Bought it off of Aimsurplus for $230 shipped
First surplus rifle for me and i've been wanting one for a while
really like the color and condition of stock and all the metal parts are in very good condition
but its covered in cosmoline...dreadful stuff
everything is nasty and dirty
do you guys know the best and safest way to remove it?
i heard sitting it out in the sun works but since its winter time...
and where can i find a good place to learn how to disassemble it?
"If guns cause crime then all of mine are defective." -Ted Nugent
Believe it or not, some guys put the wood in the top rack of a dishwasher. You can also put the parts in an oven at a very low temperature setting.
Gasoline removes cosmoline very well, but can be dangerous. You may want to check out surplusrilfe.com for some tips.
Cosmoline is just a part of the rites of surplus rifles. Good luck and enjoy your new rifle.
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I use mineral spirits to clean metal parts. Use a hair dryer and simple green for the wood. Something about wood in a dishwasher is wrong. You can find info on breaking one down on surplus rifle. After you get the stock clean a few coats of BLO will help.
Like previously mentioned use Simple Green or Purple Power. You want to use the least harmful method of cleaning as possible. For bad spots I use Blue Wonder sparingly. And don't use oven cleaner either. Try the dishwasher method if you think you may want a warped stock for whatever reason.