RE: Anyone use an SKS for hunting deer?
I have an SKS, but my state does not allow rifles for deer hunting. However, based on my experiences with it, I would say that it is a decent short-range gun for deer hunting- especially if you are in a situation where you see a lot of running deer at close ranges and need a fast pointing, fast-shooting rifle with follow-up shots.
I would not use hollow-points however- based on what I've seen them do to groundhogs, I think they may prematurely blow up upon hitting a deer. I would use a 123 - 150 grain soft-point bullet, depending on what you can find. If you SKS is accurate enough, it should get the job done for deer out to 100 yards or a little further.
If my state did allow rifles, I probably would used a scoped bolt-action for sitting out on a stand, but would certainly consider the SKS when doing deer drives or hunting in the really thick stuff.
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