because ill be in the woods most of the time and the enfield is really heavy. Im also a better shot with the SKS

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Glad to help out. If you are in heavy wooded area, where shots beyond 100 yards or so are not expected, the SKS loaded with a good expanding bullet should do quite well. There's not a lot of factory loaded hunting ammo in that chambering, but you can find it, or if you handload, you can certainly make a decent hunting round with it for deer sized game.

Good hunting.

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ive never handloaded or even looked into it, can this be done with a 7.62x39? If so what would i want to look for in loading a round?

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Yes, the 7.62 x 39 can be reloaded. Boxer primed brass cases are really the only choice for reloading, though, so don't bother saving any of the mil surp bronze, steel, or copper cases. The true caliber is .310, which is 2/1000s larger than the standard .308. I believe the .308 bullets are usable, and fortunately there are quite a number to choose from.

Start looking through reloading manuals to see which ones publish load data for that round, and then follow their recommendations. If at all possible, find someone who does reloading, and have them mentor you or give you some instruction. Usually most are enthusiastic teachers, and will help you avoid making costly mistakes. There are also many other how to books and videos on the subject.

Any excuse to get more involved in the shooting sports is good enough for me. Good luck, and feel free to ask questions of our reloading gurus here on the reloading forum of this site. They will be more than happy to answer questions and help out.

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Location: Lexington, KY
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thanks for all the info and help. My best friend and also and avid hunter is going to split the cost of reloading equipment with me if we decide to do it. I just got off the phone with the guy that got me hunting about 10 years ago and he is going to teach us how to load. He also told me to stop by his house tonight and he would loan me some of his books to see if it was really something i wanted to get into

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Location: Longview, TX
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Re: Knock down power
QuestionMan wrote:
does an SKS have enough knock down power ,7.62X39, for a deer?

I have three SKS's one russian and two chinese modles. I don't know what kind you have but all three of mine take a 5.56 not the 7.62. I was just wondering?

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thats interesting. I've seen the "AK" models in .224 cal but dont' recall seeing an SKS in anything other than 7.62x39mm rounds.

But that being said I've killed lots of TX deer with my AR in 223 with good bullets. And have one of my longest kills with that round also on a deer. Pick a tough bullet and hit em where it counts.

Jeff

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If in Heavy woods, I would aim to criple, through the sholders, as tagging a dead deer is something not to be missed... Lee Precision 155 gr cast lead GC with Win 680 18 gr surplus powder, gas check i/2 in the case neck, COL 2.213 " is expanding on Grey Squirrels < 60 yards, leaving 2 inch 'daylight' holes in some, but not quite as leathal energy transfer as mil 55 gr FMJBT @ 2800 ditto powder, that bullet twists at the cannilure into 2 ballisticly inefficient projectiles at 1/2 inch penatration at up to 200 yards, exploding worse than a hollow point with 6 inches of travel exiting in common trauma. Incidentally, any play in the stock can be taken up with beer can appropiately sized shims (each .004 thick) at the stock/reciever recoil lug contact, My Russian 1950 made SKS needed 5 shims...you need to take the trigger gard off to access this area. IT NEVER JAMS/SKS RUSSIAN/ sight setting is 100M for squirrels but with 6.5 gr unique/155 gr slug/300 M/I carry a 12 ga for back up, #6 shot. (carrot potatoe onion lentils lima beans bell pepper squirrel, squirrel stomach fresh ground pine nuts/discard black material/they also eat what can poison you...17 min in the pressure cooker, pepper olive oil and venegar with lemond slices for the finished presentation/soy sause at your risk... ) Parker

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Knock down power

An interesting, albeit cryptic, response???

I would not have considered a reduced load such as this for a gas operated semi auto, but if it works...I don't recommend messing with the guts of rodents much.

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