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Old 11-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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So I just acquired a very nice polytech sks, mid-60's model from what I can gather. It's a great gun, except... I want to make it my main rifle for SHTF. I've always been a big fan of the sks, but it surely needs a little push into modern times. What I need is some ideas on a scope mount that still lets me use iron sights, a good idea that will help me to keep tension on the cleaning rod when I take off the bayonet, and some general advice when converting this rifle. What I DON'T need is guys coming in here with the "Just buy an AK" or "its not worth the time" comments, because it wastes everyone's time. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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For a nice, sturdy scope mount look on the BrassStacker website. They have a scope mount that clamps onto the rear sight block and still let's you use the iron sights, plus it doesn't require any modification to the rifle. Sootch00 on YouTube has a video reviewing the mount and it shows installation too. Tapco has a stock that has rails for attachments, a pistol grip, and a collapsible buttstock (you will need to make your SKS 922r compliant to do this, tapco sells a kit that has parts that makes you rifle compliant and improves the life of the part because they're modern production and American made). To make your cleaning rod not make noise when you move, I would say either try to put a spring at the end of it that goes into the stock, or a simple piece of tape going around it attaching to the barrel. Hope this helps!

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How's the LOP? Stock buttpads are available. Get a

bladed bayonet, but sharpen the inside blade to a razor edge.

In SHTF, both the knife and cleaning rod will be hot

properties, for barter. Be sure you have the mini cleaning kit

which goes in the present buttplate. Keep the internal mag,

go to a Chinese 20 round internal mag, if you feel you really need it. The

last thing you need is something high profile, sticking out of the bottom of

your rifle, or mag and jamming issues, in SHTF.

A syn stock will withstand weather better, and is lighter,

but kiss any collector value goodbye. The original stock

looks great, BTW. About a 700-800$ rifle, in today's market,

IMO. I cite J&Gs catalog as an example. Crappy SKSs are flying off

the shelves for 500$. You sure you want to butcher such a fine

investment? You could sell this rifle at a premium, buy a beater

SKS with the proper knife bayo for half as much, and be way ahead

on the deal. If that SKS has matching serials, I'd be willing to bet

you could sell it for at least 750$ any day of the week, because it has the

rarer cruciform bayo.

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For SHTF reliability and simplicity will be your best friends. The best no nonsense mags I've found have been the fixed 20 round Chinese mags if you think you need extra capacity. A synthetic stock will handle weather better. The fixed stocks have fewer things to go wrong, and Choate makes them pretty solid. The BrasStacker is a pretty solid optics mount.

When it comes to SKS rifles I'm pretty much a traditionalist though. But I won't say what you already said not to say. But I'm thinking it really hard.

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Thanks guys. Yeah, I know, it's not something I'm going to butcher. It's a great rifle. All of my modifications would be (preferably) reversible. And, for the record, my 30 rnd poly mags never jam, but they are ol cobray mags that are impossible to find anymore....

Sidenote- My mosin T53 would be a possible candidate for modification, any ideas on that subject?

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For the T53, you can probably find a clamp on mount for it, a ATI replacement stock, and a few extra parts (bolt, firing pin, firing pin spring, ect).

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For the Mosin, check out Nutnfancy YouTube videos. He has a 91/30 that he fully duracoated, added a Brass Stacker scope mount and a red dot to it. Some if the videos show him running it in some drills. Seemed like he made a pretty practical shooter out of it.

How does your T53 shoot? I'd consider modifying one if I can find one that was as accurate as my 91/30s have been.

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Mine shoots great, and it is in pretty good shape, not all-matching, but close (everything minus bolt) but for $130, I can modify it and not feel bad. I'm thinking about removing the bayonet lug (crowd gasps) and smoothing it down perfect and mounting the clamp-on right on that area. I'll keep the bayonet and put a handle on it, it may be useful still (as a screwriver)

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http://m.youtube.com/results?q=nutnfancy%20mosin%20nagant&sm=1

That should link you to a selection of videos about nutnfancy's Mosin project. It isn't anything super out of this world. But the mods he made seen practical, and do seem to make it a bit more user friendly.
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Thanks!

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