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supergus 06-22-2008 07:11 PM

M59/66A1 ques...
 
I just bought a Yugoslovian SKS at a gun show and I had a ques. I know that all the components are matching #'s and the same # is on the stock. It's obvious the components are new but here's my question: would the bolt/receiver etc. be brand new or N.O.S. surplus? is Zastava still making these parts and then stamping the old wooden stock with the same part # as the other parts? Would a gun like this be worth more than an original or less?
This might be the deciding factor of whether or not I shoot it.

RL357Mag 06-22-2008 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by supergus (Post 28848)
I just bought a Yugoslovian SKS at a gun show and I had a ques. I know that all the components are matching #'s and the same # is on the stock. It's obvious the components are new but here's my question: would the bolt/receiver etc. be brand new or N.O.S. surplus? is Zastava still making these parts and then stamping the old wooden stock with the same part # as the other parts? Would a gun like this be worth more than an original or less?
This might be the deciding factor of whether or not I shoot it.


I bought a Yugo 59/66 and all the numbers matched because it was unissued and came packed in grease. In fact, it took me almost 2 hours to clean it up before I could shoot it. I paid $239. I can't answer your question about the bolt/stock without seeing the gun, but I would assume that yours is all original if the numbers match, and even if they don't they are probably new. As far as price and collectibility anytime you have a gun with matching numbers it is worth more than the same gun with non-matching numbers. I don't consider the SKS to have any collectors value. They are fun and cheapp to shoot and would make good mid-ranger hunting guns. Even the milled Yugo's are cheaply made guns that sell for well under the cost of almost any other milsurp gun, and are less accurate, with the exception of an AK, which is much less accurate.

supergus 06-22-2008 11:43 PM

I bought mine at a gun show and all the components were slathered in grease too. (not the stock though) Should I assume that this is an unissued surplus? Or if it was rebuilt using surplus parts would it still be covered with grease? Maybe I'm just reading too much into this. But I just like to know the history of my antiques(cars, furniture, guns). I guess for $280 I should just clean it and shoot it!

RL357Mag 06-23-2008 12:11 AM

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Originally Posted by supergus (Post 28909)
I bought mine at a gun show and all the components were slathered in grease too. (not the stock though) Should I assume that this is an unissued surplus? Or if it was rebuilt using surplus parts would it still be covered with grease? Maybe I'm just reading too much into this. But I just like to know the history of my antiques(cars, furniture, guns). I guess for $280 I should just clean it and shoot it!


$280 is a lot for a Yugo, so I'm assuming it is new, unissued, or at worst it was armory refinished. In either case it's the best SKS you can buy, and should be a good shooter. Good luck with it!

RL357Mag 06-23-2008 01:19 AM

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Originally Posted by supergus (Post 28909)
I bought mine at a gun show and all the components were slathered in grease too. (not the stock though) Should I assume that this is an unissued surplus? Or if it was rebuilt using surplus parts would it still be covered with grease? Maybe I'm just reading too much into this. But I just like to know the history of my antiques(cars, furniture, guns). I guess for $280 I should just clean it and shoot it!

It sounds like an unissued rifle to me - just like the one I got. Of course they could have been arsenal refinished and put in storage, but I doubt it since they quickly became obsolete weapons. Just enjoy it and shoot it! They are fun and cheap to shoot.

G21.45 06-23-2008 03:00 AM

Over the past 45 years the arsenal has repeatedly taken these rifles out of storage, cleaned them up, shot them, and made any necessary repairs. This is why it's impossible to get an unfired SKS.

Arsenal repairs are considered to be original rifles; personally, I'd be much more suspicious about what Century International might have done with some of these imports before they put them out on the market. What you got ain't nothing special; so, feel free, go ahead and shoot it. ;)

You do know the protocol - right? Thoroughly clean all the grease off the gun. Pay particular attention to the bolt assembly - Which should be, ideally, disassembled for cleaning. Failing this, soak it overnight in white kerosene.

The first time you fire that, 'new' SKS, single load the rounds. Then double load and fire with a very firm grip on the rifle. If all goes well for the first dozen, or so, rounds then you can start triple loading and firing - All with a very firm grip on the rifle.

(Because gummed-up SKS rifles have a nasty habit of suddenly going full auto on ya!) :eek:

Lots of luck getting all that Cosmolene off. I use automotive engine degreaser, white kerosene, and lots and lots of paper towels. Use a straightened paper clip to clean out the gas port. It's summertime, now, so placing the disassembled stock, wrapped in paper towels, inside a black garbage bag and leaving it out in the sun will help leech out a lot of residual Cosmolene that has previously soaked into the wood.

RL357Mag 06-23-2008 02:35 PM

I'll have to try the garbage bag trick!

Righteous 06-25-2008 02:19 AM

just take the stock off and run it thru the dishwasher, works like a charm

RL357Mag 06-25-2008 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Righteous (Post 29137)
just take the stock off and run it thru the dishwasher, works like a charm

And then dry it with a pair of the wife's panties?

ScottG 06-25-2008 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by RL357Mag (Post 29165)
And then dry it with a pair of the wife's panties?

Why not? She'll already be mad at you..... :D


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