View Full Version : Check Head Space on a SKS?

Lucky Scott
09-13-2009, 7:08 PM
Okay, just put together a Yugo SKS. Most of the parts are mis-Matched.
Kinda a "Rat Rod" Yugo. Got some stuff from some of the online vendors to finish it off.
I guess the smart thing is to have a gunsmith look at it first and check the headspace? Make sure its good to go?

09-13-2009, 7:55 PM
I would have it checked unless you're 100% sure its all put together correctly and you have no doubt it is

09-13-2009, 10:22 PM
it's an SKS, load a round in it, tie it to a tire with a string around the trigger, and pull. see what happens. check the brass(steel) cartridge for bad signs. and enjoy. these are russian-designed guns, and not very headspace-sensitive. or spend some money on headspace gauges or pay too much to have it checked, choice is yours. i've always used the tire myself.

09-14-2009, 10:01 AM
Have it checked, or order the gauges and check it yourself.

You can get both a Go and No-go gauge for about $50. What's a gunsmith going to charge you to check it? ...$20? ....$30?

You build 2 7.62x39mm rifles in your life and they've paid for themselves...

09-14-2009, 3:50 PM
how much is a gun smith gonna charge you to grab a guage and check 20$ 30$ anythign more you might as well buy the guages this way youll have them forever.