The 3 Best SKS Scope Mounts — Reviews 2019

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There is something about Russian designed weapons and scopes: they just seem to hate the idea of an optically enhanced rifle. This is evident in 5 generations of modern battle rifles, the Mosin Nagant, SVT 40, SKS, and AK 47 and 74 series rifles. The SKS is an excellent example of a rifle that could benefit from a scope, but first you’d need to find a way to mount it.

Like any scope mount, a SKS mount should be rock solid, be free of any kind of slop and movement once mounted. The mount needs to lock down as tight as possible to guarantee the accuracy and needs to stay locked down after extensive firing. Since the SKS lacks a traditional scope mounting system, the user has to make use of a variety of different mounts from different companies. These mounts vary significantly, so the user should ensure the mount will work for a traditional optic or a long eye relief. These are, in our opinion, the 3 best SKS scope mounts.

UTG Pro SKS Scope Mount

The UTG Pro SKS Scope mount is designed to allow the use of powerful and large optics. The UTG SKS mount mounts to the rear of the receiver and a section of metal runs over the bolt. This piece of metal acts as a brass deflector to insurance reliable operation regardless of how big and powerful your scope is. The UTG SKS Pro Scope mount is long but strong, and the metal is strong enough to resist bending under a heavy optic.

The mount is a solid one-piece construction and will add some significant weight to your weapon, but if you are putting a heavy optic on there I doubt you care. The optic mount offers 22 slots on a Picatinny rail, which provides plenty of room for most scopes. The scope mount also rides high enough to utilize iron sights for close range work, a feature I love.

The UTG Pro SKS scope mount (see full specs here) is easy to install and has zero wiggle room when properly installed. The UTG Pro will also work with all aftermarket stock on the market since it bolts onto the gun and not the stock. The UTG Pro is a welcome addition on any SKS and is probably the best SKS scope mount period.

UTG Pro SKS Receiver Mount Installed with Scope

Low Profile Picatinny Scope Mount Rail

One popular way to scope the SKS is with a long eye relief scope mount. This simple device replaces the rear sight leaf on an SKS (or an AK!) and replaces it with a stable Picatinny rail for mounting your favorite scout scope. The SKS is an ideal platform for converting to a scout style scope setup.

Originally designed around high powered bolt action rifles, the scout rifle concept has been loosely extended to include most any handy carbine fitted with a long eye relief scope. Certainly the SKS fits that description. The SKS is notoriously difficult to scope, with traditional dust cover mounts being somewhat notorious unless carefully installed. Other methods may involve drilling and tapping for special side mounts, or increasingly convoluted clamp on mounts.

All things considered, I find replacing the rear sight leaf to be most preferable, even if it does require a long eye relief scope. Aside from the stability and simplicity of the system, I like the fact it does not permanently alter a collectible rifle, and can be readily reversed. In addition, it preserves the relatively clean lines of an SKS and can be readily reversed in a few minutes with basic hand tools. Also, by placing the scope away from the dust cover, you are protected against the constant battering of the bolt as the rifle cycles- protecting your zero and reducing wear and tear on your optic. Such a product is among the best SKS scope mounts period.

Magwedge SKS Rail Scope Mount

  • Magwedge SKS Rail Scope Mount KwikRail Gen 2.5
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Want to scope your old battle rifle, but you don’t want to permanently alter a piece of history? Good, we can help you. Feast your eyes on the Magwedge SKS scope mount. This full-length scope mount attaches to the back of your receiver and replaces your rear sight. Installation takes a few minutes, longer if your rear sight is a little stiff, but it won’t alter the gun permanently. The Magwedge Scope mount is quite long and offers plenty of room for larger scopes.

What is also offers is lots of room for a red dot and magnifier combo. This kind of setup would be great on the SKS. It’s not a long range rifle but can touch a target out to 300 yards without much issue. Additionally, you could add a night vision or thermal device in front of your optic if you roll that way.

The Magwedge mount uses standard picatinny rails, which makes essentially universal in the modern scope market. The built-in shell deflector will keep steel cases from striking aluminum optics and scuffing and scratching them. The Magwedge mount is an affordable and precise means to add a little optics love into your rifle’s life–and one of the best SKS scope mounts period.

The Simonov

An SKS has never been known as a long range platform, but it is an excellent lightweight, low recoiling rifle that has remained popular. The SKS platform is a simple and very affordable weapon that is a sufficient hunter and all-around fun gun to own and operate. However, the main weakness of the weapon is its poorly designed Russian open sights. Anyway, you look at it, adding an optic, any optic, is a definite improvement for the rifle. However, without a solid mounting system your optic is useless.

I am a stickler for keeping historic rifles historic.  While this doesn’t mean avoiding upgrades, it does mean avoiding permanent modification to the rifle. The three scope mounts I’ve listed do not require any permanent modifications and are easy to install and uninstall. There is no reason your rifle cannot be historic and precise. Good luck!

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