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Old 02-01-2012, 08:12 PM
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How Do SKS & AK-47 Compare Re Reliability ?


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The AK-47 is the weapon everybody thinks of when remembering the Soviet bear but from a practical standpoint how does the SKS compare ?

To me the SKS looks more like a real rifle (it's true - I think AK-47s are kinda' tacky .... all that stamped sheet metal .....

AKs seem to command a premium price when compared to SKSs (or at least the vendors ask more).

They shoot the same round and I would think both are relatively robust.

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Old 02-02-2012, 01:23 AM
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Of the two, I think the SKS has more "Sporting Use" than the AK-47. The AK-47 would make a better defensive weapon though.
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:45 AM
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Like the AK, the SKS is as reliable as the sunrise. I have long considered the SKS to be the perfect "Volks-rifle", the one that should be in every household.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:19 AM
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It has been my experience that they are related(in terms of the Q), but the SKS isn't as reliable.

The AK-47, so far even most Acts of God haven't been able to stop it. It is probably the most over-gased, loosest tollerance weapon made. The SKS has a little tighter tollerances, and not as much over-gassing.

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:37 AM
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I've shot thousands of rounds through various AKs and SKSs. Never had a failure that wasn't ammo related. That in itself is very rare considering I use the cheapest stuff I can find.

Just by looking at the way they are constructed the AK should be more dependable.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:52 AM
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One thing to add regarding SKS reliability. If an SKS has an AK mag conversion, stay away from it or be ready to re-convert it to the standard mag. Converted SKSs that work are rare beasts, in my considerable experience. With the standard 10-round mag, no worries.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:23 AM
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I own an SKS and an AK. My SKS is a sportsman model (It takes AK mags from manufacturer). The SKS is more accurate, but the AK is a ton of fun to shoot. If you plan on doing any type of sporting go with the SKS.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:39 AM
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I've been told to only put 8 rounds in the cartridge to avoid a slam fire, by the SKS dealer expert who sold me the rifle.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:36 PM
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I've been told to only put 8 rounds in the cartridge to avoid a slam fire, by the SKS dealer expert who sold me the rifle.
I'm still trying to figure the reasoning on this, since "slam fires" are caused by the floating firing pin hitting the primer when the bolt slams into battery. I wouldn't think the number of cartridges in the magazine should make any difference. Am I missing something?
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:05 PM
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"I've been told to only put 8 rounds in the cartridge to avoid a slam fire, by the SKS dealer expert who sold me the rifle"

The dealer is no "expert"!!!
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:40 PM
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One thing to add regarding SKS reliability. If an SKS has an AK mag conversion, stay away from it or be ready to re-convert it to the standard mag. Converted SKSs that work are rare beasts, in my considerable experience. With the standard 10-round mag, no worries.
Ditch the chintzy metal mags and grab a plastic one from tapco mine has the detachable mags and has no issues with the tapcos but will jam often with a stamped steal mag.


I prefer the sks to the ak, never had a issue with either but the sks feels better in my hands and is not as hideous as the ak.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:36 PM
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I have both.
after multiple cases of ammo, I've never had either one have any sort of malfunction.
They make a Timex watch'es performance look spotty.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:47 AM
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I have one AK-47 and 4 SKS. All my SKSes are the type with the screwed in barrel, three Yougos and one Russian. All have been absolutely 100% reliable with anything I have fed them. They are fully as reliable as my RPK based AK-47, a VEPR II. While the VEPR is more accurate, the SKSes are not far behind. If you can keep an SKS from running in its stock version I would like to see it. Now, put in one of those stupid aftermarket 30 round mags and you can stop them running pretty quickly, as well as putting yourself in violation of the import ban law.

I agree, the so called and likely self proclaimed "expert" telling you to download by two has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:24 PM
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The standard SKS /w 10 round mag is as good a rifle as the AK, in the reliability department.. except for the trigger's.. SKS trigger is a poor design.. the AK trigger and bolt are better designed..(because the trigger is a direct copy of the M1 Garands design, which is a direct copy of early browning shotgun design.) The AK's gas piston being attached by machine threads and a cross pin to the bolt carrier is also an improvement . A soldier can't loose the piston and or spring in the field with a AK rifle like they can with the SKS.. but one thing nice about the SKS is it can be used as a straight pull bolt action with the gas piston removed.. not sure if that's any advantage to a military but it'd nice when testing new loads. no lost brass.. The Ak doesn't have that ability.. Also the SKS has a longer barrel and a longer sight radius which may make it hit harder (not in reality) but it will likely be more accurate.. the slam fire problems in the SKS were traced back to defective sears and or stuck firing pins which were rusted or packed with grease.. in the forward position, they can be retrofitted by Murray with a spring loaded firing pins... I like both guns for what they are.. the days when the SKS was $79.99 or $149 each were great buys you can't find a better gun for that money.. these days.. except for the moisen negant rifle.. B2B

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:07 PM
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A clean and dry pin will almost eliminate slam fires. No real need for the spring kit
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:26 AM
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I have a norinco sks with a heavy bipod, tapco stock and us piston parts and also have detachable mags and drums, all feed flawlessly, Haven't had a single malfunction with any of the drums, but a word of advice they dont fit right out of the box, this is due to the variations in the sks from different countries, a little time with a file and some cold blue and trial and error and you get them in and they work great. Drums are a blast. I'd post a pic but its one of those "black" guns that no one likes, However my AK is a lot of fun too, the sks is more accurate tho, but both are a blast at the range.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:39 PM
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The SKS and AK-47 are equal in reliability as long as you use the standard SKS magazines. That doesn't apply to the SKS that come factory equipped for AK-47 magazines. As soon as you use the "duck bill" magazines, the rifle loses that reliability. Honestly, the duck bill mags just don't get it. The standard built in SKS magazine is designed to be loaded with stripper clips to a full 10 rounds. Someone is just wrong when they say it should only be used with 8 rounds.

The AK-47 ia not even close in accuracy to the SKS. My standard for evaluation is match capability at 200 yards. I won first and second place finishes in NRA 200 yard competition with a Yugo SKS. I could never get an AK-47 of any configuration to shoot to my match requirements at 200 yards. They just aren't competitive.

I like the AK-47's better but the SKS's shoot better even though they don't have the "cool" factor.

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Old 06-27-2012, 06:22 PM
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Russian SKS's are very well made, and you'd have a tough time breaking one. They are accurate enough for the intended purpose - a combat carbine. Deserving of better sights.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:14 AM
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I have a Norinco (Chinese) SKS - great rifle in all regards. The guys with the Soviet SKSs often claim, "mine's better", but based on what I've seen, the Russian SKS is no better, and often they're in rougher shape because of the demand for them. I agree about the detatchable mags - avoid the conversion. The closer to factory the SKS is, the better. Stripper clips work fine. I'm also told that all Chinese SKSs have chrome-lined bores & that is not so of the Russian/Soviet ones - I don't KNOW that to be a fact, but I suspect it to be so.
I also have a Romainan WASR. It also works well. It was designed for detatchable magazines & gobbles everything I feed it.
Unquestionably, the SKS is markedly more accurate. But the AK is "minute of bad guy" accurate all day long, so I'm OK with that.
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Considering the difference in cost, I'd take the SKS and run.
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