Joined the SKS club!!!


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PirateRadio
January 20, 2008, 04:18 PM
I went and picked up my SKS last night. Looks to be a 1974 Yugo.

http://www.spookywhatsqueeks.com/other/sks.jpg

I took it apart about 5 minutes ago and it looks REALLY gunked up inside. I'm not looking forward to cleaning it..... :eek:

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The Deer Hunter
January 20, 2008, 04:55 PM
Looks nice on the outside, the inside should probably clean up fine.

MMcfpd
January 20, 2008, 06:06 PM
That rifle is going to be a beauty, but if it's not de-cosmo'd yet get it off the carpet!

mgh
January 20, 2008, 06:12 PM
Congrats. Looks good from outside.

I got a yugo sks a month or so ago, started cleaning it up last week. Lot of cosmoline. I cleaned until I couldn't see any, but they say when you shoot it the cosmo comes out of nowhere. I finished today and reassembled, I'll take it to the range tomorrow.

It was a messy job, but it feels good to have a rifle I know from the inside out.

Have fun.

Hoppy590
January 20, 2008, 07:00 PM
break cleaner is your friend!

makes it real easy to get into those tough to reach spots such as the firing pin channel

wallager
January 20, 2008, 07:11 PM
LOL welcome to the club brother, my son cleanly dropped 2 nice whitetails with one this past season. Hint wd-40 goes through cosmo like a white tornado. That rifle is worth it, it is soooooo smooth, like the Rolls Royce of sk's

DiN_BLiX
January 20, 2008, 09:22 PM
Welcome to the brotherhood of those who see beauty in ultility.
http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc63/din_blix/sks.jpg

DiN_BLiX
January 20, 2008, 09:29 PM
PS i love you signature.

Anteater1717
January 21, 2008, 03:21 AM
Welcome to the club
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=71538&stc=1&d=1200900279

230RN
January 21, 2008, 02:30 PM
Beautiful!

With limited testing so far at a 25-yard indoor range, I could swear mine shoots better with the gas port shut off and single-loading. Can anyone confirm this?

Gingerbreadman
January 21, 2008, 03:35 PM
Welcome to the club! I joined a little over a year ago with my Yugo SKS.
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/2247/sks5966si2.jpg

Just be aware of the gas cutoff valve. That little doohickey can be a PITA if you don't pay attention to it. And yes, cosmoline will appear to come from out of nowhere. Fun little rifle though.

Cmdr. Gravez0r
January 21, 2008, 04:33 PM
I could swear mine shoots better with the gas port shut off and single-loading. Can anyone confirm this?

my steel cases stick when I do that and it's a pain in the hassle but I know other people do it. Don't know of any quantified accuracy test.

Hanzerik
January 21, 2008, 04:55 PM
Just picked a Yugo up myself on Friday. This is my second Yugo, but 4th SKS. I always seem to sell them and then regret it and buy another one. My last Yugo was a very nice 1983 model, sold it at a funshow for a bit more then what I payed for it. I think the Yugo's are some of the best looking and rugged of the SKS family.

Nugilum
January 21, 2008, 05:32 PM
You're in for a messy ride, that's for sure! I got a Yugo about three weeks ago and it was the most greased rifle I ever bought. :eek:
Be sure to study the videos from the previous thread on how to assemble and disassemble your Yugo. It's the best video I've seen and will point you in the right direction.

Disassemble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_Kdn3JQDQ

Reassemble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWmEyxA9o-M

Now if something doesn't look right or you're stuck, don't hesitate to ask! We've all gone though this once. :)

Let us know when you're done and how it went! ;)

Limeyfellow
January 21, 2008, 05:37 PM
Surplus rifles also has lots of good stuff on the SKS too at http://www.surplusrifle.com/sks/index.asp

To get rid of the cosmoline I soak the smaller pieces in cleaning solvent and use simple green over night and give them a scrub with an old toothbrush. Then I pour boiling water down the barrel and through the action that evaporates off in no time before it can rust and flushes the cosmoline right out. Then use boiling water to leech the cosmoline out of the stock several times and replace the oil surface with BLO. It takes a few days to do it properly but you end up with a nicely cleaned SKS that doesn't leech gunk everytime you fire it.

Make sure you take the bolt apart and clean the firing pin channel well.

PirateRadio
January 21, 2008, 05:55 PM
You're in for a messy ride, that's for sure! I got a Yugo about three weeks ago and it was the most greased rifle I ever bought.
Be sure to study the videos from the previous thread on how to assemble and disassemble your Yugo. It's the best video I've seen and will point you in the right direction.

Disassemble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_Kdn3JQDQ

Reassemble: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWmEyxA9o-M

Now if something doesn't look right or you're stuck, don't hesitate to ask! We've all gone though this once.

Let us know when you're done and how it went!

I've watched those videos about 3 times before I got the gun. I was able to disassemble part of it and determine that it's really bad inside that gun. Really not looking forward to cleaning it....

cornman
January 21, 2008, 06:19 PM
Why are so many of you gun nut buying more than one? You just drive the prices up!

jad0110
January 21, 2008, 10:06 PM
I took it apart about 5 minutes ago and it looks REALLY gunked up inside. I'm not looking forward to cleaning it.....

My grandfather recently gave my dad what appeared to be a really big Q-Tip that looked like it had been used to clean out an elephant's ears or something :D. To our surprise, there was a Chinese SKS burried in there!!!

This particular SKS was given to my grandfather by the South Vietnamese government around '73. It was captured off an NVA soldier in the late 60s. The stock is beat up, and it has plenty of nicks and scratches, but it is in very solid shape and appears to have been fired very little (if any).

Anyway, we used Gunk Out to give it a really good cleaning. Brake cleaner would be a good substitute. We disassembled everything except the trigger assembly. The bolt with free floating firing pin definitely needs attention. We filled a disposable aluminum drip pan with some Gunk Out and let the parts soak in it for a while. Even so, it took several hours to clean. Gad, what a mess. Also, there is a spring that the gas piston presses against inside the housing upon which the rear sight is attached. There was a gob of cosmoline in there, which we did not discover until after the 2nd cleaning.

Also, be careful about where you use such harsh chemicals. I got some on my grass and it totally nuked it :cuss: ... so do it near a pile of weeds and kill two birds with one stone :).

Anyway, here's a pic of my father's SKS. It is so much fun that I ended up with an AK to go with it!


http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q139/jad0110/SKS%20Type%2056/IMG_4119.jpg

Ben Shepherd
January 21, 2008, 10:36 PM
Brake cleaner is a little rough. Use a product called "foamy engine brite" on all the metal parts. It foams, gets down in all the nooks and crannies. It also DOESN'T remove the paint off your grenade sight or night sights like brake clean can.

As for the stock, the best method is gentle heat and mineral spirits if you're wanting to keep the original stock and put a nice finish on it.

Also, some will say you don't have to. But: GET THE FIRING PIN ALL THE WAY OUT OF THE BOLT AND CLEAN THAT CHANNEL OUT. Clean it very well.

I've seen one that had the bolt boiled to remove the cosmo STILL have enough in there to stick the pin forward and slam fire a whole magazine.

rocinante
January 21, 2008, 10:47 PM
second on taking the bolt apart for cleaning. You may think the retaining pin will not come out but it will if you pound on it hard enough with a bfh.

Hanzerik
January 21, 2008, 11:57 PM
Hehe, When I was breaking my bolt down yesterday I was getting really pissed. Never had a extractor retaining pin that tight before, soaked it for an hour or so in hoppes and was finally able to pound it out. Was pretty hard to put back in also, but hopefully after I get a chance to run some rounds down-range it will loosen up a little for future disassembly. When I got it the firing pin was really tight, to the point of being stuck. I'm sure it would have slam fired a couple rounds if I hadn't cleaned it out before firing. But after cleaning it moves freely in the channel.

Hanzerik
January 22, 2008, 12:00 AM
DOUBLE TAP

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230RN
January 22, 2008, 01:06 AM
Cmdr. Gravez0r:

Thanks for the tip on the steel cases. I've only fired brass ammo, but it stands to reason the steel might stick.

I've got a couple of boxes of the steel ammo, just never used it.

Nugilum
January 22, 2008, 01:19 AM
cornman: "Why are so many of you gun nut buying more than one? You just drive the prices up!"

can't...help...myself... :banghead:
Lets see: a rifle you can do almost anything to, is near impossible to wear out, and only costs ~$200-$300, how can you have just one? :confused: It's almost as bad as my Mosin Nagant addiction!

Also I have yet to have someone shoot one of my SKSs and say "I don't like that". ;)

flynlr
January 22, 2008, 05:39 AM
question about the firing pin?

when I beat the hell out the retaining pin on my yugo to get it out I broke it.
the replacement retaining pin I got fit kinda loose. is this ok?

markk
January 22, 2008, 06:31 AM
My Norinco Sporter...
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c73/kmark/P1220159.jpg

cyclist
January 22, 2008, 10:25 AM
What's the deal with this gas port shutoff? How does one do it, and why would one do it? Sounds interesting for some reason.

Hanzerik
January 22, 2008, 02:31 PM
question about the firing pin?

when I beat the hell out the retaining pin on my yugo to get it out I broke it.
the replacement retaining pin I got fit kinda loose. is this ok?


The way the bolt rests in the bolt carrier it will not come out when the pieces are properly assembled into the receiver.


What's the deal with this gas port shutoff? How does one do it, and why would one do it? Sounds interesting for some reason.


The Yugoslavians SKS Model 59/66 have a gas shut off valve for the purpose of firing muzzle attached grenades. The valve (when shut) prevents the gas that normally cycles the action from doing so. If you shut the valve off and fire your weapon with normal ammunition the bolt will not cycle and will have to manually work the action. Special blank ammunition is used for firing grenades.

http://www.bloomautomatic.com/index_files/page0002.htm

cyclist
January 22, 2008, 02:39 PM
Thanks. Do the Russian SKS models have this feature on them?

Nugilum
January 22, 2008, 04:49 PM
The Yugo is the only SKS with the gas shut off valve. No other SKS has this feature.

Besides, the grenade launcher would ruin the sexy lines of the Russian SKS-45! :neener:

FieroCDSP
January 22, 2008, 05:06 PM
Yes, the accuracy improves, a la a bolt-action rifle. I prefer to fire my reloads with the port shut off, as it keeps the brass from flying into the ether where I can never find it. No to mention prevents the brass from getting dinged up. And you don't have to clean the gas system.

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