Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

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todd444
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Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by todd444 » Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:55 pm

i should've kept my mouth shut. but noooooo i says. i have to buy it just because..........not that i needed another piece of junk that needs fixing. i still have to do my 93 mauser barrel!!!!! not to mention the 93 and 95 Mauser's and the krag actions???
don't i already have enuff?

my guess is no.


my......ah, "friend" HAD a 1898 spr armory in 30-40 krag (notice the quotation marks and HAD) that he wants to sell. he got it from his grandfather who died quite a few years ago. my "friend" hunts when he can, but work takes him all over the country. anyway, he told me to expect a beat up rifle and that would need loving care. alot of loving care. so what do i say? BRING IT TO ME!!!!!!!!!! well....he did and he walked away $125 richer.

the stock work needs refinished, the surface rust on the rifle needs a whole lota vinegar or evaporust. trigger guard, lower band, swing swivel and the butt plate needs a bath also. the interior barrel looks like it needs a cleaning too. the rifle came with no sights. i haven't taken it apart, other than the bolt isn't cracked and the cartridges feeds nicely. and the trigger is a 2 stage man's dream. you take up the "slop" of the trigger and then its 4 or 5 lbs till you hear the firing pin is released. ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the insides are "clean", meaning rust free. the bolt is as smooth as it ever was.

should i have bought? of course not!!!! anybody else would throw it in the scrap pile. but not me!!!! i'll give her love and maybe someday, she'll give it back.
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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by Ned Butts » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:00 am

Somebody had to do it, might as well been you ;)

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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by Knute1 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:55 am

Enjoy bringing it back to life. Looks like a worthwhile project to me. I'm sure it will clean up better then what you are thinking right now.

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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by butlersrangers » Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:43 am

It doesn't take much of a Krag to be worth $125.

When carefully cleaned to look its best and missing parts are replaced, this Krag will be a point of pride.

Here is a recipe I have found helpful to remove surface rust and leave patina.
I have used a copper penny, bronze brush and popsicle sticks in place of a piece of antler,
to lift and remove rust scale and break-up hardened deposits.

A bit of rotten-stone in the linseed/mineral oil mix helps turn light rust into a pleasing finish.
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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by FredC » Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:12 pm

BR, You did not need to tell him that, I was going to offer Todd444 $126.00 and we might have both been happy.

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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by butlersrangers » Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:28 pm

Sorry, Big Spender!

Maybe, you can offer Todd $130 and to pay for shipping?

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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by todd444 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:08 pm

hey, $131 makes it better!!!!!! :D :D :D


butlersrangers, thanks!!!!!!! i'll keep that one in mind.

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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by butlersrangers » Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:32 am

Here is a $200 Krag that I picked up last month at a local gun shop.

The bore is not pristine, but, way better than sewer-pipe! It is a very promising shooter.

The exterior was rusty like Todd's 'new' Krag, but, it cleaned up decent.

It came with a nice hand-guard and original sights. I plan to splice a new forearm on the cut-down stock.

The trigger is real decent after a good cleaning and light application of bicycle grease to working surfaces.
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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by todd444 » Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:50 pm

that is a fine looking krag!!!!!!!

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Re: Reply uh....um...ah...bought 'nother one

Post by butlersrangers » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:52 pm

'Todd' - I think your Krag will cleanup just as well.

Mine looked pretty 'ratty' and the guys at the gun-shop were surprised that I bought it.

Reproduction fore-stock arrived today from 'Numrich Gun Parts'.

At $46, shipped, its not too bad. It took about 45 minutes of careful File Work to fit 'nose-cap'.
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