View Full Version : Best SKS round for deer?

January 20, 2001, 06:51 PM
I shot a deer at about 80 yards with an SKS. I was using Russian soft point ammo and the bullet went completely through the deer leaving a rather large exit wound. Someone told me that the hollowpoint ammo expands more and I should be using it. Does anyone have any experience hunting with an SKS?

Art Eatman
January 20, 2001, 07:42 PM
A large exit wound is about as good as it gets, unless a bullet which doesn't exit leaves the deer dead in its tracks.

Going all the way through the deer means that the majority of the bullet's mass stayed together. The large exit wound means the bullet did expand nicely.

If you have a reasonably accurate "package", stay with it and don't change just for the sake of change.


January 20, 2001, 10:51 PM
What Art said is absolutely true. The best load I've used is the Cor-Bon 150 gr. soft point which leaves my Mini 30 at around 2300 fps. I know some of you won't believe this but I can get 1.5" 100 yard groups with this load in my Mini 30 if I let the barrel cool for a minute between shots.

cuerno de chivo
January 21, 2001, 12:44 AM
what brand of ammo did you use? or where'd you get it? thanks!

January 30, 2001, 05:07 PM
I use 125 gr SP too. Don't hunt with it, just target shoot. I get most of my SKS ammo at gun shows. If you get to the bigger shows, I found it for $2.00 for 20 rounds, but at the smaller show I just went to it was $4.00