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Old 07-13-2021, 02:38 PM
USMA-1982 USMA-1982 is offline
 
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Smile Another Krag rescue

Model 1896 rifle manufactured in 1897. I originally picked this one up for parts. It came in a cut down thin wrist 1892 stock with a spliced butt section. Nice workmanship on the repair and the filler for the one piece cleaning rod, but not pretty. Also came with a chopped 2 groove 03A3 barrel with an 03 front sight. A real Bannerman looking gun. Most attractive though, was it came with a 98/02 handguard in mint condition, and those are going on eBay for half the purchase price of a complete gun! Since I needed receiver parts, bolt, stock hardware and the included 1902 rear sight for another project I was working on, this one seemed like an excellent deal as a parts gun.

Finished my other project, and all is good except just one problem: stripped receivers really, really, really want to turn themselves back into complete guns Fortunately, couple of key pieces popped up on eBay - a 30" barrel, and an 1896 handguard. With those in hand I started picking up the other receiver parts, stock metal, etc., and an 1896 rifle rear sight (with screws). Finally, three weeks ago, an unmolested (and correct for this SN) 1897 rifle stock showed up on eBay. Luckily I was the only bidder, so while not cheap at least the price didn't get run up at the last second. Stock turned out to be in really nice condition when it showed up and only took a little refinishing work to get the color of the stock and handguard to a pretty close match. Only real issue was popping out the retaining pin for the front sight blade - as you Krag guys know, the upper band won't fit over the front sight post with the blade installed. Couldn't budge it with a punch so ended up having to drill it, and will need a slightly larger diameter pin to replace it. All in all, turned out pretty well and another cut down Krag is restored to its former glory.

Special thanks to SpearheadOrd who did the barrel swap (along with a couple others).

Here she is:








And, something you don't see much anymore - stacked arms with my two Model 1898s and the 1896.


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Old 07-13-2021, 04:49 PM
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Looking good, glad I could help.

Airborne,
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Old 07-19-2021, 02:19 PM
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing those beauties!
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Old 07-19-2021, 06:34 PM
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Hi USMA-1982,

Great job fellows! They are nice rifles & deserve to be saved!

Now to take then out & enjoy them,
broom
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Old 07-24-2021, 05:25 PM
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Test fired today with 20 rounds of Buffalo Arms 220g round nose, 2000ish fps. First 3 rounds almost dead on at 25 yards. Hit a 9" rubber gong consistently at 100 yards bench rested and standing off hand. I like the notch on the 1896 rear sight!




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Old 07-24-2021, 07:17 PM
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Wonderful rifle and pictures! Very glad to see that your rescue not only turned out pretty but that it nicely accurate! Hope mine turns out as well. Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 07-25-2021, 06:47 PM
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Where are you finding 30-40 ammo. Tough to find here in SWFL. Used to be able to find it at Bass and Cabelas.
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Old 07-25-2021, 08:50 PM
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Where are you finding 30-40 ammo. Tough to find here in SWFL. Used to be able to find it at Bass and Cabelas.
Picked up 120 rds from Buffalo Arms but looks like they're sold out again.
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Old 07-26-2021, 05:21 PM
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Where are you finding 30-40 ammo. Tough to find here in SWFL. Used to be able to find it at Bass and Cabelas.
Yes mostly hard to find, but a USMA replied, sometimes available online, but scour you local gun shops and shows also. I found quite a bit that way through the years, and saved brass to reload. Might be expensive though now, but maybe not.
Rem. and one other used to do a fall run of 30-40 for the hunters, but not last year, and unknown this year due to shortages of 'regular' calibers.
Best bet is to re-load as brass and bullets are available online if you have the other components.
I think the term is "google Fu", good luck!

USMA, nice job as always, I followed your work on KCA.
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Old 07-26-2021, 09:21 PM
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That's very nicely done. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, USMA-1982.
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