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Picked up a sokolov mount off of IMA which I am very pleased with (free shipping on something this heavy is pretty sweet). In an effort to take good care of it, I was wondering what the best method would be to clean up surface rust off of it. This is a steel mount with a little bit of wear and tear.

To help preserve the wooden wheels, I have the mount sitting on top of a towel with a normal .30 cal ammo can underneath it. This is just enough height to keep the mount mostly level with the wheels completely off the ground. I figured it would be good for the wood to not have to support all that weight all the time. Is this a good decision? Is there anything I can do to take better care of the wooden components on the wheels and help prevent any major corrosion on the steel parts? As always thank you for your wisdom!
 

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Frankly, its Russian. Just store it out in the snow and it will be fine. :)

Work on the rust... otherwise I don't think much needs to be done other that keeping it from getting wet/rusting.
 

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i have a pair of them in the crates. i guess i'll open the crates one day. maybe i'll find old russian rubels in them.

and this guy has it elevated to preserve the wood.
 
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