A couple of Yugo SKS questions?

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Bought a Yugo SKS this past week - nice condition overall and got the chance to clean it up this weekend



Had a couple of questions on some things I discovered while cleaning the SKS

After getting the cosmo out, the barrel didn't take too much effort to clean and in fact had no GSR after running a brush and patches through. The barrel is bright and shiny and the bluing on the outside looks newer than that of the receiver.

Wondering if it had a new barrel put onto it before it was put into cosmoline? It's what I am thinking.

The barrel is stamped with a 183



And the parts (trigger, bolt group, rear sight, receiver, etc) have a '183' that was hand engraved into it
The bolt was definitely cleaned better later ;)



So would that be a new barrel where the 183 was to confirm that the parts were headspaced and tested with a new barrel?

2nd question:

The rear sight block looks to have had some previous engraving or stamped info engraved off - any thoughts as to what would have been here and why it would have been removed?



Thanks for any insight on this!
 

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You should find many other locations of "183" electro-penciled on an all-matching rifle.
It's the last-three digits of its serial number. If you find a bunch of other numbers, not ending in "183" it is a mix master.

As to the grinding, that may simply be rough machining.

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Electro-Penciled/stamped after Arsenal Refurb?
All my SKS's have matching numbers to the receiver.
SKS Ray will have the dope.
 

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Do the sights have what looks like glow-in-the-dark paint on them? (front will flip up)
You may have to clean the cosmo out of them to see the phospor.
If so, it is most likely a 55/66-A1

I had a link to this data but can't find it.
When I do, I'll post it.

~Matt
 
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