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Old November 26, 2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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Mosin Sling Slots - cosmo cleaning question

I've got a 1931 M91/30 Mosin with sling slots. The sling slot escutcheons (metal plates that surround the slots) have what appears to be crusted/dried cosmoline on them. I've tried mineral spirits and a rag, but just can't seem to get the stuff off. Anything else I can try?
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Old November 26, 2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Only way to get the caked in cosmo is to scrape it off. I used a screwdriver.
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Old November 27, 2014, 10:04 AM   #3
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It might be shellac if your gun is a refurb. Coloring within the lines was not a skill Ivan had. They frequently just slopped it on. Shellac will dissolve with alcohol.
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Old November 27, 2014, 10:16 AM   #4
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^^^ This.

I usually use a DULL putty knife/scraper, being careful not to scratch them. The varnish (or whatever finish they used) usually isn't bonded well to the metal and can be flaked off. You could use a chemical remover on a q-tip I suppose, but you risk getting it on the stock.
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Old November 27, 2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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that's the shellac that they coated the stock with. it's hard to get off and you could create cracks which would start chipping and flaking off the wood. I left it on mine, it's just a beauty issue for me and old warhorses are no longer supposed to look perty in my opinion.
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Old November 27, 2014, 04:15 PM   #6
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D'oh! Never even occurred to me that it might be shellac! Thanks, guys!
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Old November 27, 2014, 08:18 PM   #7
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I'v had mine for several years and shoot it , clean it and it still has cosmoline on it . One thing I did learn was when putting the "dog collar " slings on is put the buckle on the opisite side of the stock that your face touches as recoil can give you a nice scratch on the jaw if a sharp eadge catches you right .
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