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Is it really clean???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Bowlcut, Nov 6, 2003.

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  1. Bowlcut

    Bowlcut Member

    Apr 5, 2003
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Well I decided since I watched the little video at Surplusrifle.com on how to strip the bolt on my Mosin-nagant i figured id try it tonight. Doing it all from memory from watching that video like 2 weeks ago....was tough. But I got it apart. And to my amazement my sparkling clean bolt that was really tight....was chocked full of cosmoline still. Well not thick, just really gummy in there. I know the store I buy from said he always throws the bolts in a huge bucket of kerosene and tooth brushes them before selling them. Well that sorta desolved some of the cosmo but not all of it.

    Well I got it mostly cleaned out and relubed back up with a few drops of oil. Then I put the thing back together, which was tough from memory and doing it for the first time. Got it back together, and it wasnt as tight as it was before. The bolt sorta rattled, as ive seen many Mosin-nagants do. I always figured mine was just tighter from less use. But it was just the cosmoline holding it all "tight". Now to take it to the range and make sure i didnt FUBAR it totaly ;)

    So remember....clean everything THOURGHLY no matter how clean it looks. Ive shot this gun a few hundred rounds maybe for a year now like this.
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