Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mars5l, Mar 21, 2022.
Sweating out the cosmoline in a plastic bag is a good low-risk move too, if spring in your area brings warm enough temps.
For treating the stock, I like linseed oil. It doesn't really protect the wood, but it does re-hydrate it and make it look better.
How hot does your attic get?
How angry would the Mrs. get if you popped it in the oven at 120 for a day?
I agree with the paint thinner or mineral spirits for s as ll parts including the wood BUT, do not do as a buddy did and submerge the stock in mineral spirits and let is soak. It ruined the stock and messed up the wood.
I clean as much of the stock I can with mineral spirits and then set it in the sun for a while. Heat is your friend. Just not too much heat. Wipe down the side exposed to the sun and flip it over. Believe it or not this process can take a couple of days, even then you may get soon cosmoline seepage over time so don’t going shooting on a hot day in your Sunday best.
Oh, use cotton rags to wipe off the solvent and cosmoline. Rags you can toss. If you’re married I HIGHLY recommend that you DO NOT wash and dry your old cosmoline covered rags in the washer and drier. Trust me on this. 20 years from the day you do this you will be hearing about it.
Used this method many times, worked great.
Black plastic contractor bags in the hot sun absorb a tremendous amount of solar heat. I also put motorcycle tires in the sun, softens the rubber making them easier to mount.
Be prepared to wipe off oozing grease for several days, keep it in the sun until the outpouring stops.
Good luck with your new gun!
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