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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:55:52 AM EST
My father picked up his first Mosin the other day. Included with the gun he got a bayonet, tool kit, sling, a few bullet pouches, and this silver looking canteen thing.

What is this?



My guess is its a container meant to hold cleaning oil or something?

Thanks
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:02:45 AM EST
Mine seem to be containers for spare cosmoline.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:05:22 AM EST
One side held an alkaline solvent for neutralizing corrosive primer residue; the other side held oil.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 10:26:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By texashomeserver:
One side held an alkaline solvent for neutralizing corrosive primer residue; the other side held oil.


Ahh ok. I knew it had to hold some liquid that was important for cleaning or maintenance.

Thanks
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:04:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By texashomeserver:
One side held an alkaline solvent for neutralizing corrosive primer residue; the other side held oil.


Bingo. All of mine are still bagged up full of grease in my shed
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 12:10:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By texashomeserver:
Mine seem to be containers for spare cosmoline.


Ain't that the truth. I had one that was completely full. Like right up to the top full. I left it that way. Too much work to clean it out..........especially since they're useless for anything besides a display piece.

Link Posted: 11/23/2012 1:06:04 PM EST
Oil / Cleaner bottle is best source of finest Soviet vintage cosmoline for keep preservation of glorious rifle of Great Patriotic War! Is not for throw away!

Once you've melted all the cosmoline out and carefully stored it in your Soviet Cosmoline tin, the bottle can be properly filled and put with all the other accoutrements and spam cans of stripper-clipped ammo in your crate of Mosin-Nagants. The left side with the "W" looking letter is for the alkaline bore cleaner (Ballistol would do nicely), and the "H" side is for gun oil. Remember it as "W for water-based".
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