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Old 02-07-2011, 11:47 PM   #11
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Try methods as discussed on surplusrifle.com. If you're not getting started til this spring I would let it alone. After all, it is a preservative.

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Try methods as discussed on surplusrifle.com. If you're not getting started til this spring I would let it alone. After all, it is a preservative.
im gonna read every thing i can im allergic to work. break out in a rash and all. yeah its gonna sit till spring. i dont wanna screw the barrel up either cleaning it poorly.

lots of good info on a vile task so far.
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Thanks for posting that. I have an M44 with cosmo up the barrel that I am going to be cleaning this weekend. It had not occurred to me that my wife's steam cleaner could be of use there.
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Thanks for posting that. I have an M44 with cosmo up the barrel that I am going to be cleaning this weekend. It had not occurred to me that my wife's steam cleaner could be of use there.
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Thanks for posting that. I have an M44 with cosmo up the barrel that I am going to be cleaning this weekend. It had not occurred to me that my wife's steam cleaner could be of use there.
The steam cleaner worked like a CHAMP! I found a nice shiny bore under all that yuck :-)
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& saftey glasses

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Heat lamp and a trash can. Keep the firearm vertical.

Looks like a bucket of ear wax rolling off of it.

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Tried something today. In past I have used mineral spirits, brake cleaner spray, heat, simple green, etc ad infintum.

Just picked up a Mauser 24/47 that had HEAVY cosmoline. I could have put a frickin' WICK in the thing, and used it for a candle. Too cold to go play outside with brake cleaner.

Handling rifle, got really dry cosmo on my hands. Did not want to wipe off, just sort of smear. Oh, yuck- where's the hand cleaner? Grabbed my tube of Goop (orange based) squirted a dab in hands, rubbed, cosmo gone. Hey- wait a minute!

Stripped action out of stock, broke it down, grabbed a chunk of Mauser, tube of Goop, and a nylon brush. Scrubbed for a few seconds, dunked under hot running water- and- well, I'll be danged- nice shiny Mauser. Even dunked bore brush in Goop, cleaned out the cosmo in the bore.

Took a dab of Goop, rubbed stock by hand, wiped down with paper towels. Rised all metal parts under hot water, dried (yard sale blow dyer on workbench comes in handy) Oiled parts, reassembled. Looks really good.

My tube of Goop was a buck from the dollar store. Figure I used about 7 cents worth. No gloves, no danger of setting self on fire, etc.

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During the summer, I just wait for a nice hot day and stand them up in the backyard in the sun.

Or, a cheap heat gun from Harbor Freight will melt it off. Just keep it moving.

Once it melts off a blast with break cleaner from Wally World does the metal, and rags do the wood.

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