Got a Yugo SKS

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by JiroZero713, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. JiroZero713

    JiroZero713 Active Member

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    And I don't know a damn thing about them lol.

    I bought this gun as my main big bullet rifle and I'll be buying a .22 rifle soon.

    The reason why I bought this one over an M1 like I was planning is because this one was dirt freakin cheap.


    It's REAL nasty though but from what I'm told these rifles clean up real good and can be easily cleaned at that....of course I'm sure you guys can either tell me the truth on the matter.


    I need to know all I can about SKS's and I'll be darting all around here looking for information on them, but if you guys can link me to some fun facts and the proper dismantling and field stripping and cleaning of the weapon that would be great.

    I would use this thread as a quick reference to myself.

    Eitherway.

    YEEEEEHAAAAW!
     
  2. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    I have decent experience with the SKS rifles. Let me know if you need any help answering any questions you may have.

    SKS rifles are very fun to shoot. I've owned a total of 2 SKS rifles, and enjoyed them both.

    The first thing you should do is clean off all the cosmoline that is most likely on the rifle (i.e. the thick, greasy stuff in the working components).

    Be sure to search the internet for proper cleaning/takedown/safety instructions. YouTube is a good resource for this.

    Happy shooting.:cool:

    Here's some links:

    Part 1 of SKS dissassembly/reassembly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_Kdn3JQDQ

    Part 2 of SKS dissassembly/reassembly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWmEyxA9o-M
     
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  3. JiroZero713

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    not sure about Cosmoline really.

    I don't think so since I got the Gun from a Gun Shop but I do plan on cleaning this dang thing before I use it.....One thing that is driving me crazy is I want to take a look at the grenade sights...but I can't....the little button or gas thing he talks about in the vid is stuck and I can not move it.

    *edit Figured it out.

    Whoever owned this last probably didn't do any cleaning with it and left all the cosmoline in the dang gas piston making it gunk up. I used a kitchen knife to move it so That's what I'll use again once I clean it sometimes.

    Any suggestions on what I should buy? This is my very first gun ever.


    *another Edit

    Anyone got a link for an SKS manual in english that fits the Yugo? I need to print one out for my records.
     
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  4. dragunovsks

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    Try this link JiroZero, it has lots of info on the designer of the SKS and even has some info on how to get a manual in english. I printed off this page on all my military surplus rifles, the history about them is what I like.

    www.surplusrifles.com/sks/index.asp

    Hope this helps, be careful and have fun.

    Thomas

    The manual on this site my not be for the Yugo SKS, but the actions of the different variants are all the same. The only diff. is the length of the barrel and type of bayonet, and minor things like that, but internally they are all the same.
     
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  5. supergus

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    Are you near a Gander Mtn.? They should have bright yellow booklets for most rifles and handguns,.
     
  6. JiroZero713

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    What's Gander Mtn.? Also that surplus sight I don't trust it...the site eh well is poorly made....and I'm not so sure about it.....I don't know what button to press.
     
  7. slowryde45

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    http://www.simonov.net/

    Slo
     
  8. janikphoto

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    Do NOT assume anything with a firearm. Always take it apart and check it out first!!! Many gun shops buy these surplus rifles that have been covered in cosmoline, and they don't bother to clean them up. They just sell them to you and let you do it.
     
  9. JiroZero713

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    I've gotten it cleaned up a bit and it apparantly had already been used a bit as well. It's relatively fine. Since this is only a fun rifle I'm going to leave some of the cosmoline on certain places so it won't rust to bad. Places like the bolt area and the magazine as well as the barrel have been cleaned.

    This rifle is in good shape...someone oiled the **** out of the recoil spring to death for no damn reason...makes no sense. Oh well that's fixed and it feels smoother now.


    Let's see if it will fire once I can find me a range nearby.

    Also can anyone suggest me a good sight attachment? Those rail things that go on the receiver plate are they any good? And if they are make me a suggestion of what to buy. If not tell me another one as I'm getting a scope for this thing as this is a long rifle....way longer than any other SKS I've seen....I'm not even sure what model lol.

    Either way also about those 30 round magazine clips you can get. Any good? I'm probably just going to keep the internal magazine for now but I just wanted to know if the 30 round mags are good....from what I see all people have done is just make the 30 round mag act like the internal magazine by locking in the same way....doesn't seem to difficult.
     
  10. Southern6er

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    Use mineral spirits to put the metal parts in. It will clean off the cosmo pretty quickly. A toothbrush/toothpick will help get it out of those tight corners.

    As for the stock, I used Simple Green and hot water to get most of the cosmo out. THEN I went back and used turpentine to clear it out some more. Applied it with 0000 steel wool as I didn't want to damage the stampings on the stock. Once it dried, I gave it a couple wipes with Simple Green again and one more with turpentine to ensure all cosmo was out. I then used Tom's 1/3 military wax on the stock (used it on my Garand too). Here is how they came out.

    I rubbed in a heavy layer of Tom's mix (available at www.thegunstockdoctor.com) by hand. Heat from my hand helped it soften and get absorbed. Let it sit for several hours (overnight is good). Wiped it down really good. Then applied another couple of layers with the 0000 steel wool to work it in better. Wipe and repeat until your stock is how you want it. I did this about 3 months ago on my rifles and I think they're thirsty enough that it is ready for another good coat and I'll be good for a while.

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    Garand After (middle rifle)

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    SKS Before

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    SKS After

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  11. JiroZero713

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    That's basically how my SKS looks right now but for some reason I like the old look to it so far. Maybe in the future I'll give it a full cleaning but for now I think I'll keep it as is and just clean the necessary parts because if I take all the Cosmo out then it will rust much easier or so I'm told.

    If this is a bad idea in your guys opinions I may reconsider but for now I'll leave it as is.
     
  12. c3shooter

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    www.surplusrifle.com has some good info on the SKS- and a BUNCH of other milsurp weapons. DO be sure that the bolt has been cleaned well- the SKS has a free floating firing pin- no return spring- and if it is gunked up, they HAVE been known to slamfire. Slamfire, BTW, is the term for loading up a magazine, pulling back the bolt, releasing it, and the rifle empties the mag without you touching the trigger.

    I have added a scope to one of my SKS's- I used the rail-built-onto-replacement-top-cover type. Mine was file-to-a-real-snug-fit type, and has worked well.
     
  13. JiroZero713

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    Ok I decided to just go ahead and clean the dang thing.

    So this mineral spirits stuff. Do I just plain dunk all the metal parts the small springs and recoil springs all in there?

    If not just tell me what parts need to go into the Spirits before I do it.

    Also should I just dunk it in the stuff for a few days and let it sit or just scrub at it like crazy with the stuff?
     
  14. JiroZero713

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    I have disasembled the entire rifle now and will got out and purchase me a long plastic pan to soak the barrel and other various metal parts of the gun.


    After soaking it for about an hour what else should I do to the rifle? (i'm also going to look at the other info you gave me so I may answer my own question soon lol)

    Should I get a rifle cleaning kit tomorrow as well and clean the inside of the soak barrel to get it dry first?
     
  15. Southern6er

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    After soaking the parts for bit, look them over and make sure the cosmo is out of the nooks and crannies (Q-tips work great!).

    Once you have them out, wipe them down and let air dry. Once dry, clean and lube them as you would after shooting (Hoppes #9, CLP, whatever), then oil accordingly.

    The only thing I didn't like about leaving my stock in the form I got it was this: If you go shooting, the gun will heat up and leach cosmoline all over YOU, your clothes, and any gear you have close by. I love my rifles, but I'm not gonna trash my clothes for it. :) It will be most noticeable along the warm metal parts, but the butt of the barrel will be very close to your clothes.

    If you use the Turpentine method I described earlier, it will take 3-6 wipedowns to really get the cosmo out (though some may still be in the DEEP parts of the rifle (not worth worrying about at this point though), but it will dry quickly for you to apply the wax I mentioned earlier or something like Boiled Linseed Oil or your favorite wood treatment.

    Previously, I had used Howard's Restor-a-finish to do the wood, then applied their orange oil/beeswax mix to it and it looked okay for a while. I just preferred the Tom's mix, especially after seeing my Garand's results.
     
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    Nah I'm looking at the stock and I think someone has already cleaned most of the cosmoline out of it but someone didn't do a big job of it so I'm just going to soak the parts and just use some dish detergent on the stock.

    I like the old gun look of it.
     
  17. Boris

    Boris New Member

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    Can you still get charger clip for the SKS, and do they fit the Yugoslavian SKS?
     
  18. JiroZero713

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    Yes they do. But I kind of hate the internal magazine seeing as how I have to hold the gun and load it. I'd rather have a detachable magazine I can load myself. Which is why I'm buying one today.
     
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    UPDATE: Metal parts are now soaking. Not enough Mineral spirits so I'm just going to flip it a few times over a few hours.

    Also I bought a 20 Round Tapco Magazine as I heard they are excellent.

    As well as a cleaning kit that I'm going to use to lube up and clean all the metal parts after their soak.

    Edit* Shiza! It looks like to get a proper fit I'm going to have to make the opening bigger on the wooden stock from what I read.

    Mother trucker....it kind of goes in there already but if I have to do that what do you guys suggest?

    Btw I like this magazine. So much more sturdy imo.
     
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    Sorry for the triple post but I just finished cleaning the rifle and now I have finished modifying it. After a few shoves I got the new magazine in there with a satisfying snap. The feel of the Tapco Magazine is just wonderful.


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    I am one happy camper with my first gun modification ever.

    I removed and replaced it with hardly any effort and it stay very stable...I think someone already did the wood modification for me and just sold the gun to the gun store with the internal and they kept their Magazine.

    I found one thing that concerns me a bit....right here.

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    You can see it slightly the lip of the gun that goes over the stock is bent upwards and the other side is bent down a bit.

    Granted it still fits but should it be of any concern? The Stock feels solid enough....I had a bit of a scare when I was putting the new mag in...I almost pushed the entire gun out when putting the trigger back lol...but it's stable now.

    *Edit Damn after cleaning it I and lubeing it up it gets caught on the plastic Magazine...Granted It probably won't be as bad if actual bullets in there but you know either way. I want to test that out but I'm scared to put a round in the chamber lol.
     
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