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59/66 sks

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:08 am
by ghostdevilguy
I recently traded for a nice Yugo SKS. This one appears to have been issued, and looks to have been carried more than it was shot. The bore looks new. The rifle is all matching exept for the magazine. The only bad part is the stock has crack in it. (Pictures below) any advice on how to fix it? I'm also looking for a few x39 grenade launching blanks.


ETA: the stock and action fit nicely together. I'm guessing the crack might be from rifle grenade launching or was damaged in transport.

Re: 59/66 sks

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:10 am
by ghostdevilguy
More pictures

Re: 59/66 sks

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:42 pm
by Smokey
They are also very good shooters (accurate). Congratulations on one of the better SKS variations.

Re: 59/66 sks

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:41 pm
by OldGrouchyGuy
ghostdevilguy wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:08 am
I'm also looking for a few x39 grenade launching blanks.


ETA: the stock and action fit nicely together. I'm guessing the crack might be from rifle grenade launching or was damaged in transport.
FYI, I use the 7.62 x 39 parade blanks to launch grenades. They are easier to find and a lot cheaper than the real grenade blanks. I bought a crapload of em (almost 2000) from century back in the day for a hundred bucks, They are still around here and there but I can't find em that cheap anywhere now.

The parade blanks will launch a practice grenade 60 yards or so.

Re: 59/66 sks

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:20 pm
by ghostdevilguy
I'm only looking for a handful of the grenade blanks. I mostly want to feel the difference between the real ones and the parade blanks. I can find parade blanks online, I just have not had any luck finding real grenade blanks.

Re: 59/66 sks

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:17 pm
by Spavac
RE: the cracked stock, there's a boatload of great repair and refinishing info over on the SKSboards.com site! I've seen worse cracks that have been repaired but in most cases there will be, at the very least, some telltale reminders that work has been done. In some situations, it's possible to place pins and/or screws via routes that are hidden from view when the rifle is reassembled. You have to think "outside of the box"! I would definitely advise that the stock be repaired before it worsens or perhaps breaks :-(.
It's hard to say just how the stock was damaged but grenade launching prolly wouldn't be my first guess nor would it be likely during transport (but who knows for sure)? I'd say a fair amount of perpendicular force was applied to the rifle and since that portion of the stock is thinnest therefore weakest, the crack occurred. The grain pattern in the photo might indicate that the wood at that location might be weaker too. I'm not a "forest products" expert but I do live where there are lots of trees ;-). Mistreatment by uncaring soldier (or previous owner) would be my guess.
Spavac

P.S. There's quite a bit of info on this site too!
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