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Hello guys and gals! I use Lupys on my deer rifles and am pretty happy but I need a decent beater scope for my SKS which would really hammer any high priced optics. I have even read that a lot of people use pneumatic rifle scopes. Anyway, advice/experience would be helpfull!
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Are you mounting the scope back on the receiver cover?  If so, you'll need a compact scope so that you can clear the stripper clip guide.  I used to have a cheap Leapers 6x32 on an SKS but, it drove me crazy.  It wouldn't hold zero and went blurry after every shot.  I ended up putting it on my five year old son's airsoft gun.

There are lots of cheap 4x32mm compacts out there.  Be careful, you get what you pay for!  I'm looking for a replacement for my SKS mount as well.

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This is a bit over the top- but the SKS type guns have literally saved the shooting industry since the late 80's and I love them. Early experiences with the mounting systems (rear) is disappointing. It is extremely difficult to get a non movement mount. I even welded one up and hand fit it-to give enough tension on a very snuggley fit rear pin. Still no luck. The SKS is a paratrooper short barrel that uses AK 47 mags, and is about the handiest carbine I have ever used-so I took a B-Square Mauser mount and re-milled it to fit the rear sight and holes about 10 years ago. Now I have the perfect Scout SKS mounted with a Bushnell Trophy Green/red dot (just added previously used a 2X pistol scope to take the hammering of the action closing) . This is abit off you question but I wanted to illustrate another solution. Currently Millet offers this same type of mount for SKS and AK's. Considering the loosness of the rear mount and the inherent 3 MOA accuracy of most SKS, I think the scout set is a better way to go.
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I think SKS's are like the M-14's.  Much more of a joy to shoot with irons.  I ordered a rear apeture sight for my SKS and I love it a whole lot.  I like the AR family a lot better but the SKS is a reliable weapon that's accurate enough to knock em down at 200 maybe 300 yards.

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Thanks, I am greatful for the help. I also like iron sighting... I am just no good at it!!! Do fairly well with the scopes, just seem incapable of hitting anything smaller than a barn with the irons.
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There are not all that many viable motion for scoping an SKS. 

The sturdiest is certainly drilling and tapping the receiver.  You can either put a side mount plate for various Russian POSP and PSO type scopes and scope mounts )requires stock modification), or you can get a mount from Choate that gives you a Weaver rail and requires much less fiddling with the stock.

For a scout setup the best way to go is a mount from www.scoutscopes.com  It is easily to install and works quite well.  There is a good review on it at www.surplusrifle.com

For better iron sights, I have Williams rear aperture (replaces rear sight) and Tech-sights TS100 and TS200 receiver mounted ghost ring and I vastly prefer the Tech-Sights product.

Of all the receiver cover scope mounts there is only one that works (to the best of my knowledge), but it is quite expensive.  It is available form rifletech.com for about $150.  It has held zero quite well for the last four years on my Romanian SKS and it requres very minor fitting and no permanent alteration to the gun.  However, to fit it properly you have to have some time with the metal files.

For my other SKSs I tend to lean toward other options, mostly scout setup.  I will, however, outfit one of them with a POSP setup in the future.

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Save yourself a lot of aggrivation just use the iron sights the available mounting systems are crap. If you still think you need a scope on it take a used toilet paper roll and two pieces of string for cross hairs and duck tape the sucker on it will be just as accurate as anything else you could mount to it.
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Buy more ammo 7.62x39 is cheap --- shoot more.  Go out to a pond and shoot where you will have instant feedback on the bullet strike rest the rifle on something for better accuracy and practice. You need to be able to use iron sights as well as optics. Practice instinctive shooting from the hip also. These are survival skills and are learned through practice. Under adverse conditions one type of sight might break and you might still need to make the gun work.

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