Cosmoline removal - methods?


Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > General Firearms Forums > Curio & Relic Discussion > Cosmoline removal - methods?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-16-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Jpyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sewell,NJ
Posts: 4,815
Liked 762 Times on 441 Posts
Likes Given: 457

Default Cosmoline removal - methods?

Just picked up a Mosin-Nagant 91/30 last night. It's an arsenal refurbished model imported by Liberty Arms. Not sure what arsenal refurbished means or when it happened but the wood and metal look to be in excellent shape. Bolt has a nice shiny appearance with no evidence of pitting or any surface grime or rust. Wood has that cosmoline waxy feel to it and is free from any insect or "storage" damage.

Now, as all you Mosin owners are aware...cosmoline is now enemy #1. I have done some reading but have yet to find a cosmoline removal method that seems better than any other, what say you FTF? What have you used, how well did it work? Are you an Ed's Red fan; brake cleaner, mineral spirits, kerosine, kitty litter, microwave, oven cleaner, or oven user?

I expect to strip the gun down to parts and do a complete cleanup of each part so please, if a specific method works on the bolt but not the barrel, etc...feel free to be specific. Also, does the use of the product require the wood to be refinished? What type of protectant would be recommended after cleaning the stock and foregrips...shellac, varnish, Tung oil?

I know, lots of questions...thanks for all replies and suggestions...



__________________

"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington


Last edited by Jpyle; 07-16-2011 at 09:37 PM.
Jpyle is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 07-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sierra Vista,AZ
Posts: 89
Default

I always just wipe off the heavy stuff with rags, then use the spray on gun crud buster and wipe off the film.
For bores, same thing, just push out the heavy layer with patches and then spray in the crud buster and let it work for a while and clean as normal.
The spray on will work on the dried stuff, just needs a little time to do its thing.
Time and elbow grease.



__________________

You may find me dead in a ditch one day, but I will be up to my waist in spent rifle brass!

yellowhand is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 07:59 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Firearms4ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Roanoke,Virginia
Posts: 1,757
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I wipe off all the excess with rags, and then I take the firearm fully apart and soak it in Ballistol. Then some elbow grease and time is all the rest requires.

__________________

"It's a gun you loaded on Sunday, and shot all week."
-Confederate Soldier

"If God didn't create man equal then Sam Colt had made them equal."
-Unknown

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
-Wyatt Earp

Firearms4ever is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: N. Myrtle Beach, SC,N. Carolina
Posts: 7
Default cleaning a 91/30

I bought my nagant about 1 year ago. I cleaned my rifle with just plain kerosene. I bought a gallon for 4 bucks at the local gas station and soaked everything small while swabbing all the big parts with a paint brush including the stock and barrel. Works great and does no harm (actually kero is somewhat of a lubricant).
Funny you should ask, since I just ordered a Nagant pistol which should be arriving this week. I guess I'll be smelling like kero again ! (not all bad )

__________________
leadfoot is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CA357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1175 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 2978

Default

I've used gasoline with good results although the purists may disagree.

__________________
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams
CA357 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 09:23 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jpattersonnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South central,NH
Posts: 5,016
Liked 719 Times on 496 Posts
Likes Given: 744

Default

Mineral spirits. Gas is not bad, but I smoke. So, Mineral spirits are much safer. By the time your done soaking, scrubbing it will look like stain.

__________________

Freedom is not free. The best of us always leave too soon.

jpattersonnh is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 09:33 PM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Jpyle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sewell,NJ
Posts: 4,815
Liked 762 Times on 441 Posts
Likes Given: 457

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpattersonnh View Post
Mineral spirits. Gas is not bad, but I smoke. So, Mineral spirits are much safer. By the time your done soaking, scrubbing it will look like stain.
low odor, odorless or the hard stuff?
__________________

"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington

Jpyle is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 09:42 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 124
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

In the military we used kerosene. It's cheap and it works.

__________________
Dragonheart is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2011, 10:40 PM   #9
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: SW OK
Posts: 4,421
Liked 2141 Times on 1158 Posts
Likes Given: 3246

Default

Quote:
I've used gasoline with good results although the purists may disagree.
Works for me too.
__________________
alsaqr is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2011, 12:15 AM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jpattersonnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South central,NH
Posts: 5,016
Liked 719 Times on 496 Posts
Likes Given: 744

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jpyle View Post
low odor, odorless or the hard stuff?
\Does it really matter w/ an ember in the area? Strait mineral spirits. I've done a dozen rifles w/ only a quart, still have 1/2 left.


__________________

Freedom is not free. The best of us always leave too soon.

jpattersonnh is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
cleaning cosmoline JonM Curio & Relic Discussion 20 03-06-2011 03:57 PM
Deer Hunting Methods Voltron Hunting Forum 18 10-29-2010 01:44 AM
Sig P239 CCW carry methods Phelenwolf Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection 0 08-01-2010 07:24 AM
Cosmoline!!! Need HELP... MEK37 AK & SKS Discussion 16 10-20-2008 11:06 PM