Archive for October 2009

Range Report:Finally

October 23, 2009

target I finally went to the shooting range, to sight in my M-44 with my  new red dot sight. I had also added a nice custom- look recoil pad. The setup looks great, but does it really do the job or not, was the question. The first time I took the rifle out to the range was right after I bought it. I had cleaned up the stock a little, but that was about it. Shooting this rifle at the range was not very pleasant, as it had the original metal butt plate. Firing it was very hard on my shoulder, and each round needed a mallet to open the bolt. Kinda thought I had made a bad purchase. The bullets hit the 25 yd. target way high to the left. I guess I needed the bayonet extended, but just didn’t want to draw too many stares from other shooters. Anyway I lasted about 5 shots. With a slight headache and bruised shoulder I packed up and went home.

After a  thorough cleaning, including using a 20gauge wire brush to clean and  polish the chamber, I decided to add a red dot sight which replaces the elevation sight, to give it a scoutish look. To help in the heavy recoil, I added a rubber butt pad.  With these in place the rifle sat in the gun cabinet for several months.  Then I finally decided to go to the range, to see if these add-ons made any difference. I brought with me some Silver Bear 203g soft point ammo. I was a little recoil shy as I chambered the first round. I planted the stock firmly in my shoulder, aimed at the center of the target and pulled the trigger. WOW. Recoil felt, was very acceptable. About like my dad’s 30-06 Remington Woodsmaster. Ok, now for opening the chamber and putting in another round. To my surprise, the casing extracted easily and another round chambered with minimal effort. So far, so good. The shot landed about the same place as the first time I shot this rifle, but this time I knew I could adjust it, with the new scope. I fired a few more times just to get used to the recoil  and make sure the action worked fine. Then I adjusted the scope and tried some more rounds. They got closer to the center of the target, but didn’t group that tightly. I fired 15 rounds in all with the M-44 and that was about enough to start feeling it in the shoulder. I didn’t bring any more 7.52×54 than the 15 rounds, so the shooting of that rifle was over. I was pleased with how the rifle felt holding it. Adding a couple inches in length with the new butt pad, gave it a better feel overall. I was worried about the inexpensive sight coming loose, but it seemed to survive the 15 rounds ok. I think with a little more steadiness in the shot and a little more tweaking of the scope, I think I will be in the black, and have tighter groups. Also I want to try different ammo to see if that helps the grouping any. Oh by the way, the other shots were from my sks sporter-D and the real tight group was from my Saiga .308!

WOW, Have Things Changed!

October 4, 2009

I just can’t get over the prices for sks’s and other military surplus rifles lately. I remember back in the 90’s spending hours cruisin’ up and down the aisles at gun shows checking out all the ak’s and sks’s for sale. Comparing prices, seeing who was practically giving them away and who was trying to catch a sucker. Chinese sks’s could be had for a little over a hundred bucks and mac 90’s  were around two-hundred. I remember not wanting to spend a lot 🙂 for the mac 90, so I opted for a sks sporter D with the thumbhole stock and detachable ak mag. I got it for $149 and spent the left over money buying accessories and ammo. Chinese steel core was going for about 2$ a box. Those were the days! Tokarev pistols were going for 120$, and I bought a brand new IJ-70 Russian Makorov pistol for 129$. I doubt we will see those days again, so I’m glad I got to participate back then. The last time I looked, a Russian sks on Gun Broker was goin’ for 550$ gun-show Have fun.

Send Pics Of Your Fireams

October 1, 2009

I ‘ve always wanted a pics page of your favorite sks rifles and other cool rifles. If you start e-mailing me some jpgs, I will start posting them. Send also a brief description and I will make a pic post out of it. Send to bibic682@knology.net