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I've never been to this sub-forum before , so dont know if this is the kind of topic to post here or not .

 

I inherited a new in box chinese SKS . Looking around on the internet , I can upgrade to a more modern looking stock at a pretty low price .   Would there be an advantage  to this . Looking cool means nothing to me   . I plan on shooting it a lot this fall and maybe  take it deer hunting . I dont plan on getting a larger magazine . So , other than cometics , would a new stock be an upgrade  ?

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Not sure the exact stock you are looking at, but most of the times a new(composite) stock will be lighter. It will make recoil more and therefore less accuracy. If it is something you are not dead set on, keep the wood furniture and see how you like it for now. You can always change later if you decide to!

Jeff

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One issue with SKS' is they weren't meant to accept magazines.  A lot of people have problems getting the new furniture to work correctly with aftermarket magazines.  I know some allow for the original clip system to be used.  You would probably want that kind since you don't want to add a high-cap magazine.

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I have a Yugo SKS that I converted with the TAPCO kit and 20 round mag. It feeds and fires perfectly, no issues at all.  It's still heavier than a bag of bricks so aside from just having fun with it, I would never use it for hunting personally as there are just better firearms for that.  I have thought about removing the bayonet on mine to put on a bipod mount but I do not shoot nearly enough to even consider it.  Swimbaits and rods/reels are more appealing to me :) 

Like Jeff mentioned I kept my stock components if I ever want to convert it back. 

http://www.tapco.com/products/sks/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=170 

That is exactly what I have linked.  The butt extends which I like for both comfort and storage.

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I have one that I use for coyote hunting.  I ended up putting a sporter-style thumbhole stock on it, in order to get a longer length-of-pull.  I'm 6'5" and those original SKS stocks are meant for a much smaller wingspan.  The only other mod I made was one of those Barska scope/receiver cover kits.  Its not fancy, but it will make a 4" group at 100 yards, and that's enough to work with where I hunt.  Anyway, my dad kept the original stock on his, but he sanded off the crummy varnish and refinished it with some quality stain.  To be honest, it looks pretty darn good that way, but I've never been a huge fan of tapco stuff.  If the original stock fits you well enough, you could consider refinishing it.

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After I spent my money on a plastic pistol grip stock I hated the look I changed it all back. The Monte Carlo stock may be better. The sks is my camp gun for at night.

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I'm just going to leave the stock as is .  Thanks for the replies .

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I used number 0000 steel wool on the orginal stock then applied six coats++ of form by stung oil finish to protect the wood. Once the stock is glossy I use 0000 steel wool then apply the Johnsons wood paste wax.

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Heres another question . The front sight needs a special tool for windage adjustment . Do any of you know if these guns usually need to be adjusted left and right ? 

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