Any tips on cleaning up my new Mosin Nagant?

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  1. Ironbar

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    OK, after reading the other threads about this rifle, and then seeing that Big 5 has them on sale for $99.00, I decided to swing by their store today and take a look.

    They had three available, two 1944's and a 1938 M91/30. All looked sound, no cracks in the stock, and the bores all looked good. They have all been arsenal refinished.

    I ended up taking the 1938 rifle because it was the only one with all matching numbers, and it seemed to have the smoothest bolt action of the three.

    So, now that I have it, I was wondering if you could tell me the best way to clean up the abundant amounts of grease, and this waxy gunk all over the stock. Thanks!
     
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    fire about 100 rounds through it as fast as you can ..

    should be hot enough where you can no longer hold the forearm,

    and you might have to work the bolt with a 2x4 ..

    oh and run a patch through the barrel if there is debris in it
     

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    I use brake cleaner. It dissolves the cosmoline fairly well.
     
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    I field strip and clean with kerosene, rag the stock off, light oil, and hit the range. You should strip the bolt, clean also. No need to sand the stock, gloss urathane, etc. leave as is.
     
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    I've always used mineral spirits on both wood and metal. It'll dissolve the cosmolene.
     
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    Best thing that is not harsh on the finish (like brake cleaner) is a degreaser such as simple green or purple power. I've user purple power with very good results.
     
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    bustedknee The Snowflakes have invaded GT

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    An old military arms collector told me to take a hot soapy shower with any gun that has been in cosmoline. Scrub it with a soft brush (your wife's back brush should do nicely).

    It works!
     
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    Kerosene for the cosmo, and kroil for the bore.
     
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    For the bore, wouldn't you simply use Hoppe's #9 and brass bore brush? Then run patches through until it's clean, then light oil?
     
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    Vodka.
    Seriously.
    Vodka is a grain or potato based alcohol and it will dissolve cosmoline like you wouldn't believe.
    It also removes the gum based backing from the price and bar code stickers on all kinds of items, it won't melt plastics, PLUS, it is safer for you, no harmful fumes though the stuff WILL burn like gasoline if you aren't careful.


    We always keep a bottle of cheap Vodka around just for these little cleaning projects.
    The plastic bottle stuff works just as well as the hand etched glass bottle stuff so don't get elaborate.

    If you add squeezed Lemon or Orange juice to the Vodka it works even better as the citrus juice has additional cleaning powers and will cut through grime and waxes better than plain vodka. HTH
     
  12. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    Balistol. good for wood, leather, metal and plastic.
    Clean the metal/bore with a good cleaner then use Balistol on it. Make up a small amount by using 10% Balistol and water, use for cleaning the bore right after shooting. Dry and use full strength to go thru the bore.
    Best stuff ever for corrosive ammo firing mil-surps.
     
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    This. Or piss on it, that actually works with Russian weapons. :cool:
     
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    I've collected and shot old military guns for a long time and have aways used hot,soapy(dawn works great!) water on everything. Just grab a brush and use a little elbow grease. It's a nasty job no matter what you use!
     
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    be careful with brake cleaner. if it gets hot enough to vaporize it can put off a deadly
    gas!
     
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    never had that happen,

    have polished guns till you cant hold them by hand any more and sprayed them with break cleaner and im still here.
     
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    Oh or DR. Bronners all natural soap. I like the peppermint for cleaning, it's amazing.
     
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    read the can .
     
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