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Old 01-12-2019, 4:59 PM
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Default 59/66 SKS

I've owned a fair number of SKS carbines over the years from a Chicom Vietnam bring back to a Soviet rebuild. I've had about 5 or so but never hung onto any of them very long.

I thought I was done with them until I saw a 59/66 on a local forum. It was $400 delivered, not a steal but a fair price. My dealer charged me $25 for the transfer. The seller told me his buddy had bought a crate with 10 of them all packed in cosmoline and he bought one of them.

The seller had done the hard work for me and mostly cleaned it off. The bolt is full of cosmoline and the firing pin barely moves so it will need stripped down and flushed. The stock also has dried cosmo clinging to it.

It came with the full issue kit including the log sheet. The only entry is from 2006.

The previous owner put about 50 rounds through it and before him I'd say the Yugoslav/Serbian army only test fired it. it is in pretty minty condition except for some storage marks on the finish on the action cover.

I'm looking forward to giving it a try next week.



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Nice one congrats and no need to remove the evil grenade launcher in a free state
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I miss my California legal 59/66.
Those Yugos were a real bargain a few years ago; and I kick myself for selling both of mine.
I miss shooting the stinky imported ammo, disassembling and cleaning them. I enjoyed all of that. You will too.
Congrats on your purchase!
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I have 4.. All Chinese...I hsve always said.. A chicken in every pot and an SKS in every safe..
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That's a nice one!! Great price too. The wood on some of the Yugo's is really pretty.
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The leather sling that is part of the kit has white mildew on it. Any tips for cleaning it off?
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Mild soap (Dawn), hot water, let air dry then apply a leather cleaner/conditioner.
That's just my experience.
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Mild soap (Dawn), hot water, let air dry then apply a leather cleaner/conditioner.
That's just my experience.
Thanks, I'll give it a try!
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Don't be lazy on that bolt! Tear it down fully to properly clean. (But I'm sure you know that.)
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Beatiful rifle I have a hand full of them and they are so reliable, accurate and eat everything.

Congratulations on the new tool.
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The leather sling that is part of the kit has white mildew on it. Any tips for cleaning it off?
Use glycerine soap; it's specifically for leather.
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Just make sure to get some "bxn" Czech stripper clips, they are the best.

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Took it to the range today. It was shooting about 4 ft low! Fortunately the butt stock cleaning kit contains a cool tool that slips over the front sight post and another piece of the kit then allows the sight post tool to be rotated.

I shot Wolf cheap ball and S&B nice brass case ammunition to sight it in. The Wolf strung vertically but tight. The S&B shot way high and looked like buckshot on the target, a group of about 12" Guess the rifle likes Wolf.

The action cycles fine but doesn't lock open on the last round. It may still be breaking in. If it wasn't for the seemingly 15 lb trigger pull this would be a nice rifle to shoot. The rifle is so heavy that felt recoil is minimal. It felt as heavy as the M1A I was also shooting.

I cleaned it afterwards and was impressed with the way the firearm is put together, very Germanic in the execution of the design and the mania for numbering parts of the rifle.
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Anyone here able to translate this? I'm assuming it refers to throat erosion and bore diameter.
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It says something like the technical inspection of the rifle was was noted as flawless (using Google translate).
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It says something like the technical inspection of the rifle was was noted as flawless (using Google translate).
Thanks Enfield 47! Have you made the move yet?

I ran into another escapee from the L.A. area at the range yesterday, a nice gent from Thousand Oaks. It's like a continuation of the classic Snake Pliskin movie "Escape from L.A."!
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I've found that boiling various metal parts help to clean cosmoline off of them much easier than degreaser. A nice light coat of oil or grease after has served me well so far. (use a large empty can on the stove to contain the nasty-ness)

I bought a 1956 tula, all matching (except stock and mag) a month or two ago and used this method to get all the oil off of the bolt, dust cover, recoil spring, etc. Worked like a charm.

Also used this method to get cosmoline off of lee enfield parts I ordered off the web

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Can you get a close up of the stamp on the right side of the inspection paper? I am curious as to the origin.
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I can't make the symbol out but the stamp shows TK/705
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Beautiful. I still haven't fired mine I got from Dan's Ammo in 2007.
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I've found that boiling various metal parts help to clean cosmoline off of them much easier than degreaser. A nice light coat of oil or grease after has served me well so far. (use a large empty can on the stove to contain the nasty-ness)

I bought a 1956 tula, all matching (except stock and mag) a month or two ago and used this method to get all the oil off of the bolt, dust cover, recoil spring, etc. Worked like a charm.

Also used this method to get cosmoline off of lee enfield parts I ordered off the web

Good luck and happy shooting!
Same, I make a little prop to keep them off the bottom of the pot the let them go for a bit. It'll bleed all the cosmo out, especially important with the sks firing pin.
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the YUGO sks has the nicest looking wood stocks, I always liked the nice grain and color of the wood.

plus the wood seems denser more solid than the Chinese wood stocks
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Thanks Enfield 47! Have you made the move yet?

I ran into another escapee from the L.A. area at the range yesterday, a nice gent from Thousand Oaks. It's like a continuation of the classic Snake Pliskin movie "Escape from L.A."!
Not yet, but our house is finally coming along. In our last update they were hoping to have the framing completed by the end of the week. We should have the drywall walkthrough around the beginning of March and then hopefully we can move in late April or early May.

Hopefully most of the people leaving CA are the good ones trying to escape and not the ones trying to replicate the CA way upon free states.
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