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My first SKS!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by dak0ta, Nov 12, 2015.

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  1. joem1945

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    Buy a sight adjusting tool. You'll most likely need it.
     
  2. Clark

    Clark Member

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    I have 6 SKS rifles:
    Russ $150 + $12 FFL 1997
    Yugo $90 +$12 FFL 2002
    Yugo $90 +$12 FFL 2003
    China $90 +$12 FFL 2003
    Albanian $90 +$12 FFL 2005
    Albanian $90 +$12 FFL 2005

    I have only shot the first Yugo in 2002.
    I have not shot any since, but i did shoot a different Chinese often in the 1990s.
     

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  3. dak0ta

    dak0ta Member

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    Ok, so cracked open my ammo crate tonight. 1970s Romanian surplus. My rifle also came with the oiler bottle and its pouch.

    Any idea what the markings on the crate and case headstamps stand for?

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    Gee, what's under this?
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    1320 Rounds

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  4. dak0ta

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    Do you guys shoot your SKS on the U battle sight setting? 0-300 yard point blank? Or do you use the 100 m rear sight notch?
     
  5. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

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    @ dak0ta, Nice looking rifle!
    Be advised that any surplus Romanian 7.62x39 ammunition is almost certainly corrosive, so clean accordingly.
    I'm guessing you're in Canada?
     
  6. Mosin Bubba

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    I leave mine at 100. It seems to be on for any distance less than that, and I just kind of eyeball it for anything over that. I rarely shoot it past 100 yards anyway, maybe 150-200 yards maximum.

    I found out the hard way that the "battle setting" is actually the same as the 300 meter zero, and at 100 yards it puts bullets well over your target. As I understand it, it was designed so that you can set your rifle to battle zero and get a center of mass hit on an enemy soldier at any distance from point blank to 300 yards by just aiming for his belt buckle. I don't have a source for that - if that's wrong please let me know.
     
  7. dak0ta

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    Which parts need to be cleaned with corrosive ammo? Bolt face, gas system, piston extension, barrel. Any other areas? Trigger housing, bolt carrier, magazine?
     
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    Barrel and gas system. Use a water based cleaner to dissolve the salts.
     
  9. dak0ta

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    Anybody know why the Soviet engineers scrapped the firing pin return spring? Is there an advantage to a free-floating firing pin?

    Also, when the rifle is in battery with a round chambered, is the design drop safe? Or can you have a ND if the rifle falls on buttstock?
     
  10. futurerider103

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    I adjusted my frontsight so that the 1 mark on the rear leaf is 100m
     
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