It's painted not blued? I guess if the paint isn't all that hard to get of it be a good excuse to do a Dura Coat job to it. I kind of thought about doing mine but I am not sure as to color. Mine is all blued but there are spots that are getting thin. Not one of those wild jobs they do on the site but something simple. I'm not wanting some Hollywood rifle or anything. But it would be nice to get it all even.
The rail on the hand guard are pretty solid on those Tapco stocks. Thing is it's so far up that mounting a regular scope there didn't seem that good an idea so I went with the NcStar Holographic Red Dot Sight. Not good I guess over 100 yards but I have that Bolt/spring cover with a rail on it if I want to switch back.
I'm not really sure what these things are supposed to be able to do range wise but I've done pretty well out to 150 yards. It's a little hard to get a longer shot off around here in the hill country if S. central Ky..heh. That and the idea that this is no High dollar weapon I have not really tried to stretch it out all that much more.
For the money invested though it's really hard to not like the things. I have wondered if one was to really get down on one just how well they could shoot. But it's hard to justify a lot of money into a rifle like these. I remember when you could get an SKS for 60.00 and all of them you wanted. That first ban did a lot to kill the supply of them and jack the prices on them. I wouldn't mind though starting on another one after I eventually get this one as done as I want to. That or another AK if I can find one that isn't too high. I'd really like to get another Romanian one. The AK Elitist don't like them because of thew milled receivers but I really like them.
I do really like the 7.62x39 round though. It might not be the most accurate out there but it does pretty well.
I've been doing some digging on the net and found that it could very well be factory paint. There are a few sites with some really good information. Mine is a 1954 Tula Arsnal rifle. It would apear that some were painted all black. I also found a site that tells you how to do a trigger job. It has a link to another site were you can get a new sear if you screw up or you don't want to use the original. There are a bunch of other parts too.
This one is a gold mine for me:
later I added:
I ordered up a new sear and front sight pin set. I want to try some trigger work and from what I've read, all the work revolves around the sear. Check out these sight pins! This should help the sight picture a whole bunch!
Great links thanks! I have a red pin in mine. It's a lot better than the black ones.
Edit to add: You might want to check out this page for a manual for your new rifle. There are literally tons there. All pdf downloads LINK
Here's another site that might be of use (LINK)
Last edited by DevilsJohnson; 10-09-2009 at 07:05 AM.
Reason: Added a link
I'll own up to it.....
I was really really BAD!!!
I went NUTS on Ebay this weekend.
New stock, new scope, new scope mount, spotting scope.
I couldn't help myself!
Holy Cow Batman!
I just finished up my trigger job and WOW what a diffrence! All the work is done on the sear so I bought a new one, set the old one aside, and went to town on its replacement. Then I picked up a Wolff hammer and sear spring set. The pulls is half as heavy. The take up is half as much and the release is way sooner. Before I touched anything it had this long heavy pull and would release just short of the back of the trigger guard. The way the safety is set up it would start getting in the way just before the hammer would release. It really sucked.
I can't wait to try it.
MAN AM I PUMPED!!!!!
Sounds like you're getting ti lines out right. I was at a gun show today and had seen a couple that were in pretty good shape but I ended up with a 870 that I want to set up as a house gun. But I really want to get another SKS or AK and get nuts with it. I love the one I got now. Always room for one more though
You get the Tapco T6 stock you were looking at before?
I'll be seeing UPS Monday or Tuesday with the stock and the new spring/bolt cover with a Weaver rail on it. The new spring/bolt cover is supose to be oversized so it will fit tight when fitted. I hope so! Otherwise it's a waste of money to put a scope on. Speaking of scopes, I'm getting the run around on the one that I bought off of Ebay. The story I'm getting is that NCStar sent them the wrong scopes and the right one "should" be in any day.....yatta, yatta, yatta.... The one I ordered was a 3-9x 42mm Mil Dot. It looks like I could upgrade to the same scope with range finder and laser but I'm not sure about the range finder part. I need to call them today to see if they are open. The other issue is the one I ordered was spec.ed to be under 6" and this other one is nearly 8". I was wanting that shorter scope because of the way this thing slings brass. According to my guestimates I'd be ok with the shorter scope.
I got the Tapco stock and installed the action in it. What a huge improvement in looks and handling. I also got the recoil spring dust cover with the see threw scope mount. I had to hand fit that to the receiver. It's pretty good but if the weather is nice this weekend I'll get out my wire feed welder and run a bead on either side of the lug on the back of the dust cover and then hand fit that to the receiver. There is enough of a gap that I can still move it back and forth just a tad. It's tight but I don't want ANY movement at all. I was on the Ruger site today checking out their ranch rifle. I'm way ahead of that game with a ton more features and way less money. I'm still waiting for those idiots at Outdoorbunker to ship my scope, spotting scope, and site adjustment tool for the SKS. I'm about ready to have PayPal get my money back from them. I've already lodged a dispute claim with Ebay and PayPal. It's getting ugly! Funny thing is they have a great rating. I've called them a number of times but all I get is the run-around. I am totally in to this rifle and once I get it all together and the bugs worked out I'll be doing a Duracoat paint job on all the metal after I get that all smoothed out.
Having fun in Colorado
It's been scanned in!!!
My scope is coming!!!!
Man I like the SKS rifles, there's a ton of things you can do to them. They are not the ultimate target rifle or anything but they can do pretty darn well if you put a little time into it. LOL! Yeah I'd say you come in way under the Mini 14 Ranch Rifle. I like those things but not enough to pay the money on one. I'd rather have an AR for that money. I'm wanting to do a new coat job to mine too I think. But I'm kind of looking to get another AK and fool around with that too so I really don't know what I'm going to do. My SKS is a total blast to shoot now that it's been modified to my liking.The 7.62x39 round is a pretty good round too.
You get yours done how you want you're going to really like it. I have had a lot of fun with mine. It's pretty cool to breathe some new life into some of those old Commie guns..heh
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