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I recently purchased a new, never fired, SKS and when I first shot the rifle it did not eject the empty shell. Any reason why?

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  • I recently purchased a new, never fired, SKS and when I first shot the rifle it did not eject the empty shell. Any reason why?

    I recently purchased a new, never fired, SKS and when I first shot the rifle it did not eject the empty shell. Any reason why?

  • #2
    It may need to be stripped and thoroughly cleaned. Some manufacturers put heavy coating of oil or grease on them not knowing when it will be sold, or even leave the warehouse.

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    • #3
      During the cleaning process break it down as much as safely possible to find any defects in moving parts. After that you may need to take it to a gunsmith.

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      • #4
        wally,Rickylee, I've never owned an SKS, but about 10 yrs ago I bought my 8yr old son a Marlin model 60. It didn't function very well the first time out so when we went home I field stripped it per manual instructions. My god, you wouldn't believe what I cleaned out. I'm not going to say it was cosmoline, but in the action whatever it was, was thick.

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        • #5
          I had the same thing happen to me. Thought my sks was dirty so cleaned it, nothing. I took it to a gun smith and he said that the gas tube was broke. I had only shot the rifle about ten times and then the rifle would not eject the shells.

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          • #6
            check to make sure your ammo has enough powder to blow back the action.

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            • #7
              Most likely cosmoline needs cleaned out of the action and springs. Take it apart, scrub everything clean, lightly oil and try again. If you still have problems go to your local gunsmith.

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              • #8
                there are actually to possible reasons (or more) the first is like these guys say its probably got packing oil in it, most military rifles are notorious for that. Secondly make sure your ammo is good. Bad powder will not develope enough pressure to cycle the action.
                Probably just needs a good cleaning. Use auto degreaser and try to keep it off your skin. We use Carb cleaner and it cuts it right off. Be sure not to let it sit very long because it will take the blueing off, reoil lightly on the bolt and let er rip!

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                • #9
                  By not "ejecting the shell" - do you mean it pulls it part way out or not at all? If not at all check the bolt face claw to made sure its not too worn to grab the case. If the blow back ports are clogged - feild strip clean and clear them. If your using corrosive ammo - it foils faster.
                  Just my two pennies.

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                  • #10
                    Probably full of cosmolene. break it down and give it a good cleaning, especially the gas system.

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                    • #11
                      always clean a new rifle

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                      • #12
                        I give it a good cleaning and try to fire it again!!!

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