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So I found one of these at a local shop, going for like 90 bucks...I'm kicking around buy this and taking her out into the woods this november. I think that the 7.62 MM round will be a good deer SLAYER.

I've heard some really good things about this carbine online, anyone actually have one and wanna talk it up?
 

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I bought one in April and only last night got around to taking it down to clean the cosmoline out of it, which was a task that I was dreading. Thankfully, I found very little goop in it when I broke it down.

I plan on doing some function testing with it latert today. I'll try to get it on the bench as soon as possible.
 

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Have three of those fellas - first was a Yugo which was indeed 'Cosmo disadvantaged' :biggrin: Major clean up on that one plus - it has a black barrel but hey - it shoots, sorta OK.

Then got a used Norinco - much better - chromed barrel and altogether a nice piece. Finally with the deal on my FAL - took a Romanian SKS off same guy. That too is quite a nice piece.

I would not tho personally see these as ideal hunting rifles at all. At reasonable ranges then sure, like a 30-30 maybe - they would take a deer but accuracy is IMO an issue. Instead of keeping the shot within a 4" circle let's say - the error could be more like 12" - certainly with some examples. 7.62x39 sure ain't .308!

Way better than nothing of course and as a combat weapon reasonably useful. Thing is also, state game laws - in many places only bolt op' is permitted and semi's are no-no's. I don't think I have yet ever taken a pic of the Romanian but here are the Yugo and Norinco.





 

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I guess then TX is not ''bolt only'' :smile:

Had forgotten re cases where limiting capacity does the trick.
 

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michigan isn't either, the only time we have to limit capacity here is when hunting certain waterfoul.

Well for the price I'll consider it...

For those of you guys who have them, how does the magazine work? It's not a magazine that is unattached and loaded...can anyone give me advice on how it works?
 

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The std mag which is fixed, is much like any fixed mag. Insert rounds from above. This can be one at a time or helped with a stripper clip, which engages in two grooves at rear and you can shove in 10 rounds.

There are 20 round mags available - and I substituted that for the 10 on my Yugo. The Norinco is wearing a removable - but they are iffy in reliability and need some small changes to use.

I'll post a pic of stripper clip shortly.
 

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Here we go - two clips loaded with Wolf. BTW if you get any rifle for this cal - do not go buy boxes of 20 rounds as often in my experience they can get charged out at crazy prices like $4.50!!!

The price per case has IIRC gone up but my last coupla thousand were around $80 per case. Making a 20 round box a mere - $1.60 each!


 

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NICE, thanks p95, I owe ya. I'm thinking I'm gonna pick on up just for craps and giggles, ya know?

Thanks for the info....and one more thing, are these things a pain to clean when initially purchased? I notice the cosmoline is really bad...I'm gonna bust out the carb and choke cleaner for tha one.
 

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Well - field stripping is not too bad really but do suggest ( and no link handy right this minute) you go do some search on the web - there are details around re stripping and cleaning etc. Worth reading up on first.

Much as I hate WD40 on guns - have to say it served me well with Cosmo removal - just lay out a sheet of poly' on a big table - and newspaper on top of that for absorbency - then get some used toothbrushes and get busy!!

Maybe some carb cleaner at last stage - much more and fumes are hazardous.

I did incidentally have probs with my Yugo' - the gas valve was leaky. I machined a new valve insert to remedy the prob. I have pics of that. Hopefully most will be fine once cleaned up.
 

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I think I'm gonna go pick her up tomorrow.

I think she'll look nice after I get done cleaning her up. I'll get pics!
 

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I used the link on surplusrifle to see how to break mine down.

I ran 30 rounds through it this afternoon, and all functioned well. I enjoyed it much more than my maiden voyage with the Romanian AK I acquired on Friday.

Cabelas has Wolf ammo at $94/1000 rounds. They also have a 500 round purchase option. The 20 round boxes sell individually at around $3.50 here.
 

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Michigan does have a round count limit on deer rifles. Be sure to check your hunting guide and keep it legal. Also , be sure to really clean the cosmoline really good at the bolt/firing pin area. Some folks have experienced stuck firing pins causing a F/A situation upon working the bolt with a loaded gun. Not a good thing!
 

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Practice with the stripper clips too. They aren't slow at all but they take a certain technique to use effectively.

I personally will not use any SKS magazine other than its original magazine. The SKS has amazing reliability by design until you start messing with the magazine. Not to mention these things aren't exactly "precise" and the tolerances can vary from one to the other.
 

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It took a little practice to get proficient with the stripper clips, but once developing a good technique I have become pretty fast with them. I'm leery of putting any magazine other than the original on there. The only thing I don't like about the magizine design is that there is no way to reload without empyting the weapon.
 

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www.aimsurplus.com seems to be offering some good deals on Yugo SKS's these days.

They have decent prices on case lots of SKS ammo.
 

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RE cleaning out the cosmoline - the easiest way I have found is with very hot water - almost boiling. Just pour or soak the parts, once disassembled - the cosmoline melts right off. Then go over with carb cleaner to get the rest of it off. The cosmoline will soak into the wood of the stock as well - just put it in the car in the hot sun and the cosmo will melt off. Or - if your wife is forgiving like mine, put it in the oven at about 150 degrees for awhile - the cosmo will literally ooze out of it.

I think as long as you limited your shots to the distance you were comfortable with (and the rifle was capable of) they would make an okay deer gun in states where legal. (Here in Ohio hunting deer with a rifle is illegal period... regardless of action or capacity.) My Norinco holds an honest 2" at 50 yards from sitting position. Have not bench rested it but I would assume it could do better than that. I have seen other SKS rifles that grouped in excess of 8" at 100 yards from a bench.

You can also find 30 round detachable 'duck-bill' magazines for the SKS. Just remove the fixed magazine (which requires popping out the trigger assembly) and the 30 rounder should clip in there. Depending on the rifle, they may not fit exactly. I personally do not like them.

One thing fairly critical - make sure you get the firing pin/bolt clean. The firing pins are usually pretty tight and if its gunked with cosmoline - you always run the risk of a slamfire - even just dropping the bolt on a live round. I've never seen it happen but have heard of SKS's going 'full auto' when the firing pin gets stuck.
 

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7.62x39 Availability

I haven't seen a lot of 7.62x39 surplus around lately - still not sure why. Those that have it are charging too much for it.
 
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