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Old 10-19-2011, 21:55   #1
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Scope mount question

What mount do you think is the best and why?
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Let me first say there probably isn't any "best" scope mounting option for the SKS. The way it's designed makes it difficult to get a good cheek weld for any kind of additional optics. Plus you have to deal with ejecting brass and loading stripper clips. You get shell deflectors and aftermarket magazines but they're really not an improvement over the original design.

Do not get any receiver cover based mounts. They do not retain zero after you remove them to clean your rifle. If anything I would use a scout scope mount from Scout Scope scope mounts for your AK SKS or Saiga rifles . It replaces your rear sight. The use a small red dot scope.

I'm a big fan of the SKS and enjoy mine but I do know its limitations and optics is one of them.
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Old 10-20-2011, 16:52   #3
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Thanks for the link and you're right about optics being limited.
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Great site thanks for the link!
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I put a Choate mount on my SKS along with a Tapco T6 stock.

SKS Scope Mount - CHOATE Machine & Tool, Inc.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:49   #6
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Pics of my SKS with Choate mount and Barska scope

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Originally Posted by dakota_dj View Post
I put a Choate mount on my SKS along with a Tapco T6 stock.

SKS Scope Mount - CHOATE Machine & Tool, Inc.
Is this better than the replacement cover? and if so, why?
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The receiver is drilled and tapped for the Choate mount. There is no chance of movement with this mount. I don't know if you could find a more solid mount.


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I use the Choate on my Yugo SKS along with a fixed power scope. As mentioned it's a rock solid mount and you can still use the irons if necessary.

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Choate only for me. My .02.
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I have a B square mount on mine at the moment which has worked really good, but I've finally made my mind up. I'm fixing to scrap the scope setup in exchange for some Tech Sights.
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Originally Posted by Lead Slanger View Post
I have a B square mount on mine at the moment which has worked really good, but I've finally made my mind up. I'm fixing to scrap the scope setup in exchange for some Tech Sights.
Excellent choice.

7.62x39's trajectory lends itself to being perfect for the tech sights product. I like the cheaper flip aperture, you just zero the 0-2 for 200 yards, and then you flip it for 300. Perfect for the effective range of the caliber.

Order the smaller front post from them as well, it's the cheapest one around.
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Originally Posted by GDKPIKPWG View Post
I like the cheaper flip aperture
That's the one I was gonna go for. I think it'll suit my needs just fine.
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Originally Posted by GDKPIKPWG View Post
Excellent choice.

7.62x39's trajectory lends itself to being perfect for the tech sights product. I like the cheaper flip aperture, you just zero the 0-2 for 200 yards, and then you flip it for 300. Perfect for the effective range of the caliber.

Order the smaller front post from them as well, it's the cheapest one around.
These look great, thinking about going to these on the next build or just ditching the scope on one of the old ones and trying these out, if I like them maybe I will switch them all over?
The Choate mount looks great too, I like the idea of have back up iron sights with scopes. I have heard alot of guys say the cover mounts fit tight, but as there is filing required to fit might as well drill and tap the receiver.
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Originally Posted by theboonedockssaint View Post
These look great, thinking about going to these on the next build or just ditching the scope on one of the old ones and trying these out, if I like them maybe I will switch them all over?
The Choate mount looks great too, I like the idea of have back up iron sights with scopes. I have heard alot of guys say the cover mounts fit tight, but as there is filing required to fit might as well drill and tap the receiver.
I guess it all depends on what you like. I hadn't ever shot peep sights until a few months ago, and I fell in love with 'em. I can't believe I was missing out all these years! Those are peep sight years I'll never get back! I was one that thought a rifle had to have a scope. After shooting peep sights, I don't see it that way anymore.

To be honest, I didn't even know about Tech Sights until GDKPIKPWG mentioned them in my other thread on aftermarket stocks. If I had known about them at the time, I probably wouln't have even started this thread. So, I guess a big thank you is in order for Mr.GDKPIKPWG. Thanks.

I think I'm gonna do as he suggested in my other thread and bring her back to her intended battle rifle configuration. Besides adding a great set of sights on your rifle, it gives you back the stripper clip option that the scope robs you of.

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My eyes are not good enough to see without optics. I have a scout scope mount and a long eye relief scope on my gun. The scout scope mount stays once you tighten it down. Only down side is you have to remove it to take gun apart for cleaning. After you put it back together you have to re zero the scope. I is generally fairly close though.
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Thumbs up There is a Good SKS Scope Mount

Originally Posted by OzarkRecluse View Post
Let me first say there probably isn't any "best" scope mounting option for the SKS. The way it's designed makes it difficult to get a good cheek weld for any kind of additional optics. Plus you have to deal with ejecting brass and loading stripper clips. You get shell deflectors and aftermarket magazines but they're really not an improvement over the original design.

Do not get any receiver cover based mounts. They do not retain zero after you remove them to clean your rifle. If anything I would use a scout scope mount from Scout Scope scope mounts for your AK SKS or Saiga rifles . It replaces your rear sight. The use a small red dot scope.

I'm a big fan of the SKS and enjoy mine but I do know its limitations and optics is one of them.
I have had enough experience with SKS Scope Mount Returns to now say I disagree (happily) with your comments. Most of the scope mounts that say they "replace the receiver cover" do not do that and as a result are crap and will not hold zero as you say. But, I finally found a scope mount from NUMRICH FIREARMS that does in fact replace the entire receiver cover and then offers a raised Weaver Rail for any scope you want. Since it is raised, you can also keep using your iron sights. This cover might take a bit of filing (depnding on your rifle) to make it fit properly, but it is so simple that we were able to do it without using a Gunsmith. The cover is Aircraft Grade Aluminum and is well up to the task. It functions well, the sight maintains zero and shell ejection is no problem. I think that this is an absolute windfall for SKS owners. It also looks great on my rifle. If there is any interest, I will try to find my receipt and be able to give you the item number. Take care.....
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