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Old October 25, 2011, 05:59 AM   #6951
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Frogstomper checking in...my first post

I have been reading some of the threads on this forum site because I have been on a total loco gun buying spree...came into a little money recently. The first three acquisitions have been a Beretta 92S, compact Springfield HD, and my trusty conceal carry Taurus 9mm revolver (yep, we can carry concealed, loaded in Arizona -- no CCW.

That was five or six months ago. Somehow the bug bit me again when I saw a boss Sig Sauer 223, but I couldn't afford it. So I invested in a Saiga .223 long barrel...it's a workhorse jewel.....couldn't resist. Having succumbed to more of my impulses I picked up a Ruger Charger, and Ruger Target SS black laminate bull barrel. Shoulda stopped there, but when I saw the ridiculously low price at Bud's on a Russian Mosin-Nagant 91/30 I just couldn't pass it up. I want to kick around that gun a bit before I close this discussion.............

Coming by UPS this week is a beautiful CZ-455 in .22mag. Hopefully that's it for awhile. Before this spree I already had 7 handguns and rifles, including my trusty Daisy Red Ryder BB gun (pigeon chaser).

About the MN.....it came all glopped up with cosmoline which actually seems to have been a great preservative. The gun is in excellent shape (barrel), very little rust, and the nicks and scratches can be cosmetically treated. My great fear was the cosmoline; I had heard lots of stories about how it just keeps leaking out after years of cleaning. Well, having earned a minor in chemistry at the UofArizona I determined that Simple Green, Gasoline, Mineral spirits and other products suggested by friends just wasn't going to be a quick and simple solution to purging that cosmoline barrier coat. So, I went to my secluded stash of diluents and concluded that the chemical structure of MEK, Acetone, Lacquer thinner were likely to be the correct solvents to use on this gun. I quickly discovered that I was right. I doused a rag in lacquer thinner and it easily dissolved the cosmoline totally from the outer surfaces of the rifle....including the stock. Next I poured some MEK (MethylEthylKetone) into the action and magazine. Cosmoline came gushing out like a dam had burst. It dries quickly and I could see that the metal had become decently clean. Next I force sprayed some brake parts cleaner (Walmart) over and through the iron parts to further remove any remaining MEK/cosmoline residue....also thru the barrel. The barrel took about 16 or 20 passes with Hoppe's 9 and Sweet's conditioner, along with some more brake parts cleaner. A bore light showed the bore to have become very clean, only bare metal showed inside, rifling was perfect. Ya just gotta get all that lead out that has been in there so long. So I oiled it up profusely with a few cotton patches soaked in a quality gun oil.

The gun is completely disassembled now, and the parts are shiny clean, no cosmoline is evident. The MEK also lifted the cosmoline out of the pores in the wood, and the total hue lightened up a bit showing the real wood color. Russians used very poor grade lumber back in those years. Sanding it down more and then wiping with a wet, water soaked rag made the good looking grain stand up. I sanded the grain down smooth again and then applied some Red Oak (Min-Wax) stain. After it dried I sprayed three coats of polyurathane gloss over the entire wood stock, let dry for three days, lightly brushed with fine steel wool, cleaned the dust off with mineral spirits, and applied another three coats of polyurathane gloss (hold the spray can about 12-18 inches away from the wood).

It came out beautiful...a nice reddish hue that the Russians seem to be fond of. After letting dry another three days I rubbed it hard with a dry corduroy cloth, and applied an automotive sealer and glaze. That was shiny enough, but when I added my expensive carnauba wax as a finishing coat and rubbed it to a brilliant gloss, it looks like the 'lacquer' is still wet and ready to drip off the wooden stock. The Mosin now hangs proudly in my living room as a tribute to a WWII relic that has been restored to a real showpiece.

During the war the Russians didn't take the time to make the 91/30 look nice...they just threw a coat of varnish over the wood and got them out to the troops ASAP. It doesn't take much to turn it into a beauty. In the near future I will take it apart again and sand down (emory) the black iron and replace it with some bluing by heating the iron and applying the blue. I will also polish the trigger mechanism some. I'm almost afraid to shoot it now -- it looks so good -- but I'm gonna.

Well, that's it. I'm a newbie to all this, but I have had a little experience in refinishing wood products. My main concern was the cosmoline, but the MEK and Lacquer thinner did a thorough and excellent job with no fuss, no muss. I tried gasoline at first...what a joke...!!!

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Old October 27, 2011, 09:54 PM   #6952
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Howdy, names Nick, I'm on th back side of 50 and have been employed working with explosives and weapons since I was 18, nice folks here, thanks for the invite. Cheers.
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Old October 28, 2011, 12:28 AM   #6953
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Good evening, Ladies & Gents.

My name is John and, as others have done before, I've been lurking around here for quite some time. I'm the quiet type... would much rather do more listening than talking. Texas is home for my wife and me. My first gun was a Daisy lever-action and the targets were crackers... or tin cans... or occasionally the little plastic Army man that got separated from the others. Since then there have been pistols, revolvers, rifles, more pistols, shotguns, more pistols, and then a few more pistols. I would have to say that handguns are my favorite - particularly modern duty or defensive semi-automatic pistols.

The shooting is fun, the cleaning is cathartic, and the collecting is gosh-darn expensive but worth every penny. Do you have one of those guns that you just like to sit and hold? You know the one... shiny blue steel, deeply figured wood grips, the unmistakeable aroma of Hoppes... the one that you turn over and over in your hands just so you can marvel at the craftsmanship, the engineering, the near perfect blend of form and function. You rack the slide, slowly press the trigger, and then... yep - it still breaks just like a glass rod. What is it about these things that have such a hold on us? I don't know... but it makes me smile.

Well, I fear I've said too much. Y'all probably think I'm either a fool or a nut - maybe both. So be it... I am what I am. God bless and stay safe.
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Old October 28, 2011, 01:56 AM   #6954
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Yep, I know what you mean...!!!

Hi, John

My favorite to just stare at is my Henry Big Boy .357. What a nice weapon to behold! However, coming in a close second is my CZ 455 USA...these guys do a real bang-up job with their expert craftsmanship. I keep both on my display rack in the living room.

And to put things into perspective; his guns, to a man, is like her jewelry, to a woman. Once you get her to understand that you award yourself a lot less nagging when you spot a weapon you just can't pass up. However, now you've automatically committed to take her shopping for a new trinket (and an expensive one).

I am just a little bit heavier into the long guns moreso than the handguns, though I have a good array of pistols and revolvers. Just added the new Ruger Charger .22 to my arsenal. It's kinda in between with that 10+ inch barrel and the bi-pod.

Glad you joined............

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Old October 28, 2011, 04:42 PM   #6955
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Hi all from Minnesota. I'm in my early 50's and enjoy target shooting and firearms in general. I've visited this site many times over the years for info and to pass the time. Great forum and good folks here. Thanks to admin for providing this resource. Look forward to participating! -Sonic
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Old October 28, 2011, 07:07 PM   #6956
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Hello fellow shooters!

I have been retired from active military duty for 6 months now and can play with my beautiful daughter. I have shot everything from revolvers in all calibers, semi's, and all types of amazing rifles and shotguns. My favorite is the P226 and the 870. These choices are based on years using them as tools and nothing else.
Looking to meet a good group of folks who are ready to share their stories and some advice as nobody knows everything.
Thank you for reading this.
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Old October 28, 2011, 09:47 PM   #6957
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Hello All!

My name is Mark. I'm 28, I am a new dad and a security officer. I live in Indiana.

Since becoming a new father I've been thinking more proactively and decided to procure a weapon for home defense... After all, the possessions inside your home are merely monetary but family is irreplaceable. I purchased a Mossberg 500 Cruiser 12ga. w/ door breacher. Since obtaining the aforementioned firearm, I've rekindled my affinity for firearms.

Thank you for your time.
Happy (and safe) Shooting.
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Old October 30, 2011, 12:47 AM   #6958
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Hi All!

Hey fellow gun enthusiasts!
I just joined up on the forum tonight and thought I should introduce myself.

I am a student at a local university in Tucson, Arizona. I shoot Competitive Shotgun sports (Trap, Skeet, Doubles, Intl Trap, etc...) I am in fact a starving college student due to the fact that the University doesn't support anything other then the football team and everyone here knows how expensive our hobby is!

I really enjoy shooting rifles and handguns as well. We have alot of desert wilderness area on the outskirts of town and i go out about once a month and blow up beer bottles and whatever else I don't need around the apartment. And believe it or not I do pick up after myself

I joined because I have read a ton of reviews on this website about guns I have looked at buying and there are a lot of members, so I decided to join and every now and then I can give my two cents on something

Hope everyone is having a good halloween weekend! Tiny picture of myself is posted below (not sure if that was required or not)

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Old October 30, 2011, 01:12 AM   #6959
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Hello.

Stand by for flames re: shooting of glass bottles. I'll let others focus on that.

Ever go to El Guero Canelo? Or BK's? I have not been there for months and am experiencing the jones.
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Old October 30, 2011, 01:17 AM   #6960
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Thanks for the welcome. I assumed I would attract the normal amount of people that will "freak out."

I live about 5 min away from BK's. bean and Cheese burrito at least once a week. Never been to the other place. I'll have to check out the other place that you mentioned.
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Old October 30, 2011, 01:51 AM   #6961
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I was down there a few months ago. GC is about a long block south of BK.

I also went to see "the THING" outside of Benson. That made me feel like I was in a David Lynch movie for 20 minutes. Who knew the old carnival freakshow was alive and well and living in a Dairy Queen?

There is a pretty cool gun shop in Benson, BTW. I forget the name but it is on the main street to the East of the train station; on a side street next to the saddle store.
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Old October 30, 2011, 02:08 PM   #6962
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This is some thread! New member here from Northeast Florida. Love all disciplines of shooting and shooting sports, and trying to stay involved in as many as I can. Looking forward to learning from you all!
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Old October 30, 2011, 08:55 PM   #6963
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Hi all, my name is Ryan. I am from Wisconsin. I have been a member over at shootingworld and shotgunworld for a while now and stumbled upon this site.

My collection so far:
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Old October 30, 2011, 09:12 PM   #6964
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I am devans0, and live in the mid west USA. I like Sigs and Glock handguns, 9mm and 22 cal. My current shooting favorites are a Glock 17L and a Glock 19 22 cal. I keep ammunition costs low so I can shoot a lot.
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Old October 31, 2011, 09:34 AM   #6965
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Hello from new member

Hello,

I am new to the sight from TN. I look forward to posting on here.

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Old October 31, 2011, 09:39 AM   #6966
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Old October 31, 2011, 09:52 AM   #6967
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This is a good place. I've learned a lot from the collectivized wisdom here, as I hope you will, too. Welcome!
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Old October 31, 2011, 10:18 AM   #6968
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Welcome to the highroad from your neighbor in Missouri, this is a pretty cool site, most of the guys here are alright you just got to watch out for some of the Moderators. (LOL) Just kidding all in all it`s a right decent site welcome aboard.
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Old October 31, 2011, 10:28 AM   #6969
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Welcome!

We look forward to your participation. It's a good place to learn.
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Old October 31, 2011, 02:37 PM   #6970
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hey everyone...

my name is darryl... prior navy and i was an af military brat. grew up mostly on bases in guam and the philippines.

i've always been interested in firearms, but my first purchase wasn't until feb of this year. (glock 23)

i'm interested in several platforms... the 1911, ar-15 5.56 and the saiga 12

also hoping to become a leo armorer/gunsmith
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Old November 1, 2011, 02:06 AM   #6971
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Hey what's up? A buddy of mine got me into guns about 9 months ago. Since then I have accumulated 10 of them. Really into gunsmithing (not much experience other than rebluing a German Single Action Army .22 and assembling a Muzzleloader kit) Really into US Military weapons from all time periods.
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Old November 1, 2011, 02:49 AM   #6972
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Hello all;
Just discovered this website and am happy to be a new member here. I'm a U.S. Army Vietnam combat vet; retired U.S. Air Force and U.S. Treasury Dept. I have owned, sold or traded so many guns over the years I can't remember them all but it's been just about any model and type you can think of. I like to shoot long guns and hand guns but nowadays my preference is mainly for handguns as I don't hunt much any more (no longer a young man). I'm looking forward to posting with all of you in the future!
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Old November 1, 2011, 03:02 PM   #6973
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New Member This morning!

Hello, I'm a vietnam Vet,Cmdr.Asland Post 206 Virginia,love hunting both black powder & rifle. My county in Va is however a shotgun only.
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Old November 1, 2011, 09:11 PM   #6974
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Hi all!

I'm Scott I enjoy most firearms and enjoy trap shooting. I signed up on here to ask some questions and it really seems like this is the most classy forum around.

Thanks -
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Old November 3, 2011, 10:32 AM   #6975
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Hello! I was told about this forum by a friend. This place is a great resource!

I am new to shooting...again. I used to shoot with my dad in IL when I was young. We mostly shot BB and pellet guns. I own 5 BB/pellet rifles/pistols to this day.

I now live in West Texas and recently came into possession of a S & W Model 13-1 .357. I can't wait to put some .38 and .357 rounds through it.

Happy to be here and I look forward to learning more from everyone on the board.
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