SKS Predicament

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by zaitsev44, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    I'm getting a SKS for my birthday Friday and I'm torn between several. I can get a incomplete M59/66 from Century as a project rifle (which I've been wanting), a complete M59/66 from my LGS, a Norinco from the same store. Any help? Thanks
     
  2. zaitsev44

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    Also which ones have the chrome lined barrel? I kinda want a chrome lined cause I'm pretty sure im gonna shoot corrosive though it.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Go for the Norinco. You can thank me later.

    Chromed bore, no gas valve to go bad and need replacement.
     
  4. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    Ok but are the Norinco and the older Chinese military ones chrome lined? Cause my LGS has the Norinco for $350 or so and AIM Surplus has the Chinese military for $220,
     
  5. zaitsev44

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    I've never heard of the gas valve going out, how does that happen?
     
  6. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Norincos have chrome lined bores. Yugoslavs don't.

    The gas cut off for the grenade launcher can get a bit loose sometimes and move to the cutoff position while firing and stop semi-auto cycling.
     
  7. zaitsev44

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    In that case should I hunt for a Russian model?
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Russians are nice. Not all were chrome lined. I like the Norincos because I don't feel bad shooting them.

    The Norinco doesn't have a grenade launcher to worry about. I was referring to the 59/66 Yugoslavs.
     
  9. 762

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    i have a norinco, it'll shoot anything i put through it. my only mistake was changing it over to detachable mags. it only feeds well with the one metal mag i have for it. the plastic ones stove pipe every few rounds.
     
  10. KG7IL

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    Check out http://YooperJ.com for features for various makers.

    I'll bet you can still find a new-in-box Norinco with all the accessories.

    I just love the little oil can and it's chinese characters.
    As I understand it, the symbol for oil is a rice patty with the oil well sticking up.
     

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  11. zaitsev44

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    I heard the M59/66 could fire golf balls with blanks, is this true? Anything else I need to know before I make a decision? Thanks
     
  12. nfafan

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    The AIM surplus Norinco you speak of for under $300.00 wold be one of the recent imports of mixmaster CHICOM-EU SKS guns. The Norc your LGS has for $350.00 is the expected price for a real, 100% CHICOM SKS.
     
  13. zaitsev44

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    No problem.
     
  15. Gh0zt36

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    Norinco is every bit as solid as a russian , chrome lined . The older the better . The olderones wont have a pinned bbl . Although the only factory you can date is /26\ You can tell the general era by how the bbl is affixed. Also if it has a blade or flathead screw driver " spiker" bayonette .

    I'd go russia if you dont plan on shooting it and want the best possible finish and chinese if you you want a rock solid shooter at a WAY better price.
     
  16. zaitsev44

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    What about the Romanian and Albanian models? Because I was at a gunshow Saturday and this guy wanted $300 for his Romanian SKS and I talked him down to $240 but he didn't accept debit cards (my fault for not bringing cash). So I went to the ATM down the road and he already sold it. But I talke him down to $540 for a National Postal Meter M1 carbine with 2 original mags, original sling and a 12-18-1950 ammo pouch. Not a bad deal IMO.
     
  17. nfafan

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    Romys tend to be cosmetically rough - they were carried a LOT before replaced by AKM-47 "G's" in their Natl Guard.
    But - they are good SKSs, same as the Russian or CHICOM mold - and imported in far fewer numbers. $240.00 was a good price.

    The Albanians are really hard to find, I have yet to see an Albanian stay on the classifieds very long. From the pics they are sort of a slight variation of the usual SKS in looks but with similar basic Russian genes.
     
  18. zaitsev44

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    I wanted the SKS cause I've been hunting for one for a few months. But like I said, he sold it before I could get cash, but I might go for the Chinese one at my LGS for $375 but I'll try to talk him down.
     
  19. Jeff56

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    You can't beat a Norinco. They are chrome lined BTW. IMO they function as well as any rifle ever made. I've had mine for over 20 years and I've had almost no malfunctions at all and 95% of those were ammo related. I'd get a bad batch of ammo and they wouldn't all cycle but as soon as I got a better batch the problems went away. The only other problem I had was when I changed the firing pin and started getting light strikes. Once I went back to the original the problem went away again. That's mighty hard to beat for a semi-auto rifle that was made for a peasant soldier where the officers in his army didn't care whether he lived or died. They just plain work and with a good trigger job they shoot accurate too. They don't shoot bench rest accurate or anything but I can shoot a 2"-3" group at 100 yards with mine. They stay accurate out to about 200-250 yards but the big problem is the ammo, not the rifle. You can buy good ammo but it costs a lot more than the milsurp stuff.

    BTW I converted mine to use detachable mags the first day I bought it and it has always worked almost perfectly. The brand of mags you use makes all the difference. But I wouldn't convert mine again if I had it to do over. It's easier to carry ammo on stripper clips. I have a Yugo too and I have never tried to convert it.