I put all the tricks I learned here to use and refinished the stock on my M44. I tried the Easy Off oven cleaner on the stock. After using a whole can on it and then hosing it off I let it dry outside overnight. I was shocked at what I saw in the morning! The wood went from a dark greasy nasty chunk of wood to a real light and spotlessy clean piece with nice grain. It was real easy to sand smooth without any cosmoline clogging the sandpaper. I had never tried the Tru-Oil before but I got some and that will definitely be what I use on my next Mosin. I have 8 coats on it now and I could quit but heck---theres still some left in the bottle! I reblued it with Brownells 44/40 cold blue. Thats good stuff. The only other blueing I have ever used needed to have the metal warmed in the oven so I didnt think this stuff would work as good as it did. I read somewhere that it took 43 hours to build one Mosin. I got more hours than that just refinishing it. Its gonna be too pretty to shoot. Nah, cant do all that work and not shoot it.