Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Cleaning My SKS

  1. #1
    Senior Member 3MTA3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Cleaning My SKS

    Going to be shooting my SKS a bit, and I started to think about the PITA of cleaning it after surplus ammo. Typically, I remove the barrel from the stock, separate the gas cylinder and piston and take out the bolt. I pour boiling water down the spout, and immerse the other parts in hot water. After I try to dry them out I run a couple of patches of ed's red down the barrel.
    I was searching around for a better way and found a Brownell's video which is pretty much what I do-does anyone have any tips or tricks?

    "So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.." - George Orwell
    "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."-William Pitt the younger

  2. #2
    Senior Member linung's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Member of CWTF, NDA, CSSA, OFAH

    More Shooting! Less Posting!

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    There is no quick fix for cleaning when shoot corrosive ammo. I spend so much time cleaning ours but after thousands of rounds no corrosion so worth the effort.

    Great gun, tough as nails and cheap to shoot.

  4. The Following User Liked This Post By Lee Enfield

    SwissArmyMan (01-02-2020)

  5. #4
    Senior Member 2012Cvoguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Okanagan B.C. & Victoria TX
    What is this SKS that you speak of??? LOL. Watch C/A on the coast of BC, they bring batch’s of non-corrosive every so often. A little more but time has to mean something also.....

  6. #5
    Senior Member SwissArmyMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Hot soapy water & a toothbrush. I took my sks & Mosin for a bang on New Years Eve. Was a blast.

  7. #6
    Moderator kennymo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Winnipeg, MB
    I’ve got a watering can (garden variety) with a spout that fits neatly in the chamber. Fill it with the kettle and pour it through, wash all the little bits in a small Rubbermaid tub of very hot water. Push patches through barrel & gas tube, couple with solvent, couple dry, finish with oil. Scrub all tiny bits & nooks & crannies with a nylon brush, oil everything thoroughly inside and out. Check a day or two later for any sign of corrosion and address problem areas.

    I found that once I had a system down it wasn’t too bad. Guys used to do it in the field, peeing down the barrel if they didn’t have a kettle available. I keep meaning to try Windex.....(ammonia)
    Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.

  8. #7
    Senior Member Mark-II's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    My fix was to stop shooting the SKS and get an x39 AR Upper

    Smart assery aside, there's little to nothing to rust on the AR, and it's easier to clean regardless.

    1 pro tip would be to lube it with Ballistol, then clean it with a hot water flush then Moose Milk - a mix of Ballistol and water (go buy a small jug of the distilled stuff). I forget the percentages, but google will point you to a black powder forum I'm sure - those guys love the stuff. Follow up with pure Ballistol when it's dry.

    Disambiguation - Ballistol compounds with water, meaning it will mix with and wash away with it, unlike other solvents. I don't have to explain why this is wonderful on a gun that you need to flush out with water and then re-lubricate.

    On something like a Mosin Nagant I just clean the barrel with moose milk patches, wipe the bolt down with the stuff, brush and patch as normal with pure Ballistol, or even Eds Red at that point - no hot water, no disassembly.
    Schrödinger's Gat - The logical paradox which posits that a firearm, stored safe in the home, is at the same time On The Streets

  9. #8
    Canadian ForcesMember srdiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    just spray the chamber with windex, use a ear plug in the muzzle end and fill, let soak, drain and oil. Beats the soviet way of pissing down the barrel.

  10. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    Quote Originally Posted by srdiver View Post
    just spray the chamber with windex, use a ear plug in the muzzle end and fill, let soak, drain and oil. Beats the soviet way of pissing down the barrel.
    X2 on the Windex. Works great.

  11. #10
    One Mile Mentor tigrr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Horsefly BC
    I do the kettle on everything and oil down after. No issues so far.
    The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money.
    There is no place in an anti's head where reason can enter. from a Napoleon saying with a tweak.
    Look around is there someone you can introduce to shooting because that’s the only way we will buck the anti gun trend sweeping Canada! "tigrr 2006"

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts