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Old 07-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #11
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I've been thinking about getting the M44 Russian model myself. I like the "carbine" size
Do it! It's a whole lot of fun, I have 2 type 53s which are a clone of the M44
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This site was passed along to me from someone here on the forum, and it's a great resource for a lot of information.

http://7.62x54r.net/

You must absolutely get the cosmoline off BEFORE shooting. Wrapping the wood in newspaper and a plastic garbage bag works well, as you'll read on the 'net.

Cosmo removal. I can attest for the PVC pipe trick.
http://youtu.be/3zFP5ZZQe6g
Pretty good disassembly video.
http://youtu.be/bBO8NCWiks4
A decent video on bolt disassembly.
http://youtu.be/A9byqFz3p04
When you're all done, buy yourself a massage, as your shoulder will need it after a fun day at the range with these

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Yea the PVC pipe trick works great, I've done it on all three of mine

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All good information- thank you. folks!

Re: Quick check of MUZZLE wear, yes, that is one way to do it with any rifle- GENTLY insert the bullet of a cartridge into the muzzle. HOWEVER-
Please note that due to excessive wear of the rifling at the muzzle, when many of these came back thru the arsenal, the muzzles were counterbored about an inch. They did that to get back to good rifling. The last inch is a larger diameter than the bore (and unrifled) and a cartridge inserted into THAT will drop all the way in. Does not mean a bad bore- most shoot pretty well.

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WD 40 cleans cosmoline from both wood and steel surfaces without damage or staining. Once you get the cosmoline off the gun give it a good soap and hot water bath.

I have a hex Mosin Nagant. I bought my Mosin Nagant when they were plentiful. Every gun shop in the area had at least a case of 91/30 rifles. I went through case after case until I found a smooth functioning rifle with a good bore. It just happened to be a Hex receiver. I didn't pick it because it was a hex receiver. I picked it because it was the best gun I had seen. It looks like it was never issued.

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All good information- thank you. folks!

Re: Quick check of MUZZLE wear, yes, that is one way to do it with any rifle- GENTLY insert the bullet of a cartridge into the muzzle. HOWEVER-
Please note that due to excessive wear of the rifling at the muzzle, when many of these came back thru the arsenal, the muzzles were counterbored about an inch. They did that to get back to good rifling. The last inch is a larger diameter than the bore (and unrifled) and a cartridge inserted into THAT will drop all the way in. Does not mean a bad bore- most shoot pretty well.
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Another area to check if the barrel is stuffed with cosmoline is the receiver. If the area where the bolt locks shows no signs of wear the gun has not been used very much. Many of the 91/30 rifles I inspected showed wear to the receiver. I didn't bother with looking at the muzzle once I saw the receiver was worn.

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I built an oven from a galvanized garbage can, to porcelain socket sets 2, flood lamps, a rheostat, some grill racks, and a 12 foot heavy extension .

basically the oven lays on its side.
I wired INLINE the lamp sockets , the rheostat, using the HD electric cord
Screwed the Flood lamps in place
set in the grill racks to hold the disassembled rifle and parts with cosmoline.
Place lid on can and turn on the lights. Heat comes and the cosmoline drips/sweats away..

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There's a YouTube video on that oven. It looks really cool and supposed to work great. I did hear not to use your household oven, as the wife will kill you due the smell of the cosmo melting.

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Try using a heat gun to get off the cosmoline. It works quick and good. You can get one at harbor freight for pretty cheap. Brake cleaner works good too for intricate parts. Just don't get it on the stock.

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