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Old April 12th, 2018, 01:28 AM #1
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SKS Woes, GURU's wanted

OK, here's pics of my two carbines. The sick one is a duckbill BUT since it's probably MISSING both the piston extension and piston return spring two bad things happen.

1. It's just a straight pull 30 round bolt action the way it is.

2. Since I CANNOT remove the handguard the piston rod is in the housing where the piston extension SHOULD live.

You can see where I used a ink cartridge to try and put the piston in place, beat on barrel and butt plate, no soap.

Outside of cutting the handguard and piston rod is there another way I can get this sob apart??? The first two pics are from my "good one" that disassembles like it should.

This is proof... if it seems like a good deal from a gunshop at York Gun Show.... it might not be. Little doubt he knew of it's issues and he was probably holding his breath hoping I wouldn't notice.
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I'm not a guru, and I'm not going to tell you how you should mess up your rifle...

But...if it was mine, this is probably what I'd do:

1) Kroil. Based on the cost, I'm pretty sure this stuff has some sort of unicorn secretion in it, but it's pretty magical. https://www.amazon.com/Kano-Aerokroi...enetrating+oil

2) Brass (mmmmaybe mild steel) rod and tappy tap tap. Having another SKS available would help identify the largest diameter rod that would fit through. It's a communist gun...they can take a hit.

3) More Kroil, take it out of the stock and put the action in a trash bag (to protect my food from the Kroil), then leave it in the chest freezer for 24hrs or so in the hopes of shrinkage.

4) More Kroil, tappy Tap TAP.

That's what I'd do


Edited to add: I'm trying to remember my SKS Anatomy, and don't have one in front of me right now...are we sure that the cam latch (next to the sight, that holds the tube on) is not putting pressure on the piston when it is in that (opened) position?
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I'm not a guru, and I'm not going to tell you how you should mess up your rifle...

But...if it was mine, this is probably what I'd do:

1) Kroil. Based on the cost, I'm pretty sure this stuff has some sort of unicorn secretion in it, but it's pretty magical. https://www.amazon.com/Kano-Aerokroi...enetrating+oil

2) Brass (mmmmaybe mild steel) rod and tappy tap tap. Having another SKS available would help identify the largest diameter rod that would fit through. It's a communist gun...they can take a hit.

3) More Kroil, take it out of the stock and put the action in a trash bag (to protect my food from the Kroil), then leave it in the chest freezer for 24hrs or so in the hopes of shrinkage.

4) More Kroil, tappy Tap TAP.

That's what I'd do


Edited to add: I'm trying to remember my SKS Anatomy, and don't have one in front of me right now...are we sure that the cam latch (next to the sight, that holds the tube on) is not putting pressure on the piston when it is in that (opened) position?
Thought about what you say already.... no tap tap tap UNTIL I figure out how to remove bolt assy. Nope, cam latch is clear, note how easily I can get the other off but I can see piston rod or rod extension locking it tight.
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Thought about what you say already.... no tap tap tap UNTIL I figure out how to remove bolt assy. Nope, cam latch is clear, note how easily I can get the other off but I can see piston rod or rod extension locking it tight.
Wait...is the bolt assembly stuck too?
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Wait...is the bolt assembly stuck too?
No but it must be removed to get a clear shot at tapping it.
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No but it must be removed to get a clear shot at tapping it.
Right...IIRC, it should be removable regardless of the jammed piston...

I'm not trying to sound like a jerk...do you mean you don't know how to remove it? If that's the case, it's pretty simple. I'm sure there are vids, or we could talk you through it here.
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Right...IIRC, it should be removable regardless of the jammed piston...

I'm not trying to sound like a jerk...do you mean you don't know how to remove it? If that's the case, it's pretty simple. I'm sure there are vids, or we could talk you through it here.
No jerk involved, I've never done it, hopefully I can find a step by step vid.
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Damn, thanks Lee, looks like a cinch.
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