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Joined the SKS club!!!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by PirateRadio, Jan 20, 2008.

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  1. PirateRadio

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    I went and picked up my SKS last night. Looks to be a 1974 Yugo.

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

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    Looks nice on the outside, the inside should probably clean up fine.
     
  3. MMcfpd

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    That rifle is going to be a beauty, but if it's not de-cosmo'd yet get it off the carpet!
     
  4. mgh

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    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.
     
  5. Hoppy590

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    break cleaner is your friend!

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

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    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
     
  7. DiN_BLiX

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    Welcome to the brotherhood of those who see beauty in ultility.
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  8. DiN_BLiX

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    PS i love you signature.
     
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    Welcome to the club
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  10. 230RN
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    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?
     
  11. Gingerbreadman

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    Welcome to the club! I joined a little over a year ago with my Yugo SKS.
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    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.
     
  12. Cmdr. Gravez0r

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    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.
     
  13. Hanzerik

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    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.
     
  14. Nugilum

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    Congrads!

    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! ;)
     
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    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.
     
  16. PirateRadio

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    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....
     
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    Why are so many of you gun nut buying more than one? You just drive the prices up!
     
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    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!


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  19. Ben Shepherd

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    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.
     
  20. rocinante

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    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.
     
  21. Hanzerik

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    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.
     
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  23. 230RN
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    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.
     
  24. Nugilum

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    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". ;)
     
  25. flynlr

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    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?
     
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