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Old 12-05-2013, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default Recently bought a Krag-Jorgensen model 1898.

If you have heard these Springfield made rifles are the smoothest bolt action rifle ever made, believe it. This one is in excellent condition. I also own a K98k Mauser, M1917 Eddystone made Endfield, and a Remington made 03-A3. The Krag is by far the smoothest. It shows wear on the receiver, from Spanish American war I hope. If you are not familiar with these rifles, they load through a unique loading gate on the side. I love old military arms and this is my favorite - except for my M-1 Garand. Had a friend dig around in his storage shed and pulled out a ammo can with 250 rounds of 30-06 and gave them to me. Made in 1956. I found 53 rounds were tracer! They were pretty tarnished but all have fired so far. I would love to find some military FMJ ammo for the Krag though. Anyone have 30-40 Krag ammo in FMJ?

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Old 12-05-2013, 02:32 AM   #2
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So you got a KJ with the lunchbox on the side, huh? Those are REALLY neat rifles- and frequently overlooked. I did have a couple of rounds of guard ammo for a 30-40. Those were multi-part bullets intended for guard duty- small bits weigh less, do not travel as far (in theory)

You DO realize that original military FMJ ammo would have been mercuric primed, and well over 100 yrs old by now? All of the new ammo I see is PSP- if you want FMJs, I think you are going to have to roll your own!

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Like to help you out Ivan, but I need the ammo for my Krag.
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The KJs were sold by the NRA for a few bucks. Many out here in the West were converted to the .25 Krag. I have one that was carried by a big game guide years ago.

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My experience with bolt actions is pretty limited, but I did pick up a Krag in a shop a while back. You're right. The actions on those are as smooth as butter.

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You are correct c3 shooter! But when demonstrating the KJ, the soft lead tips sometimes hang up on a receiver joint. A FMJ would slide right over it. They would not be fired. Just used for demo purposes.

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Don't really understand why our troops with their Krags felt they were outgunned by the Spanish and their 7MM Mauser rifles. The ballistics do favor the Mauser somewhat. The Krag holds five rounds vs seven in the Mauser. The Mauser uses a clip to replenish the magazine. But dropping five rounds in the Krag is quick. But none of these reasons are convincing to me. The Mauser was one of the rifles that competed in the evaluation by the US ARMY that the Krag eventually won. We won the Spanish American War, but our guys came back feeling they needed something like the Mauser. This led to the development of the Springfield '03. What was it about the Mauser that made them feel this way? Any ideas?

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I have been lucky enough to inherit 2 Krags. An 1892 and an 1890 that my uncle thought was made overseas...

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i dunno shot a krag and a ross. The ross felt like a really smooth action to me as well.

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My brother has the family hand me down Krag. It has a factory short barrel (Calvary model I guess) and a serial number less than 150. I wish we could trace its lineage as it could have been used by the Rough Riders.

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