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Old June 14, 2001, 06:17 PM   #1
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pretty dern sure its an sks?

I am pretty sure I now own an SKS. It was given to me for $15 bucks at an estate sale. Cheesy wood stock. Bolt that opens to completely vertical. No safety. 7.62x54R. Cool swing-out bayonet. And a screwball of an adjustable rear sight. Poland 1952 for manufacture.

Where might I get a handbook, and replacement parts for these. I'm told they are a dime a dozen, so its of no real value.

How does the 7.62x54R round measure up?

Any help would be appreciated.

DOC:barf:

p.s. $15.00 was not too much I hope. Bore is in good shape, action is VERY smooth.
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Old June 14, 2001, 07:08 PM   #2
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Not SKS, Doc. It sounds like a Mosin-Nagant M44, with that bayonet that swings to the side. The 7.62x54R seems to shoot a lot like .308 or 30-06. But it has more kick, flash, and noise. Most of the surplus ammo is corrosive, I think, so clean the bore with soapy water, then the other usual stuff.
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Oh,yeah. It's a good deal at $15.
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Old June 14, 2001, 07:17 PM   #3
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The Russian shooting teams still used the mosin in the 50 for a target rifle.Very accurat and competive.Kicks like a small mule but ammo is cheap and will take any game that a 30-06 will take.You did good.
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Old June 14, 2001, 09:07 PM   #4
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Yes, the bayonet swings out to the side. I cleaned some tarnish off the barrel and did find M44 stamped into it. It definantly says "M44 POLISH 7.62x54R" It also has INSTRUCTIE stamped into the stock. So I will assume it was a training rifle.

It has a;
P W
3
surrounded by a diamond, and a number 11 stamped into the top of the receiver. Along with 1952 which I will assume to be the year of manufacture.

Did this rifle load with stripper clips? Or was it loaded one round at a time?
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Old June 17, 2001, 04:34 PM   #5
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DON"T SHOOT THAT RIFLE!!!!

Dear Doc,

If your M44 has the word "instructie" stamped into the stock, you should assume that it is in a non-firing condition!!!

There were many rifles used for instruction that have that stamped in the stock and usually a red stripe around the butt.

You must check everything before loading a single round in that rifle

You must check the barrel to make sure it doesn't have any plugs in it.

You must check the barrel for size, too. I recently received a rifle that was similar to yours and the barrel was bored out yet you could still chamber a round. The barrel was so bad that I could actually put the entire round up beyond the shoulder of the casing in there! I would have been disaster if I had tried to fire it. Others have written about a blockage purposely inserted in the barrel yet a round could be chambered.

Truth be told, you probably have a demonstration rifle which is only good for hanging on the wall. Figure good condition and accurate rifles sell regularly for around $60 so $15 for a "trophy" rifle isn't all that bad.

Please have a smith examine that rifle before you try shooting it. Otherwise you may be putting yourself into some danger.

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Old June 18, 2001, 08:59 PM   #6
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No red bands on stock!
Clean and clear bore, verified!
Excellent rifling intact!
Gunsmith verified headspace!

SHOOT RIFLE MUCH THIS WEEKEND!

Thanks for looking our for me though
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Old June 19, 2001, 06:06 AM   #7
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Cool!

My personal experience with rifles marked "instructie" has had the rifles inoperable. I've read lots of posts at other websites with the same results: blocked barrels, drilled out barrels, etc., etc. Your rifle, however, sounds like it's the exception to the rule. Good for you!

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Old June 19, 2001, 08:45 PM   #8
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None of the numbers match, so it appears to have been rebuilt.
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