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Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by supergus, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. supergus

    supergus New Member

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    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.
     
  2. RL357Mag

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    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.
     
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  3. supergus

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    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!
     
  4. RL357Mag

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    $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!
     
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  5. RL357Mag

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    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.
     
  6. G21.45

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    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.
     
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  7. RL357Mag

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    I'll have to try the garbage bag trick!
     
  8. Righteous

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    just take the stock off and run it thru the dishwasher, works like a charm
     
  9. RL357Mag

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

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

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    I spent half a day yesterday cleaning the cosmoline off and reassembling it.
    I just used some stuff from H.D. called TSP Substitute. Soaked the smaller parts and trigger assembly in it for about 15 min. Scrubbed with various brushes, sprayed everything down with brake cleaner and lightly oiled. Larger parts that were inside the stocks had less cosmoline, so I just dipped a brush in the TSP Sub. and scrubbed. She's all back together now but where the hell can you shoot a 7.62x39mm rifle!?:confused: I'm not really sure how much room I need. What's the range on these rifles?
     
  12. c3shooter

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    Similar range to a 30-30 deer rifle. Most indoor PISTOL ranges will not allow (backstop is not intended to stop rifle ammo) It IS a carbine, EFFECTIVE range about 150 meters. Fired at a 47 degree angle, bullet COULD travel several miles, but no one does that unless defending against hostile aircraft:). Any rifle range that permits centerfire rifles should welcome it. Saw a half dozen on my range last weekend. You have just discovered the OTHER half of the hunt- having gotten the rifle, now get a place to shoot! Check w/ local gunshops, the NRA (um- you ARE a member, right?) and your state Rifle Assoc.
     
  13. Southern6er

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    Keep in mind, you can have an unissued rifle, but the numbers may have been altered at the factory to have everything match...

    Some good information here to keep in mind...

    http://yugosks.net/recogsks2-1.htm
     
  14. supergus

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    Excellent write up! Thanks!