Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

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Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by Lead Snowstorm » Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:21 pm

Like the old Bud Light commercials - today we salute YOU, Mr. This 1896 Krag Is Chambered In .303 British And I've Got The Fired Cases To Prove It Guy.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/862634987

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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by h8pvmnt » Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:28 pm

And he fired 303 ammo in it. I suppose it could have been converted but seems unlikely.
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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by Whig » Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:36 pm

Wow! 120 pictures to show off his .303 shooting Krag rifle. That's sure some strange cleaning rod he found in the butt trap also.

That metal is so in the white it almost looks like it's nickel plated.

The thing is so valuable he's handling it with museum gloves.

Other than not having any finish left, a few small stock cracks and a touch of rust, this Krag doesn't seem to be in that bad of shape.

Nice vintage sling, too.

I'd buy it for $300.

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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by Baltimoreed » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:17 pm

Shame the stock has been sanded or refinished. I also was thinking drill rifle as nickled as it looked.

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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by psteinmayer » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:47 pm

Could it be possible that the chamber was modified to the .303 case dimensions (reamed to advance the shoulder), but the bore is still 30 caliber... but perhaps oversize.  It is possible to throw a .312 bullet down a .311 or .310 sized bore with little problems.  My guess would be that someone reamed the chamber to .303 dimensions because of the scarcity of 30-40 ammo and brass.

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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by Whig » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:37 am

Maybe he was just ignorant and shot .303 British out of a .30-40 Krag chamber?

Can't say what would happen. I've never tried it!

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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by butlersrangers » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:02 am

IIRC - 'Parashooter' has displayed, a number of times, that the Krag bolt can be closed on a chambered .303 British round, with a bit of 'springing' of the cartridge case.

It is probably good that there is a bit of 'freebore' and that many Krag barrels are .309" across the grooves.

I got tired of looking at the redundant photos.

120 photographs! The man is either incompetent or an aspiring 'hand-model', (or both)!

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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by Baltimoreed » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:19 am

What you see X 120 is what you get.

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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by Parashooter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:31 am

IIRC - 'Parashooter' has displayed, a number of times, that the Krag bolt can be closed on a chambered .303 British round, with a bit of 'springing' of the cartridge case. . .

Yup, doesn't take much to crank a Krag down on a .303 round. (By SAAMI specs, difference in length to start of neck between .303 case and .30/40 chamber is just .057" - and .303 shoulder is decidedly slimmer.) If you look at the aution photo of fired .303 cases it's pretty obvious that's the route taken.

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Attached photo below demonstrates chambering (NOT firing) various .303's in my '98 Krag.


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Re: Real Gunbroker Men of Genius

Post by mavt » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:14 pm

With 303 having SAAMI max of 49000psi and CIP being even higher doesn't seem the owner of that rifle was smart to shoot it in a Krag  and with an oversized  bullet even if it can be forced to chamber. 

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