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This was only my second time at the range with my new rifle. I wanted to check the windage and elevation of the sights (I don't think the previous owner moved them; they may have the factory settings from 55 years ago), and compare two brands of ammunition: Golden Tiger (124 grain FMJBT) and Tulammo (124 grain HP). In an attempt to keep myself out of the equation as much as possible, I shot everything off of a bench rest. I used the regular iron sights; no scope or optics.

I read on the internet (so it has to be true) that with the rear sight set on the 100 meter mark, you zero the rifle at 25 meters, and then check it at 100 meters. So, I set the first two targets at 25 meters. The grid is made up of 1†squares (darker lines) and ¼†squares (lighter lines). The red square is 2â€. My POA was a 6:00 hold. I tried to set the red square on the top of the front post.


The Golden Tiger target is on the left. The first shot was at 4:00 just outside the red square. The next two shots were almost dead-center. The forth shot (top right corner) was a slam-fire off of the third shot. It happened so fast, I wasn’t really sure that it did happen, until I dumped the magazine and counted the remaining rounds. And then, when I walked out to check the target, that’s when I saw the hole up in the corner. Next I fired five rounds of Tulammo at the target on the right. The shot placement was low, high, low, high, low.


Here are the remaining five rounds of each ammunition brand.

Next, I put up two scaled “Dog†targets at 25 meters. Now I was trying to set the bottom of the black silhouette on the top of the front post.



The Golden Tiger target is on the top and the Tulammo is on the bottom. I got 49 out of 50 on the top target, with seven rounds either touching or inside the “V†circle. I got 47 out of 50 on the bottom target, with five rounds either touching or inside the “V†circle.

Then I went out to 100 meters. The Golden Tiger target is on the left and the Tulammo target is on the right again. At that distance, the front post is at least 2/3, maybe 4/5, of the width of the silhouette.


I notice that both shot groups on the silhouette were skewed to the left. So, following the maxim of “aim small, miss small†I put up two 8.5 x 11 bulls-eye targets (turned sideways) at 100 meters. The red squares on these targets are 3â€. The Golden Tiger target is on the top and the Tulammo target is on the bottom. I only ended up with 12 out of 20 rounds on the paper, but the placement did seem to be relatively centered, so I’m okay with the windage for now.


I finished off the day with a would-I-rather-spend-the-money-on-shipping-or-buy-something-else-and-get-the-shipping-for-free target that I got off of Amazon. I’d never seen this type of target before. I put it at 50 yds and fired 10 rounds of Golden Tiger at the heart and 10 rounds of Tulammo at the head.
 

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Nice!

It looks like you can count on your SKS to give you "head shot" or "enemy peeking out from behind hard cover" accuracy at 50 yards, and "almost always getting a hit on the enemy's torso" at 100 yards.
That's about what my Chinese SKS does with cheap ammo. I stretched it out to 200 yards a month ago, but my "groups" were the size of a dishwasher machine that far out, even from a pretty steady rest.
 

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The U.S. Army, in a publication for its special forces in 1967, reviewed and discussed the technical specs and capabilities of many enemy weapons.

Section II-12 of this document (about 1/3 of the way through the PDF file) deals with the Soviet SKS, which is said to be the same as the CHICOM type 56.

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/867982.pdf

It lists the "effective range" as 470 meters, BUT, in the first few introductory pages of this Army report, it explains that "effective range" on the battlefield means 25% probability of a hit on a normal target of the size and shape that such a weapon is intended to be used against. So, I'd take that to mean an SKS is supposed to be able to hit an enemy somewhere on the trunk of his body, from neck to crotch, shoulder to shoulder width, just once out of each 4 shots fired at that distance of 470 meters.

Other U.S. Military field and technical manuals I've seen list the effective range of an SKS as being just 400 meters (or was it yards?), which was exactly the same figure they quoted for the M1 Garand and M-14, too. So take those publications with a grain of salt.
 

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Speaking of "effective range", I think my next range trip with the SKS will be to my gun club. We have a center-fire range with target backers at 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400 yds.
 
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