Found a Krag(56K bad!)


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Feanaro
September 18, 2007, 12:21 AM
My grandfather recently moved into a home and this fell into my hands. 1898 rifle with a 1902 sight, marked "JSA 1899." It's huge. A smidge over four feet long, it's about eye level when I sit down. Kinda hard to see the front sight from that far away. It's also got the smoothest action I've ever felt. Oddest of all, after a quick run-through with a bore-snake, the bore is shiny. Lil' frosty but I've seen 20 year old guns with barrels darker than this.

Any idea on the value of this? Certainly won't sell it but I'd like an ide'.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/KragRifle.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/KragRifleside.jpg
This one's a little long. (http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/KragRifleDetail2.jpg)
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/KragRifleDetail1.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/KragRifleDetail3.jpg

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Harry Paget Flashman
September 18, 2007, 01:08 AM
I bought one like that a few years ago for $400. It had been shortened professionally to carbine length before I got it. Krags are classy rifles.

2RCO
September 18, 2007, 01:15 AM
Krags have notoriously weak receivers be careful with her use lighter loads. They are pretty desirable guns on the market though!

Yours has nice cartouches and looks pretty original I think you are looking at about a $1k gun.

Please to all that' s holy don't cut it down!! I wouldn't give a $100 for one thats been cut.

DMK
September 18, 2007, 02:13 PM
Very lucky inheritance! I'm jealous.

It's also got the smoothest action I've ever felt.Krags are famous for their smooth actions.

Krags have notoriously weak receivers be careful with her use lighter loads. I wouldn't say they are weak. They were just made for older black powder ammo. They also only have one locking lug. Back in their day, they did just fine. Ammo tech has just long passed them by, so modern powders can be too much for them.

Dave Markowitz
September 18, 2007, 02:43 PM
They were just made for older black powder ammo.

No. The .30-40 Krag was a smokeless powder cartridge from its inception. It was the first US military round to use smokeless powder, followed by the 6mm Lee Navy round used by the USN and USMC.

MRIman
September 18, 2007, 05:27 PM
PM a board member named "carbineer",and send him a link to your post.
He could give you a very close @ of value.

MRI

DMK
September 18, 2007, 05:32 PM
Quote:
They were just made for older black powder ammo.

No. The .30-40 Krag was a smokeless powder cartridge from its inception. It was the first US military round to use smokeless powder, followed by the 6mm Lee Navy round used by the USN and USMC.My bad. Still, it was a low pressure round.

Feanaro
September 18, 2007, 10:25 PM
Thanks for all the advice friends. I probably won't be shooting this much, so I shouldn't have to worry about shooting it apart.

Yours has nice cartouches

Speaking of that...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/KragRifleDetail4.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y298/Alamar/Guns/KragRifleDetail5.jpg

I know what the first one means but what about the cartouches in the second picture? They are just behind the trigger guard. Any other significant marks to discover.

DiN_BLiX
September 18, 2007, 10:40 PM
NIce :)

TheGunslinger
September 19, 2007, 12:34 AM
I have a Model 1889 made in 1902, but Bubba's grandpa got ahold of it and cut the stock. I shoot the hell out of it, its just as accurate as my k31 with a smoother action. Some day I will find a replacement stock. It is one of my favorite bolt actions. Take good care of it, but shoot it! It will handle modern ammo if it is in sound shape.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/Gunny71/P6170033.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/Gunny71/P6170034.jpg

As far as value goes, I do not really know, but they do bring more up north than they do in the south. Not sure why, but they do.

db_tanker
September 19, 2007, 10:04 AM
that is one rifle I would love to add to my collection. :)


You guys are real lucky to have one. I had the pleasure to shoot one and was amazed at the accuracy with the irons at 100 yards. It is much like the accuracy with my K-31...you really have to try to MISS with the damn rifles...they point like a finger and shoot wonderfully.


D

MrAcheson
September 19, 2007, 11:00 AM
Nice! Now all you need is someone to civilize with it.

kellylicon
October 9, 2007, 12:45 AM
nice krag! i have a few but they have all been sportered some time around the 1950's.

tkendrick
October 9, 2007, 01:08 AM
My Krag is the only iron sighted rifle I have ever shot a minute of angle group with.

Have a gun smith check the locking lug before you soot it, just in case. The operating pressure of a Krag is 40,000 psi, IIRC.

While that may not be up to modern standards, don't let the nay-sayers scare you. I have taken elk and moose, not to mention smaller game by the bucket loads with a Krag.

The only time I ever felt under-gunned was when moose hunting on the Clear Creek range at Ft. Wainwright(Fairbanks) in Alaska. Was sneaking down a game trail in heavy brush toward a tree stand when I came around a corner and found myself face to face with Brer Griz. Fortunately, he decided I wasn't worth his trouble.

ReadyontheRight
October 9, 2007, 01:21 AM
Nice rifle! Krags are only going up in price. I would also guess value around $1K.

I was happy to pick up a bubba'd version at a gun show a few months ago. Krags are getting hard to find.

Enjoy! You should look for a vintage military rifle competition to shoot that thing. I bet you will do well.

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