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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Gasoline/mineral spirits is what I've always used. Outside, away from any ignition source and on a gravel limestone driveway.
Gasoline and a stiff parts cleaning brush, to remove most of it quickly and mineral spirits to finish up with. Used brake cleaner aerosols to flush out the trigger, magazine and bolt assemblies, after initially soaking/brushing them with gasoline.
Last rifle I de-gunked, was an Inland 30 Carbine from CMP, also did an SMLE and a 1969 Romanian 22 trainer. Even the wood was heavily-coated in preservative, on all three, but really bad on the SMLE.
After I'd removed the gunk from all the parts, left the stock pieces out on the deck in the sun, on newspaper. Took repeated cleanings to finally get the stock to the point where it was no longer sticky.
I would <u>not</u> advise anyone using gasoline, unless they can do it safely, as mentioned above in the first paragraph.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B