yugoslavaian SKS question
I hae the oppurtunity to purchase a Yugoslavaian SKS...my question is this..Is it a good rifle? I know it depends on the rifle, but I am asking about the overall reputation of the rifle...I am considering one that has never been fired.
I am not an expert, I only have 8 of them (
).....These and the Russians I have are the most accurate. 2 of my Yugo's were pains in the asssss to get to function correctly, disassembled, torn apart, cleaned, etc. I finally retired one as a parts gun for the rest. Now the rest run 100%, darn accurate, and just plain fun. Make sure you check the bore for pitting. If it looks good, bore is good, handy little rifle to throw around and have lots of fun with.
There are a couple kinds of Yugo SKS, chances are you found a 59/66 variant and it has a grenade launcher etc.
The bad rap Yugos get is from the worn out, heavily used ones that spent there life firing corrosive ammo and never getting cleaned.
With a new one you have a rock solid, high quality SKS, It may be heavier and not have a chrome lined barrel, but they are built well and normally pretty accurate.
I have an older M59 Yugo SKS, and it's an excellent rifle. The one you're looking at is probably a newer 59/66. I've never cared for that variant at all - the muzzle thingy ruins the balance & pointability of the gun in my opinion. It also makes the gun potentially unreliable.
I also own a Russian, a Romanian, and several Chinese SKS' - all are great guns. I think the Chinese are actually my favorites.
A lot of the Yugo SKS rifles were used in their civil war and shot heavily with corrosive and grenades.
Got a mint one for 300$ today. Think I did good.
I got a great deal on mine (220 with 5 clips....Normally they are 450 in NY).......Pretty much all new..Receiver and Barrel have most of their finish...Trigger assembly looks to be brand new...Not a bit of exxaggeration, pretty sure it is brand new..Normally people complain about the triggers on these things but mine is good. Cant complain at all.
Originally Posted By Linksrds:
I am asking about the overall reputation of the rifle...I am considering one that has never been fired.
Overall...I would say that they are VERY GOOD. Like any old military gun check it over real well.
I have owned two M59/66s. One was a well used and very surplus example with a mildly pitted bore. It was not the most accurate SKS I've owned but it was reliable. It was the go to practice grenade, golf ball and tennis ball launching rifle.
The other was a new still packed in cosmoline example. It shot very well and was also very reliable.
One issue with the M59/66 (and common to many rifles used to launch rifle grenades) is that grenade launching can be hard on the barrel and it generates a great deal of recoil which can cause issues with the stock. So checked the bore closely for pitting and rings and check the stock for cracks.
With that in mind, I agree the bad rap comes from surplus rifles used hard with corrosive ammo and poor cleaning. Otherwise if you find a newish looking exams with a clean bore, the odds are it will be a well made and reliable SKS.
I own a yugo 59/66 that is in excellent condition. the only problems I had were cleaning all the cosmoline out, sighting it in, and putting a new firing pin in ( I used a spring loaded pin from murry's guns).
Overall I would rate my Yugo a solid 10, while some people may not like the grenade lauanchers on the end I think they add quite a bit of character to them. also I have owned 3 of them in my life and I have never had any problems with them.
The SKS is a simple and sturdy rifle. You are probably better off buying one that is unfired. This will minimize the chance of any abuse by an uncaring comrade from somewhere far away. In addition, I am assuming that an unfired SKS means that it is still packed in cosmoline, a preservative grease. Cleaning the cosmoline off will be a good exercise in learning about the rifle before you fire it, and give you a chance to spot any damaged parts before you fire it.
I own 2 Yugo 59/66s. One has absolutely beautiful blonde furniture and was handled very carefully - it may have been a "show" rifle for honor guards, not a ding anywhere on the wood.
The second was in great condition metal-wise, but the stock was second rate in quality and no where near as good as the other one. Both have turned out to be reliable rifles.