Ok everyone, I HAD to add this so I can save some people lots of time and elbow grease.
To heck with the mineral spirits. They work, but slowly and not anywhere near as good as what I tried.
Get yourself a spray can or two of CITRUS based cleaner/degreaser. This stuff cuts through cosmoline like it's nothing, just melts it right off. I hardly had to do any wiping whatsoever. The stuff I used is made by Betco and is called Citrusolv spray organic solvent cleaner degreaser.
I just sprayed the parts down and the cosmoline literally fell off. It didn't hurt the metal/bluing and it didn't harm the wood or the finish on the wood at all.
My first mosin I used mineral spirits. My second one I used the citrus degreaser because I didn't have any mineral spirits. My first mosin took me 2-3 hours to clean. My second mosin took me 45 minutes to clean. You don't even have to soak the parts, just spray them down good and it falls right off.
Don't waste your time with mineral spirits, get it cleaner faster by using a citrus cleaner degreaser spray.
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