Working the Cosmoline out of my Mosin Nagant
I've had a Mosin Nagant M44 (Russian Surplus, circa WWII) for a couple of years (Christmas present from my better half) and have read about the cosmoline that was used to mothball these guns can form a thin varnish causing problems. For me, the bolt was impossibly stiff to cycle once it got warmed up.
I have known the solution for over a year now, but this weekend at the range with the brothers-in-law, I finally got around to the remedy:
Fire a bunch of rounds (got some free 7.62 x 54r from my Dad) to really warm up the barrel: Scrub the devil out it. Rinse and repeat.
I did this for three cycles and now the bolt is working smooth as silk. :hand10: Also, my brothers-in-law have a newfound respect for what they call "the elephant gun." :danceban: