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My first SKS....

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MacTech, Jun 9, 2011.

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  1. MacTech

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    Yesterday evening, I came to a realization about the Mosin 91/30 I picked up last week, the ergos just didn't fit me too well, and it was overkill for a hunting rifle up here in seacoastal southern Maine, the furthest shot I'd feel comfortable taking would be 200 yards, and the 54R round would be overkill for our small white tail deer

    Besides, the only thing I hunt, aside from paper targets and spoiled produce, are the occasional varmints, possums, woodchucks, snapping turtles in our bass pond, and coy-dogs (coyote-dog hybrid), nothing requiring the thunderous performance of the 54R cartridge

    So, I went back to the toy shop, returned the 91/30, got back what I paid for it, as it was still in "new" condition, and with a couple strategic trades of a couple knives from my collection, I was able to pick up a 1974 vintage Yugo SKS, used, but in *unfired* condition, yes, *unfired*, based on the Cosmoline build up on the innards of the gun, it had been in storage since it was made

    best part? it only cost me $80 out of pocket (not counting the purchase price of the 91/30 i picked up last week and returned for store credit, that is ;) )

    the bluing is 99.9999% new, just a few rough spots on the receiver, probably came that way out of the bluing tank as these were designed to be utility rifles, not wall-hangers/safe-queens, the stock (birchwood, I think) is in great shape, a darkish blonde, with great grain and character, and the phosphorescent night sights still glow when I hit them with light from my UV LED flashlight, this thing looks literally brand new, the bore is so shiny and clean that I could swear that it was chrome lined, even though I know the Yugos were not chrome lined

    the action is crisp, the bolt moves with authority, it shoulders well, balances nicely, and I love the solidness of the build, it looks and feels practically indestructible, just a well made, solid chunk of steel and wood

    It's going to take a while to get all the cosmo out of the metal parts, but it's also a good way for me to get to know my SKS better, inside and out

    Since I do plan to shoot domestic ammo in it, as well as surplus, I need to purchase one of those custom spring-loaded firing pins just to be on the safe side with domestic ammo, but I don't plan on shooting it at all until I've excised as much cosmo as possible from all the metal/moving parts

    Then again, it's in such nice shape that I'd feel a little guilty using it, it looks too nice to use, I'm actually contemplating keeping this one unfired for collectibility and picking up a second, cheaper SKS to be an actual "user"

    I'll take some pics later
     
  2. shiftyer1

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    A quick easy way to get the cosmoline out of the small parts is to boil them in water, the oil floats off. But it will ruin the pan......sorry dear. lol Also brake cleaner works good on the bigger parts. Congrats on ur find. Right now I have a yugo but would love to swap for a chinese.
     
  3. TziTzi

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    haha shiftyer1, I had to apologize to my wife after the EXACT same situation...

    I love my SKS. I put a TAPCO 6 position stock on it because my wife had trouble shooting it in the original configuration and after I adjusted I haven't looked back. Great number of modifications that aren't permanent for this rifle. Have fun with either that SKS or the next one you get and I think you'll be happy with the performance personally.
     
  4. nathan

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    good choice. Yugo SKSs are very well made.
     
  5. FlyinBryan

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    our semi auto rifles are ar15's, m1 garands, and a chinese shorty sks fitted for ak mags.

    although not as accurate as the first two, it is a joy to shoot.

    the recoil is nice and feels very solid (good)..... the muzzle flash and booming sound is very satisfying.

    being a norinco, and the short variety, accuracy is 8" or so @100yds, but the fun element is not trying to print clovers,,,,, its having a 30rd semi that always goes boom, is nimble and quick, and cost us less than 130 bux (purchased in apprx 1990)
     
  6. shiftyer1

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    Tzi.....I got off clean, I still wonder whatever happened to that pot;)
     
  7. TziTzi

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    Heh, not me shift. It's officially my cosmo pan now and the only one authorized for it.
     
  8. ColtPythonElite

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    Clean it up and shoot it.
     
  9. Sky

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    Yep wanted an SKS since 1969 but never purchased one?? Finally got one and wish I had purchased several a long time ago. Norinco chrome lined and is much more accurate than I ever thought it would be due to many comments I have heard and read.

    Aimsurplus had taken some of my money lately for 1120 rounds at $189 and will probably be taking more if I can get motivated to do a bit more shooting.

    "Survivor's sks board" is a dedicated web sight for the SKS and has some great threads and info on the beast.

    Congrats on the purchase. Windex works well on clean up and so does hot water; I do have a new can of break cleaner but have not needed it yet. I went to a store and purchased some aluminum pans ( like you bake a turkey in). After shooting I just put parts in the pan and spray down with Windex or simple green; they come clean easily. Then lube with Breakfree CLP and put back together; works for me.
     
  10. okiewita40

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    Congrats on the new Yugo. Just clean the cosmo out of and off of it and enjoy. And welcome the sks world as they tend to multiply.
     
  11. Andrew Wyatt

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    I would strongly consider the addition of a tech sights brand rear sight.
     
  12. Sky

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    $289 for the Yugo at
    Classic Arms
    A DIVISION OF U.S. ARMS LLC.
     
  13. jawn

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    I love my SKS. Pick up some stripper clips (or better yet, a crate of Yugo surplus ammo already on stripper clips) and have fun with it.
     
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    Yes Aimsurplus has the 1120 rounds on stripper clips for $189 ( corrosive )

    Classic Arms
    A DIVISION OF U.S. ARMS LLC. has Yugo's for $289
     
  15. MacTech

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    I was able to sneak out before the rain to snap some outdoor pics;

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  16. Sky

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    Great pics, good looking weapon, and again congrats!
     
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    Aimsurplus 1,120 ammo it's out of stock.


    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"- Benjamin Franklin
     
  18. DougW

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    Nice thing about a Yugo and hog hunting, if you run out of ammo, you can always make a bayonette charge!
     
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    And in that case, the bayo would literally live up to it's other name of "pig-sticker" ;)

    I'm sure the bayo is meant to be used dull, as purely a stabbing weapon, and that sharpening the lower edge is inadvisable, right? I'm sure a sharpened edge would be at the bare minimum an open invitation to rust…
     
  20. NoobCannon

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    Man, now I miss my old SKS....well, it was a Chinese Type 56, but same-same, roughly. My dad got it to teach me how to shoot a rifle(he paid $150 for it in 2004), and I enjoyed it thoroughly until he sold it... I want another one so bad. Maybe I'll pick one up for 4th of July....Celebrate the freedom of our great country by popping holes in something.

    One thing I like about the Yugo/Russian SKS' is that blade bayonet instead of the screwdriver-style bayonet on the Chinese counterparts. That, and original magazine is just prime for hunting, whereas the one I had had a 30-round detachable magazine with that god awful snout on the front to make up the space, and you had to play Hell just to get the magazine to seat right. Once you were there, though, it was just a blast, from the first shot to the last.
     
  21. Sky

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    YES THEY WERE OUT FOR ABOUT A WEEK BUT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE MORE NOW! PRICE HAS GONE UP I PAID $189

    Yugoslavian 7.62x39 123grn FMJ 15rd box

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    1,260rd case (84 boxes): $214.20ea
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    Beautiful 1980-90's Surplus Yugoslavian 7.62x39 ammunition. This is the best shooting 7.62x39 ammunition available. Features a 123grn lead core copper jacketed bullet, brass case, and berdan corrosive primer. Packed 15rds in a box, and 1,260rds (84 boxes) sealed in metal tin inside of a hinged latched wooden case.



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  22. sixgunner455

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    Nice looking example. Have fun with it.

    Don't they have moose up there in Maine?
     
  23. JTH

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    If you ever get the urge to sell it don't do it. I still have a Norinco SKS but I'm still kicking myself for selling my Paratrooper model that accepted the high capacity duckbill magazines. SKS's are still around but they'll never go down in price and eventually they'll all be gone, except for a few very overpriced rifles. As tough and durable as AK's and makes a better hunting rifle in it's original configuration. Clean her up and have some fun!
    JT
     
  24. nathan

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    Dont sell any version of SKS. They are the best value out there, Cheap ammo, handy , accurate within its design range parameter and just perfect for plinking and getting a new shooter progress to a centerfire. And its shoots like a traditional rifle unlike a semi auto with a pistol grip.

    I started letting my son shoot the AK and SKS when he turned 10 yrs old. The next day we i brought him to hunt and shot a hog right behind the neck. What an experience to see his eyes glow.
     
  25. Redneck with a 40

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    I bought my Yugo SKS back in '05 for $150. Its in excellent condition, but its not "cherry" like your's, but it doesn't bother me. I love shooting the SKS, it'll print 5 rounds into 4" at 100 yards, has a nice solid thump too it, and like others have said, a booming sound that puts a grin on my face. Its a blast to shoot at the range, you'll enjoy it.

    One more bonus, Wolf 7.62x39 is back down to about 20 cents/round now.
     
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