Ive heard a lot of people compare the 7.62x39 to the .30-30. In reality, it can certainly take deer size game within it's limitations, but the .30-30 shoots heavier bullets at slightly higher velocities. Realistically, an SKS will certainly take deer, but it has serious limitations in range.
I want to make a point that the sks, and more specifically, the 7.62x39 cartridge, is limited in what it can do. It will NOT drop a deer at 300+ yards, even 200 yards is really pushing it. Most of you already know this, but the way you talk about this cartridge could lead some unknowing sap to take a shot that he/she really shouldn't do. The unending comparisons to the .30-30 will probably just enfore that false belief among those who don't understand ballistics. The much revered .30-30 is a short range cartridge in itself, and the 7.62x39 is the same.
Yes, I'm up on the high horse right now, but I've seen too dang many deer that were left for dead because the shooter expected them to drop on the spot. That's just not gonna happen with your SKS, learn to blood trail 'em!
Okay, rant off... maybe I should have put this in the "Rant" category to begin with. Mods, do with it what you will, but people DO need to know what their rifle is capable of, and what it's limitations are.
This was started by a friends boyfriend... he honestly thinks that an AK will shoot through a tank, and kill deer as far as the eye can see. can you say "lost cause"?