Originally Posted by Ruger22lr
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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Last edited by Jpyle; 12-04-2012 at 02:18 AM.