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Old 05-11-2021, 04:31 PM
USMA-1982 USMA-1982 is offline
 
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Default Krag Rescue (pic heavy)

Last July I acquired my first Krag, a cut down Model 1898 rifle, made in 1901 - most likely a Stokes-Kirk cut down sporter. It came in a very nice, possibly unissued 1899 carbine stock (no cartouche or "P" and no evidence of sanding). The barrel, however, was clearly a cut down rifle barrel, and the front sight was a band type sporter of a type I found advertised in the Stokes-Kirk catalogs. The rear sight was 1901 rifle, and there was no handguard. Here's a couple of "before" pictures.





After taking it to the range a few times and shooting it in sporter configuration, the Krag bug bit hard and I decided to restore it. I was very lucky and was able to find a beautiful, unmolested rifle stock with 1899 cartouche and P; an uncut 30" 1898 barrel; and, toughest of all, an uncracked handguard. The handguard is an 1898/1902, so I found a 1902 rear sight to go with it. Stock hardware is readily available on eBay and on-line sellers like Grandpa's so that wasn't a problem. Both the stock and handguard have some nice tiger striping. A friend and fellow forum member has a barrel vise and receiver wrench so we were able to do the barrel swap in his basement.

This turned out to be a really beautiful rifle. Not original, obviously, but a nice restoration if I do say so myself. Here are the after pics.













Cheers!

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Old 05-11-2021, 04:37 PM
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looks great. how does it shoot now?
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:54 PM
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I think that a good looking rifle! I have a Krag myself and got components to load 30 40 Krag so I could take it easy on my 100 yr plus old gun. It’s a sweetheart to shoot, the bolt is soo smooth.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:34 PM
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Very nice rescue, love the stock striping as well.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:40 PM
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Gorgeous rifle!!! Sounds like you had a pile of work doing not just wood but also the barrel, etc. You did a beautiful job. A couple of weeks ago I found and bought a Krag rifle dated 1899. It only needs a stock or else a forend reattached and a hand guard and a upper band and it will be restored. Haunting eBay, etc. Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:10 PM
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Your hard work and perseverance paid off sir. Beautiful Krag.
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:04 PM
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Nice job! It always pains me to see an old battle rifle "sporterized". Glad you were able to bring it back to life.
I have a really pretty Krag and I had a friend of mine load a hundred rounds with 150gr light loads but I haven't had a chance to take him to the range yet, I threw my back out. I am really looking forward to trying it out but i didn't want to use factory hunting rounds in a 122 year old rifle.
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:58 AM
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"I have a really pretty Krag..." That sir is a profound understatement! Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 05-13-2021, 02:36 AM
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Damn good job bringing her back! I totally understand, all to well, the will and desire to restore these old gems.
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Old 05-13-2021, 05:40 AM
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That's very well done. Thanks for sharing the story and details on the restoration.
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