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Usually paint thinner or mineral spirits work to get the dried up grease stuff off.

I do remember one time having a devil of a time with a Russian Mosin. They used some kind of a fish oil grease like substance. Nothing would touch the stuff. I eventually found that acetone would clean it off. But even then it was tough work though.
 

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I think that the hardest gun to clean was a Egyptian Hakim. I think it was captured by Israel during their war at the time. The soldiers were discarding their guns in the desert as they fled. I would take it apart wash every part, oil it, put it back together and there would still be some grit in there. I must have cleaned it 20 or 30 times before I got enough grit out that it didn’t feel gritty. I would swear that the pores in the wood stock had sand particles in them.
 
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