Mine is probably the least 'collectable' of the Mosins,
Considering how many have been dumped on the market, I don't consider any Mosin "collectable". That includes the "sniper" models.
It was a bitch getting all the cosmoline off of it,
Trick that I was told that worked well for me:
1. Wait till summer.
2. Wrap rifle in a roll of paper towels (this is to soak up the run off)
3. Place rifle in a black plastic trash bag. You will have to use two since the rifle is so long.
4. Place wrapped rifle on the dashboard of your truck in full view of the sun.
5. Wait till the afternoon.
Most of the cosmoline will have run off the rifle and soaked into the paper towels. Whatever is left will be liquified and can be quickly wiped away. Caution: rifle temp will come close to that of the surface of the sun.
I wouldn't recommend this for a high priced gun, but I guarantee a $99 rifle from Mother Russia has seen worse.
This post was edited on 1/17 at 11:23 am