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Value of M1899 Carbine?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by stonecutter2, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. stonecutter2

    stonecutter2 Well-Known Member

    Hi, my friend has an M1899 carbine that he's not very attached to. He'd like to have something he could fire and not worry about. He was given this Model 1899 Carbine as a graduation gift from someone, whose grandfather had brought it back from the Army. Apparently the Army let them take their rifles home with them, since they were replacing them with the 1903 model.

    My friend would like to hear your opinion of it, any info about it, as well as any guesstimates of what he might be able to sell it for. It's in great shape, seems to be original (not sporterized or modified in any way that we're aware of, except for a drop of white paint in a couple of places that the grandfather did in the Army so he could identify his rifle on the rack easily). The wood is in really good shape, as well as the bluing. There is some pitting in the barrel.

    My friend's idea is that if he's going to have something taking up space, he'd like to have some things that he could shoot on a regular basis and not be concerned about affecting their value. As he's not emotionally attached to this rifle in anyway, he's considering selling it.

    Here are some pics - any help is much appreciated! Thanks for your time.

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2009
  2. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Well-Known Member

    If it was mine, I would still shoot it with mild 30-40 Krag loads... When I was not fondling it like ,,,......, Oh yeahhh...

    Well you get the idea.
    But I have a thing for Krags....

    Go to the Krag rifle collectors forum.

    If I ever saw it for sale, I would be right in line...cash in hand
  3. stonecutter2

    stonecutter2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the reply! I'll register there and see what they have to say :)
  4. navy00

    navy00 New Member

    I recently purchase a sporterized m1899 30-40 krag and have not had any problem with putting almost two boxes of winchester factory ammo through it. I to would be standing in line for the on pictured.
  5. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Here's a tip. If you don't have access to maganflux, soak the stripped bolt in penetrating oil, dry it and put it in the oven at 200 degrees. If the locking lug is cracked, you'll see penetrating oil seeping out the crack. If it passes that test, it's safe to shoot.

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