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Old 12-19-2011, 10:30 PM   #11
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C3 pretty much nailed it on selection. The first thing I look for is the bore. Next I pick for pretty or old.

For getting rid of the cosmoline, and I have done this many, many times, I strip the rifle, put all of the small parts in boiling water, and pour boiling water down the barrel. While everything is hot, wipe it down with tee shirt material. No chemicals, no stink. Just don't use your wife's good boiler or your rice will taste like kerosene forever.

A historical side note on cosmoline:

Russian cosmoline is................ear wax. Russian soldiers were forbidden to clean their ears, and once a year the "collectors" visited the troops to gather in this great preservative. The ear wax collection was a high point in the year, because they were able to hear again for a few weeks, also they were issued a small vodka ration after the harvesting to celebrate. So, when cleaning the rifle, treat it with great respect, and follow the cleaning with a toast to the Soviet soldiers who's ear wax saved your rifle.

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Old 12-19-2011, 11:15 PM   #12
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Chainfire awesome little fact. An thanks for all the info guys i just got my girlfriend to buy my one just now as my chritmas present. I think she is a keeper. Hahaha. Will post pics after i clean the "ear wax" off her.

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Chainfire awesome little fact. An thanks for all the info guys i just got my girlfriend to buy my one just now as my chritmas present. I think she is a keeper. Hahaha. Will post pics after i clean the "ear wax" off her.
Off your girlfriend or your rifle?

Congrats, you will have a lot of fun with your new rifle! Shoot in good health.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:32 AM   #14
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So i just spent 2 hours cleaning this giant of a weapon and i dont think im close to done. Going to put a few rounds through it tomorrow. A little hesitant on my proficiency putting the bolt assmebly together but i did it and function checked it (dry fired) and it worked so im pretty sure its good

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Do you have the bolt tool? There are three notches, one for unscrewing the firing pin, and the other two are for checking firing pin protrusion. Of those two, the firing pin should pass under one notch, and touch or slightly hang on the other, when the tool is run across the bolt face edge ways.

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Oh, man, EAR WAX?

I don't want to get all girly here, but am I the only one who's

a little grossed out now? Yecch!

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Yes i have the bolt tool but it has 4 notches. The first one does not have a marking on it the second has 75 above it the third has 95 and the fourth im assuming is the firing pin wrench. Not too sure which notches to use....? Any input?

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The fourth is so that it will fit down over the rim of the bolt face. your firing pin should pass under the 95 and touch or slightly snag the 75.

Trying to figure out how to explain it... if you hold the bolt vertical, and lay the tool flat on the bolt face, lift the tool 90 degrees so that the edge with the notches is flat to the bolt face. The protrusion of the firing pin is what I would worry about the most, as long as it operates, then the rest of the bolt should be fine, you can't really put them together backwards.

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Thanks i just dint know which notches to use.

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Standby for a picture

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