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sunsoutgunsout 07-11-2013 04:19 PM

cosmoline in bolt?
Bought a russian sks a few weeks ago, and reading some of the forums makes me wonder if i didnt completely get all the cosmoline out. I just field stripped it and let all the pieces soak, hoppes #9 with q-tips afterwards. Would cosmoline soak into the bolt? I'm pretty picky when it comes to cleanliness, especially with my rifles. I have never disassembled a bolt before so I have no idea where to begin! Step by steps and pictures would be awesome! Thanks in advance!


mountainman13 07-11-2013 04:53 PM

Absolutely possible and usually the issue with light strikes. I've seen nagants when the firing pin would just slowly creep forward because they were so caked with cosmoline.
YouTube should have a step by step video.

sunsoutgunsout 07-11-2013 06:41 PM

Well then I should probably get on that! Soaking it in hot water with dawns soap is ok right? Or should i use an actually cleaner like hoppes? Is it pretty easy to assemble them afterwards?

SSGN_Doc 07-11-2013 06:45 PM

Mineral spirits will work well on breaking down the cosmoline. Teh Russians used oil, bees wax, and some other grease to make up their cosmoline. often the wax is what doesn't break down with other degreasers.

orangello 07-11-2013 06:51 PM see the bit on "slamfires". Does your Russian have the older, better, spring-loaded firing pin? bolt pictures

sunsoutgunsout 07-11-2013 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by orangello (Post 1301658) see the bit on "slamfires". Does your Russian have the older, better, spring-loaded firing pin? bolt pictures

I got the 1952 or 54 I believe, either way its the free floating firing pin

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sunsoutgunsout 07-11-2013 07:02 PM

Thanks for the link by the way, that'll keep me more self conscious with keeping my bolt clean and the hazards of neglecting to do so!

nosaj 07-11-2013 07:41 PM

I'm also a big fan of a short soak/scrub in mineral spirits.
I usually use mineral spirits as a first step for all my routine gun cleaning as well.
It helps keep my Hoppes pretty clean too...

robertusa123 09-28-2013 12:27 AM

i had the same problem with my mossion threw the bolt in the toster oven set on the lowest setting after warming it up for about 15 min it was a snap to clean with salvent

Mercator 09-29-2013 12:32 AM

Another way to attack that stuff is a hot ultrasonic tub.

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