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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:15 am 
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We sold a bunch of the yugo 59/66's recently but several of the last batch have come back. All with the same complaint, they won't eject. A few had corroded gas valves and pistons and we directed people to websites that carried replacement parts. But the one I test fired todaylooked like it was in good shape. I had to kick the bolt handle open to get the spent case out. I don't have gauges but this seems like a headspace issue. Has anybody else seen any yugos with bad headspace? Is there a fix that doesn't cost more than the $140 to get another one? Are there any other possibilities? I cleaned the chamber real good and all of the bolt assembly looks OK


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the easies thing I can figure brother is get you some headspace gauges and a few bolts and see if any of them offer any better readings. Lot of money to put into one though...you would IMO be better off to buy you another SKS and use this one for parts! I have seen trigger assebles go for 75 bucks in catalogs. so you may be able to part it out on EBAY or something like that if you wanted to.

Is this a "shooters grade"?

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We sold a bunch of the yugo 59/66's recently but several of the last batch have come back. All with the same complaint, they won't eject. A few had corroded gas valves and pistons and we directed people to websites that carried replacement parts. But the one I test fired todaylooked like it was in good shape. I had to kick the bolt handle open to get the spent case out. I don't have gauges but this seems like a headspace issue. Has anybody else seen any yugos with bad headspace? Is there a fix that doesn't cost more than the $140 to get another one? Are there any other possibilities? I cleaned the chamber real good and all of the bolt assembly looks OK

I had an older AR that didn't like to eject spent shells. Drove me nuts for weeks. Finially in desperation I took an old cleaning rod with a chamber brsh attached and "chucked it up" in a drill motor and went at the chamber with lots of solvent and high speed. Problem solved. May be worth a shot (no pun intended).

BTW: Prior to the drill thing, the chamber "looked" fine...

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sorry about the first post it is early :oops:

I had an M1 Garand one time that had the barrel "shotout". With thin wall factory ammo you could see the swelling on one side of the case. this maybe your problem. the factory ammo was having the rim torn off when it was tring to eject. now I figure you are shooting russian or steal case ammo. if so get some brass cased factory loads and give them a try more than likely they wont eject either but the case should give you an indication of a shot out barrel! if that is your problem! GOOD LUCK

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Do they have the grenade launcher thing on them?

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Apparently the cheapest way to fix the problem is to call Century Arms and have them issue a call tag. The customer called today when we told him the rifle was too ugly to hang on the wall. They sent out a call tag with no problems.

Yes it had the grenade launcher and the gas valve was in the right position. When I put the fired case in the chamber and dropped the bolt I had to beat it open with a rubber mallet or stomp on the charging handle. I guess I'll never know if it was headspace or not. But I have to say Century has pretty good customer service.


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Most of the problems I have ever heard came from the gas valve, but it sounds like you have that covered.

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that was what I checked first before firing it, I have seen others with bad valves, pistons etc and they are a cheap fix.


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CoastieN70 wrote:
I had an older AR that didn't like to eject spent shells. Drove me nuts for weeks. Finially in desperation I took an old cleaning rod with a chamber brsh attached and "chucked it up" in a drill motor and went at the chamber with lots of solvent and high speed. Problem solved. May be worth a shot (no pun intended).

BTW: Prior to the drill thing, the chamber "looked" fine...


We had an, I believe, Albanian SKS at the shop that wouldn't extract. It came in with a spent shell stuck in the chamber. It was well stuck!

After turning the air blue for a while I got it out. Chamber looked fine but I cleaned it anyway. It was filthy and the chamber was badly eroded (scored). The gun will never again shoot properly.

It turned into a parts gun.

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