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My first Yugo arrived today.
« on: April 29, 2020, 07:25:21 PM »
And i dont mean the car.  :P

I figured if my prime minister wanted to give me free corona money then i should spend it on something dear to his heart.
I have no idea what im dealing with yet, this is the stickiest grease i have ever known.
First pic to keep you happy.


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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2020, 07:34:57 PM »
Congrats on the new rifle. Take a lot of photos and post when she's all cleaned up. 

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2020, 09:08:34 PM »
That bluing looks quite nice thru the grease.    Stock looks mint also.   Congrats.

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2020, 10:40:16 PM »
Looks like you got a nice one Newchi! These were rare as hens teeth for the longest time up there, I take it there have been newly arrived commercial imports and these are selling at retail now?  How do they compare pricewise with the plentiful Russian and Chinese SKSís you guys have?  Does the canadian government add any restrictions because of the grenade launcher? (These are illegal to own in California, way too dangerous just in case some yahoo got his hands on some surplus grenades)  dash3 hunter)
      

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2020, 02:11:40 AM »
Nice one, newchi! You really get an appreciation for that grease by the time the rifle's clean!  chuckles1  And it's great "bonding" time with your new firearm.  :)

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2020, 08:58:17 AM »
beauty, thanks for sharing.  thumb1
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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2020, 08:39:14 PM »
Looks like you got a nice one Newchi! These were rare as hens teeth for the longest time up there, I take it there have been newly arrived commercial imports and these are selling at retail now?  How do they compare pricewise with the plentiful Russian and Chinese SKSís you guys have?  Does the canadian government add any restrictions because of the grenade launcher? (These are illegal to own in California, way too dangerous just in case some yahoo got his hands on some surplus grenades)  dash3 hunter)
They were really hard to find, they came in about 9 months ago i think
These cost about 2 x a russian or 3 x a chinese right now.  $700, ($500 US).
More than i wanted to pay but i have learned if you dont buy them when they arrive they dont get any cheaper.
No the launcher on the end doesnt seem to matter, whos crazy enough to try and make their own grenades... ::)


Nice one, newchi! You really get an appreciation for that grease by the time the rifle's clean!  chuckles1  And it's great "bonding" time with your new firearm.  :)

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I have never seen grease like it, its like flypaper. i lost my latex gloves to it.  I feel like a cartoon character, get one hand stuck try to free it with another, now its stuck.
My degreser doesnt touch it.  The oven barely worked and really really stank the house out.
I put the bolt in boiling hot water and got that to wipe clean. :o.
Its not like Russian or Chinese grease, this may take a while...

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2020, 03:09:14 AM »
Gasoline, acetone, and charcoal lighter fluid all work well to get cosmoline off the metal bits.
Save the hard work for the wood.
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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2020, 04:37:56 PM »
i resorted to spray engine degreaser, took about 15 mins to seperate the stock! i even went back inside and took another one apart to make sure i was doing it right.

But on the plus side, if you ever hear of a ship full of them that sunk to the bottom of the ocean, i am sure they will still be in perfect condition.

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2020, 10:03:44 PM »
Heres a question for you yugo owners, do yugos have a kinda not really finished all the way look/feel to the stock?
Its like it wasnt shellaced/varnished/whatever.
All i did was a couple of quick wipes with mineral spirit to try and make it less sticky so i dont think it was me. dntknw1

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2020, 10:29:32 PM »
Heres a question for you yugo owners, do yugos have a kinda not really finished all the way look/feel to the stock?
Its like it wasnt shellaced/varnished/whatever.
All i did was a couple of quick wipes with mineral spirit to try and make it less sticky so i dont think it was me. dntknw1

You're correct. They are basically just elm, presumably with a petroleum-based oil. Of course I've never seen a Yugoslavian that didn't come into the states in Cosmoline (or in modern times, Tectyl 502-C), so the petroleum oil could be due to the leftovers from the preservative oil. Post-WWII Yugoslavian Mausers (M48s especially but also M24/47s and M24/52s that have replacement stocks) have a similar oil based "raw" feel to the stocks.

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2020, 11:16:14 PM »
You're expecting an American or "civilized" European finish.

Some countries did what they did to get stuff in the field.
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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2020, 12:07:30 AM »
Oh, thanks.  I was worried id screwed something up.
Is there anything i should do to the wood if the sticky tetris 501-k ever stops coming out?

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2020, 08:04:24 AM »
Oh, thanks.  I was worried id screwed something up.
Is there anything i should do to the wood if the sticky tetris 501-k ever stops coming out?

Personally, I would stick with petroleum based products on a Yugoslavian stock. Keep sweating out the Tectyl with mild heat. Wiping down with mineral spirits is fine if you donít like the oily feel but it may look ďdryĒ (the surface oils are depleted). If you donít mind the oily feel Iíd use Ballistol or mineral oil to wipe it down and rub off the excess.

Ballistol is basically just mineral oil and isobutanol. The isobutanol is a somewhat polar solvent so it can help pull out some dirt but some people think it smells like licorice and others rancid butter. Iím in the middle itís not a really pleasant smell but itís not terrible. In any case, the isobutanol evaporates within a few hours.

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2020, 05:45:20 PM »
i had it in an old pickup on the dash in a black bag and towel for 2 weeks and very little happened, of course it wasnt been super hot yet but i was hoping for more, which is why i went with mineral spirits, something ive never had to do before.
Supposed to be stupid hot this weekend, maybe it will go back on the dash for a bit.

Yep, it does look a little dry.

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2020, 12:56:00 PM »
We can sweat stocks out fairly quickly here in Arizona.

A black trash bag and a mess of paper towels makes a pretty quick job of it.
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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2020, 12:44:08 AM »
Beautiful rifle! Congratulations!

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2020, 10:19:59 PM »
im embarrassed to ask this but how the hell do you get the grenade sight down again?
It was a **** to get upin the first place, because of the cosmo (i assume)

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2020, 12:21:03 AM »
You mean to rotate the ladder back down?  I donít believe there is a catch, it should just rotate right on back down. To lock it in place once itís down the gas cutoff needs rotated, but Iíve always assumed that was the hard part in the process, not the initial rotation.  Iíll pull my yugo tomorrow morning before work and verify for you. Maybe you need a bit more persuasion? :))
      

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Re: My first Yugo arrived today.
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2020, 03:12:20 AM »
It's just a detent holding it in place.
Give it a gentle slap with the heel of your hand and you'll be good to go.
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