Yugoslavian SKS's?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by FIDDLEHEADSTEW, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. FIDDLEHEADSTEW

    FIDDLEHEADSTEW New Member

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    Has anyone bought one of these rifles? How's the design as compared to the Chinese Norinco? Who are some of the better online sellers to check out? I read that the Yugoslavians didn't start to chrome line the barrels of these rifles until sometime after 1970, I might be wrong but I'd like to get a chrome lined barreled rifle.
     
  2. UrbanNinja

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    If you definitely want the chrome lined barrel, get the Norinco. You wont be disappointed. My personal opinion about the Yugo is that I don't see much difference between it and the Norinco. Not to mention you have the grenade launcher mounted on the end of your barrel and you can never use it.

    I would check local gun shows before buying online. You may find a better price. I see them locally in my area for around $300. I hear they are much less everywhere else.
     

  3. tCan

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    You can use the grenade launcher. You can either do the paperwork on each grenade, or you can buy smoke nades for it. Hard stuff to find I would imagine though.
     
  4. silverado113

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    I have a Yugo SKS I picked up about 10 years ago and several thousand rounds later it's still going strong. Of course it only cost me about 89 bucks back then.
     
  5. Mongo

    Mongo Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yugo SKS

    I've had no problem with my Yugo without the chrome lined barrel but I clean it after shooting every time. The Yugo has the milled trigger group and threaded barrel same as the Russians. The Norinco's have two versions, one with the threaded barrel and milled trigger group and the other has a pinned barrel and a stamped trigger group. They all shoot well.
     
  6. therewolf

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    The Yugo with the grenade launcher has a decided advantage, IMO.

    Very simply, the Russian is beautifully balanced, but the Yugo

    has a heavy front end which helps act as a counterweight

    to recoil; the result is you get back on target quicker.

    Compare the two at a firing range, and see for yourself.
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It is my understanding that many of the Yugos are actual "surplus" military rifles that have seen some military use. Many of the Norincos were basically just Chinese-made rifles sold to the US market for hunting & plinking.
     
  8. UrbanNinja

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    Does the grenade launcher really make that much of a weight difference? Ive handled a few of them but never fired them. Of course ive never handled them side by side for comparison. Also, how much difference does the muzzle break change compared between the slotted and ported versions?
     
  9. therewolf

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    It made a difference for me. One of the few times a counter-weight

    actually works against recoil, IMHO. Try it and see, maybe your

    range experience will be different than mine.
     
  10. UrbanNinja

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    Eventually I will give it a try. I'd like to collect a SKS of all variants.
     
  11. therewolf

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    Ehhh, I really like my Russian SKSs, I may get a Yugo someday.

    The compactness and balance of the Russian makes it a

    pleasure to carry and shoot.
     
  12. Nihilist88

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    I love my Yugo, I had problems but because it was actually issued during and used in the war days of the fall out. I do own the booklet to prove this. The only problem I ever had was a follower spring in the mag go bad. I now have a 30-round mag on it and it does just fine. I think they are great and reliable. Accurate as hell also. It hits center mass on my plinking targets every time. But, I am also about to purchase an Albanian SKS from the gun shop not far from me. I am hoping to talk them down to $400.00 USD.
     
  13. FIDDLEHEADSTEW

    FIDDLEHEADSTEW New Member

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    Where can I find pictures of the differences between sks variants and get some of the history of the different variants too
     
  14. FIDDLEHEADSTEW

    FIDDLEHEADSTEW New Member

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    And how many or which arsenals were the M59/66's made. I've already found a chart that lists year made, barrel type, sight type and a few other things.
     
  15. therewolf

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    Your standard search engine should come up with

    quite a bit. Wiki has some good info.

    Also research Simonov, the gun's creator.
     
  16. orangello

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  17. FIDDLEHEADSTEW

    FIDDLEHEADSTEW New Member

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    How many of you have retrofitted your SKS' with tapco stocks and other products they make and does tapco make a quality product
     
  18. therewolf

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    I've yet to find a bad retrofit stock. IME, the composite or

    synthetics are sturdy, clean, and light. They soak up abuse

    and shed weather and most solvents easily.



    One trick I use, is to wrap the old stock carefully,

    box it up in the new stock box, and set it aside.

    If you decide to sell the gun, it's easy to

    replace the old stock, and, generally,

    the gun has more value with the original.
     
  19. FIDDLEHEADSTEW

    FIDDLEHEADSTEW New Member

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    Thank you gentlemen for all your replies and keep them coming.
     
  20. FIDDLEHEADSTEW

    FIDDLEHEADSTEW New Member

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    When I find a surplus rifle I like and buy and if it has a particularly nice stock on it how do I clean it. I remember when I got my Norinco SKS I used mineral spirits on the metal and just rubbed all the cosmoline off with a rag.