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Old June 27, 2017, 09:25 PM   #1
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J&G Gunsmith Special SKS

Took my J&G Gunsmith Special $249.00 SKS out to my shooting range again today. Ran about 250 rounds through it. I swear that I like it better than my much newer and prettier Norinco SKS. This thing looks rough. Bluing is about gone. Stock was so beat up that I found another one. But, dang it is a shooter. At about 40 yards I was bouncing paint cans all over the place. Me without my glasses and iron sights. I just love this thing. 1962 Albanian-Chinese. I could squirrel hunt with this rifle if I didn't want to eat them. That would be kinda overkill. I could hit a spray paint can 10 times out of ten rounds. I just checked J&G and they are all gone. I was thinking about ordering another one just to see what I would get.

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Old June 27, 2017, 10:45 PM   #2
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FMJ ammo doesn't tear up squirrels too bad. Best to hit them in the head, but that's true with .22lr as well.
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Old June 28, 2017, 10:22 AM   #3
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True that. But my 10-22 is my squirrel gun. It is scoped and I can shoot their eye out with it. I love this SKS though. Not one failure of any kind since I got it. It shoots any ammo I put in it. Even these:

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Old June 28, 2017, 11:18 AM   #4
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This is what it's all about, finding a favorite and shooting the tar out it.
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Old June 28, 2017, 10:53 PM   #5
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If I had know about this deal I might have picked one up. I'm glad you got such a good shooter!!!

I regrettably sold my one and only SKS many years ago. I picked up a Yugo that was in great condition and still in the cosmoline for $175 I think... And then because I was a little put off by the effort involved to clean it up, I sold I to a friend to fund a dime a dozen handgun purchase.

He ended up cleaning it up and shooting it and he said it was a perfect rifle, accurate and reliable!!! Then he decided to put on a new stock and extended magazine and the rifle started to malfunction from all the junk he put on it... I guess he ended up selling it to another guy and it sounded like it may have ended up being used for parts...

If your out there old SKS of mine, I just want you to know, I'm sorry.
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Old June 28, 2017, 11:00 PM   #6
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Looks like a good little blaster rifle. You should put a red dot scout scope on it and run TAPCO extended mags.
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Old June 29, 2017, 01:45 AM   #7
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I love this SKS though. Not one failure of any kind since I got it. It shoots any ammo I put in it. Even these:
Those PPU 123 gr SPs are no joke.
They feed like butter and perform as advertised.

Don't knock 'em just because they look different.
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Old June 29, 2017, 12:25 PM   #8
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I think you misunderstood me. I wasn't knocking the soft point rounds. I was praising my gun for shooting them so reliably. It hasn't failed on any rounds I have run through it. Those will be my hunting round for deer and pigs.
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Old June 29, 2017, 01:43 PM   #9
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I think you misunderstood me. I wasn't knocking the soft point rounds. I was praising my gun for shooting them so reliably. It hasn't failed on any rounds I have run through it. Those will be my hunting round for deer and pigs.
Should make a good little stopper for oinkers.
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Old June 29, 2017, 05:48 PM   #10
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I bought a beater Chinese SKS from a gun shop about 3 months ago and was also amazed at how well it shoots. I'll have to look into those PPU loads.

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Old June 29, 2017, 05:57 PM   #11
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No extended mags

Made a buddy of mine a bet, you shoot thirty rounds rapid fire, i shoot thirty rounds rapid fire.
You use your 30 round extended magazine, I'll use my box mag and two stripper clips.

I won, because of course his SKS jammed, mine did not.

The SKS is what it is, and that's a good thing. IMHO the only worthwhile upgrade is the sights.
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Old June 29, 2017, 07:40 PM   #12
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I've been using a 30 round duckbill mag on mine since I got it back in the early 90s. It has been just as reliable as the 10 round fixed mag. I didn't have the internet to tell me that was a bad idea back then. I also didn't have anybody to tell me I shoulda bought a couple crates full of 'em when they were still $80 apiece.
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Old June 29, 2017, 09:12 PM   #13
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I have a 30 round magazine that I got with my Norinco. It jammed a few times, so I put the original 10 rounder on it and never looked back. I have lots of stripper clips. The 30 rounders get in the way when on a bench or laying prone. The stripper clips are really easy to use. I even found an original Chinese ammo belt that has ten pockets. Holds 100 rounds on stripper clips. It may hold 200 after it stretches out a bit. It's old brand new canvas.

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Old June 30, 2017, 12:44 AM   #14
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I turned my nose up at the SKSs back when they were cheap. Fixed magazine, only held ten rounds, ugly, and back then 7.62x39 was rare and expensive. By the time I realized that the Simonov was quite an interesting design, the prices had jumped sharply.

A couple of years ago I snagged a Chinese SKS action that, as far as I could tell, had never been fired. No marks on the feed ramp or follower, anyway. I thought I might inlet a stock blank for it. Since I was unsure of the inlet shape, I bought a cheap stock off eBay. Looked like kids had used it for sword fighting, but it would do.

When I put the stock on the rifle and swung it around... it's lumpy and funny-looking, but it's perfectly proportioned and balanced. Ever try a gun that just felt "right" when you handled it? Like that. It's still ugly, but it points and holds so nice, I decided to just save up and buy a new milsurp stock for it.
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Old June 30, 2017, 11:31 AM   #15
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Oh, come on now. Nothing ugly about an SKS. Most have excellent machine work and as reliable as a Timex watch. It is kind of amazing how parts from so many different countries and different manufacturers will fit and function as well as they do when mixed together. I think they are one of the best looking battle rifles ever made. Does my prejudice show at all? Look at this pig:

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