Pimp my SKS


September 10, 2005, 03:58 PM
I finally bought one! Good condition Yugo for just over $100! My first rifle.

First thing I need is a stock, because I don't like the short LOP and prefer pistol grip stocks. What's a good synthetic one?

Then I want to possibly do something about the trigger. Is there hope for improvement?

I want to somehow mount an optic forward so that I can still use stripper clips. I don't know if that can be done or not.

I'd like 20-30 round mag, but people say they are unreliable. Is this true in all cases?

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September 10, 2005, 04:12 PM
The SKS is different, not wrong. Shoot it like it is for awhile, my Yugo grew on me.

The Grand Inquisitor
September 10, 2005, 05:12 PM
Kace is correct. Shoot it for a while before you start to tart it up. The SKS is a dependable and serviceable rifle, and a very good place to start a military rifle collection (you need and AK).

There is a reason the SKS wasn't designed with a pistol grip and 30 round box magazine, so have a little faith in Comrade Semenov's design and try it out as an issue service rifle.

That being said, most of the SKS accessories, especially the removable mags, don't have a stellar reputation.

Sam Cade
September 10, 2005, 05:28 PM
Before you do ANYTHING with your rifle disassemble it totally and clean it well.
Pay special attention to the firing pin channel in the bolt.

The fastest way to make an SKS inaccurate is to drop it into a junky aftermarket stock that don't fit.

The fastest way to make an SKS unreliable is to install any removable magazine.

September 10, 2005, 05:32 PM
Ok, I will jump in on this one. I just finished "pimping" an SKS.I found a Chinese in good condition, used an ATI Monte Carlo synthtic stock and handguard (better LOP and has a nice pad and sling swivel), see thru weaver type receiver cover scope mount, red dot sight, 10 rd steel detachable mag, and a sling. If I do more with it later, it would be some type of aftermarket sights. Probably an aperature type rear sight. I know what most people will say... I have $300 in a $125 gun.... Guess what ??? Its all in what you like and enjoy. I like the SKS, the reliability, the cost of the ammo, and it shoots accurate enough and hits hard enough for what I use it for, and now I like the way it looks as well.

September 10, 2005, 05:32 PM
I agree with the other posters, but if you must change it.. Choate makes a good synthetic stock. Most people say the ATI ones are not so great. You can get a scout mount which replaces the adjustable iron sights and mount a scope there. The situation with the magazine is pretty much that you need to stick with the 10rd if you want reliability.

I left mine stock though and I enjoy it. These rifles only have mediocre accuracy so most people find that after all the modifications they are still not happy and go back to stock.

September 10, 2005, 05:45 PM
Here's a good, simple, one stop shop to do what you want:

It was actually designed to be what you are trying to change your SKS into...and probably doesn't cost too much more than you will have to spend on your SKS (stock + trigger + reliable mags) to make it work reliably.

September 10, 2005, 06:24 PM
Yeah they had AKs for 350 where I bought my SKS.

I don't have any problem with the stock magazine, it suits me just fine.

I already have a cheap red dot floating around.

I DO want a pistol grip stock because I have injured wrists and regular stocks are just uncomfortable for me to shoot. I want to have fun with my sks.

September 10, 2005, 06:51 PM
Hey Zach.... If you decide to work on your SKS,this is where most of my parts came from. Centerfire Systems in Kentucky. They have a decent selection of SKS supplies, as well as other makes. www.centerfiresystems.com Good sevice from these folks btw

September 10, 2005, 08:16 PM
The best aftermarket SKS stock with a pistol grip is the Choate Dragunov stock.

The best scope mount is the Choate drill and tap.

Sleeping Dog
September 10, 2005, 08:59 PM
The best scope mount is the Choate drill and tap.
That site recommends having a gunsmith do the drill & tap. I agree, having drilled & tapped an SKS receiver for a mount. One of the holes wore out two drill bits and two taps, the steel was so hard.

With that mount, it is not possible to use a stripper clip. And, the bolt carrier runs pretty violently inside the receiver, so you need a tough scope (or a good guarantee). It'll knock the reticle loose from a cheap scope.


September 10, 2005, 09:14 PM
The SKS is great because there are so many aftermarket parts. I think everyone pimps an SKS at one time in their life. I have nothing against it, these guns are plentiful and inexpensive, do what you want with YOUR gun. Half the fun of the SKS is going through the pimp process. :D

Some aftermarket mags work and some don't. I had several that never failed me but then I bought some extra cheap and crappy ones that always failed me. Stay away from the plastic one at all costs, they seem to break as soon as you try and use them. Some of the steel ones do work, it is a crap shoot but if it looks like it is well made, it may work.

The most comfortable stock with pistol grip is the Choate Dragonov. It is not a folder if that is what you want. The Choate folder is better than the ATI folder.

I think there is a scope mount that fits over or replaces the rear sight, that is supposed to be the best if used with a long eye relief scope like a red-dot. I like the Mojo peep sight that replaces the rear sight. Buy that and if you don't like it, you can sell it to me.

There is a lot you can do with a SKS and the good news is, it is mostly non-gunsmith stuff that is 100% reversable. If you decide you don't like it, you can always put it back the way it was so there is no downside. Just buy quality stuff so you can sell it again for at least some of what you paid in case you decide you don't like the set up.

September 10, 2005, 10:00 PM
I just got a Mojo rear sight for my Yugo M59. Now I have to figure out how to put it on.

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