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Acquired 4 USGI, 20 rd. magazines in the wrap, covered with what appear to be cosmoline (MIL-C-11796C).
Suggestions as to how best to remove this stuff?
 

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Disassemble and drop 'em in a pot of boiling water, remove when clean, wipe off any remaining cosmoline, and lightly oil, reassemble.
 

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And don't use her good spaghetti pot, either... DIEVIL
 

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Brake cleaner from your local auto parts store will remove just about any grease from metal parts. Or carb and choke cleaner.
 

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I have a can of parts cleaner, it comes in a 1 gallon pail and has a perforated parts tray in it. From the auto part store...
 

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I use odorless mineral spirits for all my cosmoline removal. Works great!
 

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Turkey fryer , metal is hot when it comes out so what immediatly evaporates

I did this with a cosmo soaked 1903, came out spotless
 

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I would like to see the markings on the magazines and on the wrapper. Cosmoline was out of use by mid 1950's except at Pueblo Ordnance Depot, which continued to pack stuff with cosmoline until change of activity in 1969.

If the magazines are real US GI, they either came in from overseas, or some unit (or dealer) used grease against the standards for storage.
 

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I would like to see the markings on the magazines and on the wrapper. Cosmoline was out of use by mid 1950's except at Pueblo Ordnance Depot, which continued to pack stuff with cosmoline until change of activity in 1969.

If the magazines are real US GI, they either came in from overseas, or some unit (or dealer) used grease against the standards for storage.
I take a pic and post. Maybe it's just grease?
 

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Greetings,

Year or so ago I had to clean up about two dozen M1 carbine mags that were almost blocked solid with cosmo (CMP). Soaked them for an hour or so in Kerosene, scrubbed, repeated. Then used Simple Green for the final clean off. They all came out pretty nice. Did this outside in front of the shop due to not liking the smell of the kero.

Regards, Jim
 
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