SKS firing pin: Dry, wet, or dry lube?

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  • Keep it clean and dry

    4 36.36%
  • Lightly oil the pin and channel

    4 36.36%
  • Spray it with graphite and let it dry

    3 27.27%
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    SKS firing pin: Dry, wet, or dry lube?

    I'm finding conflicting information (yet again, imagine it!) while researching whether or not to lubricate the firing pin on a Yugo SKS. Some sources say apply a light coating of oil to the firing pin (Brownells on YouTube) while other videos and forum discussions say to run the pin and channel dry and only lube the rails. What do SKS owners here do for your firing pin and channel? Dry, wet lube, or dry lube (graphite)?

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    SKS's need lube?

    Imagine that.

    Next thing you be telling me is that you need more than a knotted shoestring to clean one.
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    You can run an SKS dry just like you can run an AK 47 or AK-variant rifle dry. The oil just helps to prolong the service life of the parts.
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    I clicked oil it, but graphite would work. To prolong life and make sure the pin does not freeze, it needs something.

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    My SKS has always enjoyed a steady diet of Remington Drylube. So I chose the last option.
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    The sks firing pin is free floating - no spring. If it or the channel get too dirty, it can and has caused a slamfire condition. I lube everything except the firing pin for that reason. Oil or grease can cause debri build up much faster than dry. Drylube may be ok, just choose not to use it myself.
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    Oil will collect debris and gum up, causing the slam fire. I spray mine until it runs clear then let the solvent evaporate. I always make sure I can hear the firing pin rattle before I reassemble the rifle.
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    Dry lube it.
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    I'm a wet lube guy but it's a SKS. It'll handle whatever you throw at it.

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    I suppose it would be wrong of me to try and jam the pin and see what happens...
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