U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1898

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Chris, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Chris

    Chris New Member Supporter

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    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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  2. c3shooter

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  3. Chris

    Chris New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  4. GLKmiester

    GLKmiester New Member

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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.
     
  5. Chris

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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.
     
  6. Trez

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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..
     
  7. Chris

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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?
     
  8. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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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.
     
  9. Trez

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    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!! :)
     
  10. jpattersonnh

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    Someone really put the time in to modify the stock correctly. The Schnabel forestock is awesome. They are just sexy!!!
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    Must have been an old Norwegian that did yours.
     
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  12. Chris

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    I just learned something, thanks. I really wish I could find out the history of this gun.