So, at the gun store I purchased my 1938 Tula(In delay again, because they lost the FREAKING PAPER WORK, but they are going to give me like 75% off ammo, in exchange, not MilSurplus stuff, actual rounds I can use for hunting like SP or HP. It was all goey as usual, as where all the Mosins. My hand smelt and were dirty as usual due to what I thought was Cosmoline. The guy at the counter asked me if I knew how to clean it and I said yes, I had all the supplies and understood what to do, and that I knew to remove the Cosmoline. He said there wasn't any. I cocked my head and questioned him. They were all in the original crates, they were all covered in this tannish much that stunk like grease. It was thick and oozy. He said it was some type of packing grease? Not Cosmoline? He said I would have known if it was Cosmoline. The one I picked up was rather dry though, then again, we've had a few weeks of 90 degree days, so I'm willing to bed the fact the bottom of the crate is wet with a puddle means it all melted off. But is that right? These come right out the crate he says, they don't take em out or anything, they buy them by the crate, from a new supplier. It kinda worries me. It makes it alot easier for me though as well to not deal with the process of removing it. He said he owns 3 Mosin Nagants...so he should know his stuff, but it looks exactly like this picture: (Yes, I know this is an SKS, but that is the substance that is on the guns in the box, it looks exactly the same) I find it strange that they aren't coated in the crate...and I find it hard to believe as well that this guy who works at a gun store for several years and owns a few of these rifles would not know better.