Just picked her up today. VZ 24 Czech

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by junho806, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    Bought it off of Aimsurplus for $230 shipped
    First surplus rifle for me and i've been wanting one for a while
    really like the color and condition of stock and all the metal parts are in very good condition

    but its covered in cosmoline...dreadful stuff
    everything is nasty and dirty
    do you guys know the best and safest way to remove it?
    i heard sitting it out in the sun works but since its winter time...
    and where can i find a good place to learn how to disassemble it?

    Thanks guys
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Believe it or not, some guys put the wood in the top rack of a dishwasher. You can also put the parts in an oven at a very low temperature setting.

    Gasoline removes cosmoline very well, but can be dangerous. You may want to check out surplusrilfe.com for some tips.

    Cosmoline is just a part of the rites of surplus rifles. :D Good luck and enjoy your new rifle.
     

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Lots and lots and lots of

    [​IMG]
     
  4. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    I tried using the gasoline and the cosmoline came right off!
    I'm gonna try the dishwasher method
    i'll post some pictures when i'm finished
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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    I use mineral spirits to clean metal parts. Use a hair dryer and simple green for the wood. Something about wood in a dishwasher is wrong. You can find info on breaking one down on surplus rifle. After you get the stock clean a few coats of BLO will help.
     
  6. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    whew...here's the result of a hard days work
    rifle looks very nice
    here's a before after picture of the action
     

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  7. Lupo

    Lupo New Member

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    I wanna see a range report of that thing! it looks mean!
     
  8. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    ammo coming in wednesday
    probably will go sometime during the weekend
    :D
     
  9. Dcomf

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    Like previously mentioned use Simple Green or Purple Power. You want to use the least harmful method of cleaning as possible. For bad spots I use Blue Wonder sparingly. And don't use oven cleaner either. Try the dishwasher method if you think you may want a warped stock for whatever reason.
     
  10. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    does anyone know where I can find a cleaning kit for this rifle?
    can't seem to find any on google
    :p
     
  11. jpattersonnh

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  12. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    do you use the deluxe one?
    its kinda pricey
    which caliber brush would work?
     
  13. DaveP

    DaveP New Member

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    i sold my VZ for $200 last christmas, enjoy! i hated gettin rid of mine.
     
  14. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Nice looking rifle you picked up there! I think I may have to get into a surplus or two. Seems like a great way to pick up a good rifle cheap.
     
  15. junho806

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    Does anyone know how to clean the barrel after shooting? the primer is corrosive so...
    I read that windex is good but not really sure on what to use and the technique
     
  16. jpattersonnh

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    Hot water and a drop of dish soap! Then clean as usual from chamber to bore.
    The Otis kit I use is the the older version of the hardcore, and I have a tactical version for the field. Just buy some extra patches and bore solvent. Works great.
     
  17. Blakhar

    Blakhar New Member

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    The VZ24 it's a good rifle many regard it as superior to 98k [​IMG]
     
  18. junho806

    junho806 New Member

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    alright guys
    the bore just wont get clean
    been at it for an hour and a half
    used gasoline, mineral spirits, boiling water, half a bottle of hoppes, bore brush, and a pack of cleaning patches and its still not clean
    am i doing something wrong?
     
  19. jpattersonnh

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    Get a can of Gunslick foaming bore cleaner. I've cleaned 6 or so rifles w/ the small size and still have enough for a few more rifles. It is not as harsh as Sweets or other cleaners. It removes grunge and copper fouling.
     
  20. Lupo

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    What is the difference between this rifle and the M24/47? Which one is considered better?