A date with Cosmaline, my SKS project

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    For Christmas I had asked for and gotten an sks from my lovely fiancé. Now I know that there are probably many other platforms most of you would rather get for a gift but I’ve had my eyes on an sks for awhile, in particular a yugo 59/66.
    When I finally picked it up it looked in relatively great condition, minus the amount of cosmaline the rifle was filled with. So once it got it home, I stripped it down and gave it a bath... in the ultrasonic. I know it’s cheating but man does it work. What parts I couldn’t get into the cleaner I used some cans of carb spray to tackle the cosmaline and it worked great as well. All in three rounds in the ultrasonic and about 20 mins of scrubbing with the carb cleaner and I got most of the rifle cleaned.
    Next came my rail mount. I know some of you are cringing already but I want to mount an optic, so off with the front sight and in with the rail. Now the beauty of the MagWedge rail is I get a rail mount that hugs the top of the action, mounts securely and still allows me to use stripper clips.

    My biggest debate to date is what stock to dress her in? Many of you are gonna say the wood and I agree it does look nice. But I also have the tapco? I’m still cleaning the wood stock, being much worse off than the rest of the rifle.
    After that I also need a muzzle brake. I have the Lantac on my AR and AK so I’m leaning towards putting a Lantac on this.

    Here’s some pics of the process to date.

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    I remember Turner's used to put 'on promotion' the Chinese versions of that rifle for $99.00 about every 60 days. What do they run these days?

    They sure are fun to shoot!
     
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    It depends on condition, country of origin, etc. my yugo with all matching serial numbers and in relatively good condition was almost $600. I’ve seen Chinese BFPU and mismatched parts go for $200. The yugos and Russians in great shape are on the higher end of the spectrum. I paid a little over $600 for a new AK.
     
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    the Yugo sks will be my next gun.
     
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    Here’s an update with the tapco and optics.

    I left the pro go all wood tube cover on as i extremely dislike the look the overall function of the tapco version. If I stick with the tapco stock I think I would see about getting a cheese grater style one instead.

    The two optics are a sight mark 6x44 with knock off rmr, and knock off 4x32 acog and rmr. (Knock offs as in gifts curtesousy of my friends deployment) The sightmark also has a kill flash over the front.

    The sight mark is noticeably heavier than the acing but I do get a better cheek weld with it. The acog I will need a cheek rest to shoot comfortably. Accuracy on both will be tested my next range day.

    So far I besides the tube over, I’m not a fan of the tapco ar stock. Being it’s a commercial size fitting options are limited or else I’d probably go with the Troy ind stock or something similar. My ar and AK are dressed in magpul so I may look into them as well since they have commercial spec offerings.

    With the cheek weld issue in mind, I can for see the wood stock have more noticeable issues. Benefits to it is it feels lighter, whether or not it actually is. To me that’s a plus but it’s an even trade for better ergonomics.

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    It’s my opinion that everyone should have an sks in the safe. They’re cheap, simple, and as far as my experience, more accurate than an Ak with the all benefits minus the magazine. The stripper clips are probably a better option here in California anyways. They will shoot tighter groups at the same range as the effective range as a standard Ak.

    Would also look into a Vz. 58 as well for a stripper clip fed rifle. California version has the magazine pinned. It’s a short stroke piston, striker fired rifle, something different than an Aj but still combloc. I love combloc firearms, they have a industrially organicness to them, something a lot of western firearms lack.
     

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