Skip to comments.(Vanity) Yugoslav type 59 SKS - Cleaning kit stuck in the stock!
Posted on 01/25/2012 11:34:38 AM PST by jboot
OK, fellow FReepers, I've got a question. I recently purchased a Yugoslav Type 59 SKS. This is the original Yugo SKS, nearly a carbon copy of the Soviet weapon, not the later 59/66 with an integral grenade launcher. It's been around the block many, many times, but it still shoots as good as an SKS can be expected to shoot (which is to say just OK). I am planning on doing a full conservation project with it, because it has lots of nice cartouches and rack numbers. Moreover, it was finished with what appears to be dark brown shoe polish! Apparently such rough-and-ready finishes are common on Eastern Bloc guns.
But none of that is the issue.
What is wrong is that it *appears* that the cap of an old cleaning kit is stuck in the stock. If you look into the hole in the butt you can see a concave, featureless steel hemisphere about 3 inches down in the hole. It is wedged tight and I can't move it either out or in. It bugs me because it doesn't look like any SKS "pill" cleaning kit cap that I've ever seen. I am concerned that this thing isn't part of a cleaning kit at all, but might be some kind of "follower" or baffle to entrap the spring. I am unwilling to damage the part on the outside chance that it is correct.
Has anyone ever worked on one of these SKS's and have any experience with this? Could this thing be a correct part? I'd post a photo, but I haven't taken any yet...
” .. it was finished with what appears to be dark brown shoe polish!”
Does it smell bad?
Maybe your spring is sprung. Mine pops right out.
Use JB weld to glue a bolt to the head of the kit, after it hardens pull the kit out. Clean kit & bolt with alcohol before applying the JB weld.
I’ve never seen or heard of an SKS with a cleaning kit follower. Then again, I haven’t seen everything. This thing just looks odd enough to make me err on the side of caution.
I suspect that the spring is shot. I have a couple spares.
Thanks! I saw that thread. That will work...and drilling and tapping it would work even better. I don’t need the stuck part if it is just the cap off an old kit. I have the correct Yugo pill kit ready to drop in.
Mine leeched cosmoline even after being steam-cleaned.
I’ve heard of guys running them through the dishwasher: they’re called `bachelors.’ ;)
And I got three of those Chinese magazine vests that the Rooskies favored in Afghanistan (and the NVA/VC) for their AK mags, green with neck loop, tied in the back.
Taking them out of the plastic and smelling that musty old, rank canvas odor—that’s the smell of communism, my friend.
Spray oven cleaner and the high-pressure hose at a carwash works pretty well too. Just don't hit the hot wax button.
I used to clean Eastern European handguns [WWI and WWII German and Czech, some Hungarian and Polish stuff on occasion] the same way, since doing it at home in boiling water drove my cats crazy. It turned out that the parrafin-like Euro packing grease used instead of good old USA cosmoline was fish oil based....
It turned out that the parrafin-like Euro packing grease used instead of good old USA cosmoline was fish oil based....
*chuckle* That reminds me of a story I read on the “Strange Foreign Objects in Dog Feces” website.
Guy drained his VW Beetle (the REAL beetle, not that modern _thing_) of transmission oil. It smelled so bad he went in to wash his hands and when he got back outside all the oil was gone. He figured out his dog drank it all up when the oil kicked in and the poor dog had the sh*ts for days. Turned out the early bugs used whale oil. It smelled aweful after years in service but the dog loved it even if his stomach didn’t.
You got yours in plastic? I had to chase down Iraqi's for mine, and let me tell ya', those goat-skinners can run fast!
a very funny gun thread.
Get 5 gallons of simple green cleaner an a pvc tube the rifle will fit in . Fill it up an put the pipe on a rock tumbler motor for a week.
Take the rifle out dump the simple green an cosmoline soup.
Clean out an dry the pvc tube.
Put the clean dry gun back in the tube an fill with rice.
Seal tge tube up tight an leave in a warm place for a week.
Take out the rifle an nothing should be stuck that isn’t screwed glued or tattooed on......:o)
Reuse the rice as desicant or for next office casserole dish.......
If tge rice an rifle come out as one concrete block drop off second floor balcony to free the rifle.....
Some adjustment to this process may be needed but it does work very well for old sino soviet toys.
Bump to 14....:o)
Putting it on an anthill works too.
Drought conditions here make that a good choice,....lol. P
Simple Green is AWESOME stuff. :-) My little brother drank it once and it turned his teeth green and gave him the shits for three days! Momma thought he ate rat poison. It was quite a scene! He was “about” three at the time and he’s in his thirties today. If we use it to clean something, he STILL remembers that it tastes BAD. LOL! :-)
I got it loose by drilling a 7/32 hole in it, tapping it 1/4-20, threading in a long bolt and pulling it out. It took some doing. Tito apparently tried to hammer it in pretty smartly.
Thanks again, all!
Good deal.....glad ya got it out. You have fun , stay safe , shoot straight !
always good stuff to learn and grin about on a gun thread here at FR.
Russian C&Rs have other fun surprises. Did you know that shellac melts at under 200 degrees Fahrenheit? And that melted shellac can catch fire? I found out while shooting my Mosin Nagant M44 at the range. The handguard flamed up real good about forty rounds into a sustained fire session. The other folks there got a good laugh...and they were happy that I took a break from shooting that M44...it sounds like a 105mm when fired indoors.
Awesome! Thanks for letting us know exactly WHAT you did. Now if I ever run into the same problem, I’ll follow suit!
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