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Old 07-16-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1898

I am trying to find a little info on this rifle. I believe it is a 30-40 Krag and an early 1900's gun 1905 or older. It was given to me by an older friend who didn't know much about it either. From a little research these things can be worth a pretty penny or not depending on condition and if it has been modified. I don't know if I should lock it away because it might be worth something or if it has been cut up and modified and I should be out shooting it and not worry about value. To me it seems complete except it is missing it's butt plate. Anyway does anyone know anything about these?

I can take more pics if anyone needs them. Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-16-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
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Looks like you are missing some wood and some furniture- this will give you an idea of what parts- http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=11893

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Thanks for the link. It does look like I am missing some wood and the front piece of metal. The only reason I question it is because the way the front of my stock is cut it does not look like it was modified unless maybe it had a whole new stock put on at some point. I could definitely be wrong and probably am. My thought is if it is not worth all that much I may try and build a nice hunting rifle out of it.

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I bought a krag just like this a few years ago for $200. Once I found out how much ammo was I sold it. They first gun shop I took it to told me how it was worth almost nothing because of the cut stock and unoriginal sights. I took it to gander mt after that and they paid me $500 for it. They had no clue it wasn't original. Lol.

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I don't have anything invested in it except about 15 minutes of cleaning and a ten minute drive. I will probably never sell it since I don't sell any of my guns but I am interested in redoing it as a hunting rifle but I will be totally molesting it and don't want to ruin a good gun. So I guess I just want to be 100% sure before I go to town on it.

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If it hasnt been drilled and tapped for a scope please dont.... Ive wanted a Krag for some time but I cant seem to find one that hasnt been scoped. If you want a hunting rifle there are plenty of others that would be easier and cheaper than a krag..

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I have plenty of Hunting rifles and no it is not driller. It has been in an attic for at least 50 years untouched. So you saying i should just hang this thing on a wall like it is?

Is there any way of confirming this is not the original stock or if it has been cut?

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My 1898 the stock went almost to the front sight and it had the cleaning rod in it which almost went to the muzzle. I kept the original and put a Fajen custom stock on it. Sold it to a partner for his dad. Miss it now.

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I have plenty of Hunting rifles and no it is not driller. It has been in an attic for at least 50 years untouched. So you saying i should just hang this thing on a wall like it is?

Is there any way of confirming this is not the original stock or if it has been cut?
Feel free to shoot it, just dont alter it anymore.. You may be able to find another stock or just another forearm for it, might be able to splice a forearm from a cheap damaged stock or another cut down one... (Ive heard that parade Krags were cut down at the butt of the stock)

I think the Krag is one of the neatest old mil-surps!!
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Someone really put the time in to modify the stock correctly. The Schnabel forestock is awesome. They are just sexy!!!




Must have been an old Norwegian that did yours.

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