When I had mine, I usually used Wolf or Silver Bear. I still have about 200 rds. from a bunch of different mfgr's., including a box of the brass-cased, boxer-primed Lapua. Mine preferred either S&B or Silver Bear "match", but it shot everything I could stuff in it very well.
The 2 most accurate brands of Russian ammo in my YUGO are the Brown Bear SP & Golden Tiger FMJ they average about 2" groups, one's in the middle are my reloads they average 1" to 1/2' groups. Depends on what yo want to do with your rifle that will decide what ammo you want to use
I prefer to shoot The Golden Tiger. I have shot just about every manufacture thru mine. For plinking, the Golden Tiger works great. I think that the GT is just a little better than Wolf. Plus you can still get 1000rds from AIM for $160. Which is about $3.20 a box.
Generally the same as everyone else - whatever I can find the cheapest. The SKS and AK are not picky. Your wasting money on the high dollar stuff. You may even get better accuracy with the communist stuff. The rifles were made to shoot the steel cased, smoke belching, sticky lacquer coated commie stuff! I think there is a slight size difference in the bullet diameter between the American made 7.62x 39 and the Communist block stuff. Like .311 (Russian) to .308 (USA). That is what i have heard at least - I have never actually measured it - may be an urban legend for all I know.
I use good old dirts arse Wolf. If I wanted something more accurate out of my SKS I would go Remington or Winchester, but that doesn't make much sense if you are shooting an SKS. Maybe for hunting. It goes bang every time and has reasonable accuracy for target shooting.
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if i wanted accurate... i would leave my sks and ak in my safe!
**** near anything will shoot circles around those two.
If you want any rifle to shoot accurately you have to hunt for the right load it likes, even an old 37 Yr. old YUGO SKS can shoot good with the right load. Might could do a little better if I had a scope on it.
Have to give that a try first of the year when I get my Choate drill & tap receiver side mount and a decent scope put on. That will be an interesting test. I might have to slip my 2 x 12 x 50 Mil-Dot on her.