GUN Cosmoline on AK mags, cleaning options?

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  1. dpixel8

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    Got some AK mags (metal style) from AIM a while back. It's a sticky substance so I am assuming it's cosmoline. Is this shit going to be inside the mags also? If not, how do I clean the outside? If so, what process to clean the entire mags?

    Anyone have these things or dealt with this before? :dunno:
     
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    mineral spirits and a wire brush. Quite likely inside too remove the floor plate and follower. soak it all in mineral spirits and use the wire brush to clean the inside of the mag body.
     
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    Coo. Should I lube the insides then after it's all dry before reassembly?

    EDIT: and thanks buddy. you're always here for me :love:
     
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    i just let my sink run super hot and washed it off that way :dunno: took no more than ~5 minutes
     
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    took them apart though for the insides?
     
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    [DWI] Master of Nothing

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    My buddy just ran it through the dishwasher when the wife wasn't home.
     
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    :rofl:

    I'd be worried about it re-drying in the drain :dunno:
     
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    Don't really need to just make sure everythings nice and dry before reassembly.
     
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    yeah. took the baseplate, spring and follower out, then blasted the inside with super hot water.

    edit: i got it in pieces, so i didnt need to disassemble. 30 round parts kits FTMFW:hsughno:
     
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    cool. maybe ill just spray a small amount of gun oil and rub down the insides for the fuck of it.

    thanks again
     
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    he did it years ago, it never clogged up, just run some hot water through the drain after the dishwasher was done.
     
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    probably stunk like a mofo
     
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    If you have super hot water, or one of the extra faucets that do the superhot water for tea and stuff that would probably take the cosmo off, but like you said I'd try to catch the stuff coming out not sure I'd want it settling inside my pipes. :dunno:

    I've also heard of people cleaning mags by throwing them in an old pot of near boiling water.
     
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    aight im gonna go disassemble and soak these fuckers in mineral spirits while we're out to dinner. thanks again all of you
     
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    You could always turn up the thermostat on the hot water heater for the run. :noes:
     
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    You can also just pop them into a bucket of simple green :dunno:
     
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    Never bothered cleaning any of mine out. No malfunctions.
     
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    boil them.
     
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    I just wiped the outsides of them off, no problems with feeding or anything else.
     
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    yeah, when i ordered a bajillion from sportsmans guide, I just used mineral spirits to clean them. Worked pretty damn good.

    Plenty of people said to use hot water, or throw them in the dishwasher, but I've got a septic tank and really dont want that shit clogging up MY shit. Plus I didnt want my dishwasher to smell like cosmoline every time I ran it :o
     
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    I think I used carb cleaner to get most of it off after I took a paper towel to the big chunks. Some of them from Sportsman's Guide had A LOT of crap on it... oh, and one had a bullet hole :noes:. Also got a Fleur De Lis out of that deal :cool:
     
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    oven cleaner owns cosmoline
     
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    Get a little steamer
     
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    Poured near boiling water over mine and wiped them off. Worked pretty well :dunno:
     

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