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Old June 30, 2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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K-31 Cleaning

I'm looking to purchase an original K-31 cleaning kit (found one for $20). And I was wondering, how did the Swiss grease their rifles? I know they used Waffenfett, which isn't available to me. Would RIG work? I read that any yellowish gun grease would work. How did they apply it to the rifle and stock and bolt? How would I go about doing it and removing it before I shoot? Would using an a original cleaning kit not be recommend? It's a pull through cord with a bore mirror and a chamber jag. Any input would be helpful, thank you.
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Old June 30, 2014, 10:56 PM   #2
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personally I would get a new cleaning rod mad of graphite, a brass cleaning brush and if at all possible(they are hard to find) a brass jag. I would clean with CLP(cleaner, lubricant, and protectant). it's not what the swiss used but it's simple, easy, and idiot proof(no offense intended).
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Old June 30, 2014, 11:05 PM   #3
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The most knowledgeable folks on the Swiss rifles are to be found at Swiss

Go through the FAQ section and click on the links you find interesting.

FAQ: http://theswissriflesdotcommessagebo...before-posting

Some posts on K31 cleaning:

Something I did not know till I conducted this search, was that the Swiss greased everything, you will see statements not to use oil. I am surprised about that, I only greased the back of the lugs and the extraction cam slot. I clean my K31’s with a one piece cleaning rod and I do it from the breech. I bought several of the cleaning kits, mainly to play with them, I have not used them. For one thing, the threads at the end of the cleaning rods are metric. The grease containers are fun.

Based on posts, I think a lot of American cleaning rituals are advertizing induced behavior.
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Old July 1, 2014, 08:17 AM   #4
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Much all of what you need to know about Swiss rifles was composed by my Son and is posted here on this Sticky.

There's an entire section on grease whys and wherfores on Post #6.
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Old July 1, 2014, 08:40 AM   #5
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Wouldn't it depend on where one lives as to what lube is used?
Don't forget about the weather conditions in Swiss land and what lubes were around, back in the day when the K-31 was the issued rifle.
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