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Old 10-12-2017, 11:22 PM   #36
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You can also use a hot air dryer to melt it off if you want to avoid the pain thinner or kerosene .
I tried that, The crap they coated mine with was laughing at the hair dryer. It was super thick on some areas. That is some disgusting stuff.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:37 AM   #37
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Yes no doubt Cosmoline is like a Cockroach hard to get rid of. However being around it for so many years the smell has grown on me like a fine Wine !!
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:30 PM   #38
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Admittedly, that Yugo that nvhunter posted looks a lot nicer than I was expecting, but still, after shipping and transfer, we're close to $350, which is about the going rate here in the Georgia used market (and they ain't flying off the shelves at that price,either).
I've recently run across a few very nice, all-matching Chi-coms for that, or less. And, I get to see them in person, so no grab-bag surprises or disappointments, as can happen with some of these beater SKS's from the on-line retailers.
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Old 10-14-2017, 01:11 AM   #39
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Admittedly, that Yugo that nvhunter posted looks a lot nicer than I was expecting, but still, after shipping and transfer, we're close to $350, which is about the going rate here in the Georgia used market (and they ain't flying off the shelves at that price,either).
I've recently run across a few very nice, all-matching Chi-coms for that, or less. And, I get to see them in person, so no grab-bag surprises or disappointments, as can happen with some of these beater SKS's from the on-line retailers.
Well I did get screwed on the free shipping. DSA didn't give me free shipping. They said that offer didn't apply to the SKS. Even tough they sent me an e-mail saying free shipping on my SKS order. So it cost me $325. I have an FFL so not transfer fee.
I get that you don't like the grab bag idea, but sometimes it's fun. If it was an expensive rifle or something I cared about. I want to make sure I get a good one. But with this gun I didn't care if I ended up with a wall hanger or a nice one. So it was worth it to me. If I wanted to make sure I got a nice one I would have gone with Atlantic. But I hate to say it. It's an SKS and even the nicest most pristine rare SKS is just a cheap mill surplus kinda ugly junk gun to me.
I paid way to much for it, but I wanted one and I didn't care what I got and it was fun wondering what the hell was going to show up. Could be crap could be cool. I had know idea what was going to show up.
Not to be arrogant but $300 bucks isn't a life changing amount of money to me. Plus I just liked the idea of getting an old war horse from a place that no longer exists and didn't really care what I ended up getting.

TLDR, version= The whole process was fun. If I wanted to make sure I got a nice one I would have gotten one from Atlantic
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:43 AM   #40
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Yes no doubt Cosmoline is like a Cockroach hard to get rid of. However being around it for so many years the smell has grown on me like a fine Wine !!
I too have a fondness for the smell of cosmoline. It's a relaxing scent.
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