Passed down Krag

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AndrewKrag
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Passed down Krag

Post by AndrewKrag » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:01 pm

This is my first dive into Krag rifles. The rifle I have was purchased by my grandfather, given to my father, who then gave it to me.

I'm looking to learn more about the different markings, overall authenticity, and value of this rifle. Many of the markings are discussed here but I'm having a difficult time comparing what's talked about on the forums here versus what I have in hand. It's a massively different learning experience compared to my M1 Carbine!

I haven't done a cleaning on this rifle yet. I want to read and watch some more videos to ensure I don't scrape or break anything.

Any input is appreciated!
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Re: Passed down Krag

Post by butlersrangers » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:22 pm

'AndrewKrag' - Welcome to the KCA Forum.

It is neat that you have inherited a Krag that has been in your family for generations. It has probably put some venison on the table in the past.

Your Krag is a U.S. model 1898. The stock is a rifle stock, that has been shortened. Many Krags were 'cut-down' for Hunting.
A picture of the whole barrel and front sight would help determine more. (An 'uncut' rifle barrel is 30 inches long).
A serial number will allow approximate dating and a check of records of documented Krags.

Your rear-sight is a Krag model 1901 sight; the leaf has been replaced with a 1903 Springfield leaf and slide, (with a range of 2,700 yards). Springfield did not make this switch. A Krag leaf is different in many respects and numbered to 20, for 2,000 yards.

The letter "U" on your barrel-band is an assembly aid; the letter goes on the right-side with its top pointing toward the muzzle.

The small "8" below your Loading-Gate is probably a sub-inspection mark.
The Circled "P" on your stock indicates the Krag was 'Proofed' and function tested. This mark is present on most Krag stocks.
The small '34' is a stocker's or sub-inspector's mark.
A Krag that has been altered for sporting use will usually be worth about $ 300. However, your Grandfather's Krag may be priceless to you?
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AndrewKrag
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Re: Passed down Krag

Post by AndrewKrag » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:21 am

Here's some more pictures.
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Re: Passed down Krag

Post by Knute1 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:39 am

AndrewKrag, your front sight appears to be a 1903 Springfield sight. What is the barrel length from the bolt face to muzzle? Any other markings on the barrel itself?

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Re: Passed down Krag

Post by butlersrangers » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:32 am

Andrew - Your Krag, #142542, was assembled around October to November, 1898, as a rifle.

There is no Springfield Research Service listing ('SRS Data') for your serial number, to show that it was found recorded in surviving official documents. (Most Krags are not listed).

Your Krag has had a 1903 front-sight fitted to its shortened & 'stepped-down' barrel.

You have a handy, nice looking, 'Family Krag', that should be used and enjoyed, pretty much as is.

BTW - Here is how your rear-sight appeared before the leaf was changed.
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