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I've got an SKS and am interested in mounting an old but but good burris 3 by 9 on it. Is there a good method to mounting a scope on this rifle? Can I expect any kind of consitency out to two or three hundred yards for deer hunting? I've done some research on this and really haven't learned much. If anyone is familiar with this subject I would really appreciate some insight. Thank you.
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Mounting a regular scope on an SKS can be a little involved.

 

There are a lot of various mounts that replace the reciever cover.  Most of them are absolute crap.  The only one that works is the one made by DC Engineering, but it is quite pricey.  I've got one and it works well, but it is the only mount for a standard scope that holds zero and does not require drilling the reciever.

 

Another no-gunsmithing mount for SKS that works well, involves the use of a scout type (long eye reelief scope) and it is made by these guys: www.scoutscopes.com.  It works quite well, and for SKS a low powered scope is a pretty good way to go.

 

Alternatively, you can drill and tap the reciever for any number of side mounts for Russian optics or for something like an SKS mount that is made by Choate.

 

One word of caution with using a traditional scope, if you install along scope like your Burris, you have to install a case deflector also, or your scope will get banged up.

 

SKS rifles are not known for their accuracy.  I've fired a few and own a few and if yo get 2" groups at hundred yards, you've got a very accurate one.  4"-5" groups at hundred yards seem to be most common.  You want to figure out what your rifle is capable of.  Either way it is a perfectly adequate 200 yard deer rifle if you use good ammo.  Cor-Bon 150gr soft point ammo seems to be the best 7.62x39 ammo available right now.

 

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Thanks for the info. I looked at the DC engineering mount system and you right, it is spendy. But it has the deflector built in which I like. I am unfamiliar with gunsmith prices or the time it would take to install a side mount. Then I still wouldn't have the casing deflector. Are the DC and side mount sytems similar in quality when mounted, or in your opinion does one have an edge. Keep in mind that drilling into this gun does not concern me, or should it?    
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For the next SKS scoping project I plan to drill for an AK/SKS type side mount, but I do it myself, so I do not know what a gunsmith would charge.  AK/SKS side mount does not place the scope over the bore which I makes a shield unnecessary.  Drill and tap will always be sturdier than a reciever cover approach. 

 

If I wanted to make and SKS to carry around with me for hunting, I'd probably look very hard at the scout mount approach.  You do not get a lot of magnification, but you really do not need it for the most part.  I can comfortably shoot with a 2.5x scout scope out to 300 yards.  DC Engineering makes a good mount, but the prices are too exorbitant for me to pay them again; besides, they have a lot of BS on their website that annoys me.  Nevertheless, their mount require only very minor fitting and it does hold zero in my experience.

 

If you have a good gunsmith around who is not going to scalp you too much, you can ask  hime how much it would cost to install a Choate mount.  You can get a shield separately for just a few bucks.  However, I have not seen a whole lot of people who do work on SKS rifles.

 

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Ok, I like the price better of the side mount. I pride myself as being somewhat handy so I feel I could attempt to mount such a bracket. Is it difficult to mount true to the gun or do you have some room for error? Would you drill with a hand drill or press? Do you know the tap that I would need? I have a hard time justiying spending more money on mounting the scope than I paid for the gun. I really appreciate your help. Thank you.
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B-square makes a slip on the front part of the barrel, which makes it a little to far forward scout mount but very useable (and fun). It is possible it remill a Mauser B-square rear sight mount to fit in the recess, but not suggested unless your into really "just wanted to see if it would work". Almost all rear cover mounts do not allow american 1 in scopes to be mounted forward enough be of use, and the furin stuff isn't high enough quality. Most SKS are not high carbon steel, thus drilling and tapping takes on entirely new meaning, don't be suprized if the screws pull out.
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