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Cosmoline

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Despoiler, Apr 22, 2002.

  1. Yesterday while I was shooting, I laid two rifles in the back of my truck. In the truck there is a black plastic bed liner. The temp was around 70. The rifles had been laying in the sun for about a half an hour and when I picked my 91/30 it was absolutely drenched with a liquid (cosmoline?) there was literally a puddle under the rifles. I have spent countless hours cleaning cosmoline off of these rifles and I have no idea where more could have come from. It appeared to be sweating from the stocks and oozing from out of all of the cracks and crevices. Have you guys noticed this?
     
  2. Jeffro

    Jeffro G&G Newbie

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    Allen,
    YES; I have had that wonderful experience in years gone by.
    I bought a SKS many years ago, cleaned the stock of ALL cosmoline (I foolishly believed), and took it to the range. Shot it a while, brought it home, and set it on my deck (in the hot summertime sun). Went into the house and had a cold iced tea and sat around for a while. Came back outside, and the stock was litterally dripping with cosmoline. I cleaned it all off, and decided to remove the stock from the rifle and leave it on the deck on numerous layers of newspaper for a day. YOU WOULDN'T believe the cosmoline that continued to come out of it. I threw out that newspaper, wiped off the stock, and set new paper under it and left it for another hot day. After 5 days in the sun and changing paper every day, it FINALLY stopped dripping.
    Even after several months, it would have a little cosmoline come to the surface while stored. That stuff is unbelieveable!!
    Happy Trails, and safe shootin'
    Jeffro (Jeff)
     

  3. Rock

    Rock G&G Newbie

    I bought a M1 grand that had the same prolbem the stock felt like it was coverd with honey,did not thank I would ever get it out...Next time I will try what Jeffro did and let the sun do the work.
     
  4. Jeffro

    Jeffro G&G Newbie

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    ROCK (and anyone else who does as I did),
    The sun is great to melt out the cosmoline, but DON'T do as I did. BE SURE TO PUT some kind of plastic UNDER the newspaper if you are doing it on your porch or deck. My deck already needed replacement so it was no problem. Had it been a month later I would have been put out of the house by the wife. The cosmoline (when warm) will permeate the paper and go into the deck or concrete!!!!!
    Happy Trails and safe shootin'
    Jeffro (Jeff) :nod: :nod: :nod: :p
     
  5. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    At my local range, we call this "sweating with the oldies". The sun here gets pretty brutal (though nothing like out west), and our old milsurps can really sweat. Like Al Gore at a Democrat Rally ;-) (Y'all saw that on TV, right?)
     
  6. I read in another forum these guys would clean their stocks with oven cleaner or that purple power degreaser. Then they would put their oven in their kitchen on low, say 175 degrees max and let the cosmoline come out that way. Make sure you put a pan down to catch the cosmoline or your wife will put you in cosmoline.


    Ltcboy
     
  7. hehehhe....aint cosmoline great! I had my M44 ocassionally sweat a tiny bit from one spot on the stock but it was very minor. Oven cleaner on your gun???
    Please tell me you didnt do that! How do you like your Mosin? Rare, medium or well-done? LOL
     
  8. toolman

    toolman Resident Sasquatch Forum Contributor

    bought my oldest son an m-44 for christmas that seems to be completely saturated.he's been doing the oven cleaner deal for several weeks and is still getting cosmo. out of it. got a feeling it's going to be sweating like oprah in a donut shop for the rest of it's days! (for the record,he didn't like my dishwasing soap and scrub brush in the shower method either!)
     
  9. Dennis

    Dennis G&G Evangelist

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    Leaving it in the warm sunshine has allways worked for me
     
  10. mzmadmike

    mzmadmike G&G Newbie

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    Wow, old thread, but it matches my experience. Sun, oven or lots and lots of solvent. It does seem to preserve the wood, though.
     
  11. in my business i get bales of rags. and i also make my own gun solvent, eds red. so i tear the guns apart and do what mzm says . the solvent actually seems to preserve the wood(because of the atf in it) make sure you have a double handful of throwaway rags!
     
  12. BPWinks

    BPWinks G&G Newbie

  13. clean it like the military does...take a tub...fill with water and a bit of your favorite grease cleaner (CITRUS CLEANER IS BEST)....light a fire under the tub...when near a boil or as hot as you can get it..toss in the guns for 15-30 minutes..stiring often..pull out and dry REAL GOOD...then oil EVERYTHING.
     
  14. TankerMan

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  15. Oh, it's still made, all right. It's the still bottom residue from refining paraffin based petroleum. Crude petrolatum. A highly refined version of it is Vaseline.
     
  16. Dennis

    Dennis G&G Evangelist

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    Ya know,... There is a cosmoline story.
    It has been found to be true that the soviets added some secret special mind altering substance to their cosmoline that causes a strange addiction...
    When someone (who has not ever been exposed) gets "slimed" with communist cosmoline it can cause Mosin Nagant addiction.
    The only possible solution is to "regulate" your exposure to new Mosin Nagants once or twice a month unless you have the means to expose yourself more often.
    Buying several rifles at once can work if you pace yourself and fondel them seperately one at a time weekly or biweekly.
    biweekly means an 8 rifle a month habit which is sustainable as long as you have the space for storage.
    I would suggest renting space in a old Salt mine or some other controlled space..
    It is possible to build a steelbuilding just to enable you to service your cosmoline habit this has worked for some.....

    What?.....why are you looking at me that way???......

    :)
     
  17. it makes a dandy hair tonic.
    and tastes better than vegemite!

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2007
  18. What doesn't taste better than Vegemite, billy?

    Apologies to our friends down under; I'm totally incapable of ignoring a straight line like that one.:09:
     
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  19. You might hate the stuff (cosmoline) but you gotta love it at the same time. Because if not for this stuff, we wouldn't have any decent mil. surplus or C&Rs...
    GlockMeister
     
  20. I recall reading some of the older gunwriter's works (Elmer Keith especially) about their experiences in World War 2. Keith (I believe) wrote about submerging Garands and machineguns in liquified cosmoline "until the bubbles stopped coming up"
    as they did not know where the guns would go and the idea was to protect them until issuance to soldiers as though each one would go to a jungle.