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New member Help me Identify and restore this Krag
Feb 12th, 2019 at 4:37pm
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Hello Folks! I have had this Krag for a few years now and I just don't know too much about it.  I would like to return it to original condition or as close as I possibly can.  But seeing that I don't know as much about Krags as I should I figured I would pick y'alls brains.
So here is what I do know
-Receiver 1898 with a 127027 Serial number
-Cut off gate removed and replaced by Pacific peep sight.
-Barrel is 22" with aftermarket sight.  Rear sight holes are ~ 2 3/8" spaced.
-No readable stock markings. I can see traces of where they were but looks like they have been sanded down.
-Stock is a cut down rifle length.
Shoots great and shiny bore.

Thanks in advance for any help.  I would appreciate and help or insights helping me with my restoration project.


  
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Re: New member Help me Identify and restore this Krag
Reply #1 - Feb 12th, 2019 at 5:38pm
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(another) 'Oldman' - Welcome to the KCA forum.

You have a nice Krag, that was cut-down from a U.S. model 1898 infantry rifle to make a useful Hunting Rig. This was commonly done from the late 1920's to the 1940's.

Enjoy it as is. It is economically impractical to attempt a restoration.

You could easily put $700 into parts, (plus cost of labor), to have a $650 Krag, that nobody wants.

Save and use your money to buy a complete and historically correct Krag, if that is what you want.

Shoot and enjoy this one, in its current state, because it will be accurate and fun! It is hard to find Krags with fine bores.

BTW - Your Krag, #127027, was originally assembled at Springfield Armory, around September, 1898.
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Re: New member Help me Identify and restore this Krag
Reply #2 - Feb 12th, 2019 at 7:03pm
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Many thanks! These are very interesting articles to me. Are you able to post the additional pages that appear to be missing?
  
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Re: New member Help me Identify and restore this Krag
Reply #3 - Feb 12th, 2019 at 7:46pm
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'Parashooter' - Here are three more pages. 

I have switched them around to put things in correct order, but, I don't have the very end of the article.

(IIRC - One of the KCA 'regulars' originally posted this article and deserves credit, but, I can't remember, who? - Sorry).
  
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Re: New member Help me Identify and restore this Krag
Reply #4 - Feb 12th, 2019 at 8:17pm
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Old Man- as Butlersrangers says above, it will be expensive and difficult to restore your nice sporterized Krag to its original condition. It actually cannot ever fully be returned to original condition, just restored to close to where it originally was. There is no collectors value to such a "restored" Krag. Sporterized Krags are plentiful and usually are valued at $300-450, depending on overall condition including the condition of the bore.

There are many great sporterized Krags that are shot regularly and rather enjoyed as such. They can be extremely accurate and fun to shoot. Many sporterized Krags can shoot better than unaltered Krags, so, no fret.

And, if you want to venture into the wide world of collectible Krags, save up $800- $1,000 to get one that is still in original military configuration. They are out there at auctions, gun stores and online places like Gun Broker.

Word of advice we all have been given - buy a reference book or two on Krags and read up on great sites like this one to learn what is out there before buying. Many of us have learned the hard way by buying something that we didn't understand just to learn that it was a bad choice that we should have studied beforehand.

So, ask any questions here and you'll get lots of great answers.

Welcome to Krag-Land!
  
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Re: New member Help me Identify and restore this Krag
Reply #5 - Feb 12th, 2019 at 9:55pm
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butlersrangers wrote on Feb 12th, 2019 at 7:46pm:
'Parashooter' - Here are three more pages. 

I have switched them around to put things in correct order, but, I don't have the very end of the article.

Thank you again!

The final paragraph posted has the best instructions I've seen for how to study and alter the trigger pull. For those who don't want to alter their original parts, the attached image may be useful. Requires only simple hand tools and a paper clip -
  
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Reply #6 - Feb 12th, 2019 at 11:21pm
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Thanks for the replies guys! Looks like I got a little learning to do and a few more rifles to buy. (not that I needed another excuse)
  
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Re: New member Help me Identify and restore this Krag
Reply #7 - Feb 13th, 2019 at 2:50am
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Stick with us and we'll help you spend your money the right way!
  
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