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Old 12-04-2012, 01:55 AM   #31
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I have a couple boresnakes 20 gauge, 12 gauge and a .410 one will either of those work?
No. You will need one in .30. The ones you have will get stuck and you will end up having to buy 2, one in .30 and a replacement for which ever one you shred getting it out of the mosin
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Gasoline is good for making things go, but not a good choice for a cleaning solvent. It will probably ruin the wood's finish. Let the fumes get away from you and it can ruin your whole day. Just a little mineral spirits will work and it won't ruin the finish. I have not tried the simple green, but I like that idea better than the mineral spirits. Any alcohol will certainly ruin the wood's finish as it is shellac, and alcohol soluable.
Simple green works great. But then again you can always go my route and use easy off oven cleaner! Leave on for 5 minutes and EVERYTHING comes off in the shower.
Of course you have to let the wood dry and refinish it. I used tung oil.
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I have a couple boresnakes 20 gauge, 12 gauge and a .410 one will either of those work?
No buy a. 30 Cal range one. Like. 308 etc.
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I have a couple boresnakes 20 gauge, 12 gauge and a .410 one will either of those work?
Don't use a boresnake for the initial cleanup...it will just get clogged up with the cosmo and you'll only spread it around...Besides you need a 30 caliber snake not one made for a shotgun. Also don't use the steel cleaning rod and jag shipped with the gun...80 years have passed since they were made and technology has improved, besides they were made to clean from the muzzle end and are what damaged the crown on many of the old rifles leading to the counterboring commonly found.

Get a one piece rod or a pull through type. As stated plug the muzzle end with paper or a patch and fill the barrel with BOILING HOT water...let it sit for a few minutes, drain the water then run a few patches...repeat until all the waxy brown substance is removed from the bore. Pay close attention to the chamber, you may want to get a .223 chamber brush and use it to scrub the chamber thoroughly...biggest complaint about Mosins is the "sticky bolt" which more often than not is a dirty chamber problem, not a bolt issue. After the barrel is cleaned finish up with Hoppes or other CLP type cleaner...Mineral Spirits after the hot water is fine for the outside and all the other metal parts. Follow all cleaning up with a good, thin coating of oil...Mobil 1 and Marvels Mystery oil work well here but any quality oil will suffice.

P.S. don't use any heavy duty solvent or degreasers on the wood unless you plan to refinish it. I used Orange Glo and Murphy's Oil Soap on mine, takes a lot of rubbing and cleaning to get it done but it works. There is no quick and dirty method to undo 80 or so years of storage in wax.
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Alright done cleaning the barrel and everything else now I'm going onto the stock.

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Alright I just finished putting it back together I got all the cosmoline off. Now should I oil the barrel, magazine, trigger and bolt? It's already together.

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Alright I just finished putting it back together I got all the cosmoline off. Now should I oil the barrel, magazine, trigger and bolt? It's already together.
yes...you stripped off all the protective coatings, lightly oil all the metal parts and a lightly oiled patch through the barrel and you're good to go. Wouldn't hurt to disassemble the bolt and oil each part individually so you know you got to all the surfaces, once it's assembled some areas cannot be reached.

Please post some pics when you get a chance...eager to see how she turned out.
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Next step: turn down that bolt! Looks good.

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Next step: turn down that bolt! Looks good.
Turn down the bolt? I have it in right or it wouldn't fit right?
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