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Old 09-07-2019, 8:28 AM
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Default Sks stock identification

How do you tell the difference between stocks on the sks? What to look for to tell it apart from a yugo, Chinese 56, commercial Norinco etc? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Default different types of sks stocks

the YUGO sks has a unique dense hard wood with a nice wood grain possibly TEAK wood, it feels heavier, usually with a nice blond oil finish, most have a thicker butt pad (rubber plate) than other sks model that normally have a sheet metal butt plate

the Chinese sks are made of a wood known as "CHU wood" it has a light grain color usually with the distinctive orange / yellow varnish finnish not as heavy as the Yugo wood, seems softer. The Chinese military stocks usually have a matching serial number on the stock , the commercial ones are usually unnumbered and have a very light color and light varnish , the Chinese also made a red plastic resin stock for "jungle conditions" Chi Com stocks were made for Blade bayonet (early style before 1965) and long spike style bayonet (1965 and later) you can easily identify by the shape of the cut

The Russian sks usually come with a beachwood stock with a dark reddish varnish Mahogany color wooden stock, and also the Laminated hardwood with the reddish / orange color laminated wood , the Russian stocks are cut for the Blade style bayonet only (except for rare experimental models) the Russian hardwood stock seem to have an unusual dark patterns on the wood like they were fire hardened?

Romanian sks stocks look very close to a Russian hardwood stock but without the dark patterns, more even color most seem more of a dull dark red color and has the cut for the blade style folding bayonet , Ive seen some Romanian sks with a very heavy rough grain, not as smooth.


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Thanks! Pretty sure I have a type 56 sks stock then, it’s stamped with 33961 on the stock. It was a swap meet find for $20 looks almost perfect even came with cleaning kit in trapdoor. Only thing that throws me off is the forend top piece does not have the 3 slots cut into it.
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Teal is too expensive to be use on a military rifle. Let alone a communist country that mass produced these rifles. Yugo were made from beech wood
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From sks forum
https://sks-files.com/index.php?topic=763.0

Years later, I had spoken to someone at Potomac Arms, and we had the very same conversation regarding wood types.
He said that he had a conversation with a person at Zastava about what wood they actually used.
They laughed when he had asked about Teak, and made the comment that why would they import expensive
semi exotic woods for their rifle stock manufacturing. He said that the wood used was an Eastern European species of
Birch that was used for the M70 series of rifles, ( M70 M72 M76 etc..) Beech was used on the M90 series, and is currently
used on the recent M85 Yugos.
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Any insight as to why there are no slots cut into the hand guard
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Yugo M59's and Romanian.
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Thanks! Pretty sure I have a type 56 sks stock then, it’s stamped with 33961 on the stock. It was a swap meet find for $20 looks almost perfect even came with cleaning kit in trapdoor. Only thing that throws me off is the forend top piece does not have the 3 slots cut into it.
Keep in mind that not all chinese stocks will be a perfect fit for all barreled actions.

Some stocks will have the inletting cut for threaded barrels, while others will be cut for pinned barrels. If the stock is not cut for the type barreled action you have, the recoil crossbolt will not align correctly and the the fit will be too tight or too loose.
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