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ColoradoJohn
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My Dad's Krag 1898
Mar 15th, 2019 at 1:51am
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My dad used this rifle to deer hunt in PA back about 1935.  Rifle has been in family ever since without any changes.  S/N is 109027.  Most of the Krags seem to have a much longer stock than his, which looks more like a carbine.  Perhaps it was modified way back when?  Comments would be appreciated.
  
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Re: My Dad's Krag 1898
Reply #1 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 3:13am
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The Krag Jorgensen U. S. military rifle originally had a 30" barrel, while the carbines had 22". When the Krags were being surplused to civilians the carbines fail into favor as sporting guns, but there were fewer of them. Many rifles were shortened to make them handy for hunting use as well. Most had there handguards removed and a lot of times different sights were incorporated better suited for hunting. Some received new stocks, but many had the original stocks modified. There were varying degrees of craftsmanship for the sporterized Krags.  All in all they made excellent hunting rifles at around a quarter of the cost of purpose made sporting rifles. It appears that you have a Krag military rear sight and a 1903 front sight on a cut down Krag rifle with an original modified stock

Many want to reverse the sporterizing of a Krag, but it could prove to be costly. Rejoice with the Krag in the configuration your Dad used it in for it likely served well as a hunting rifle for many years after its military service.

I see part of a cartouche in the bottom picture to the right. A close up picture of this would be of interest as well as any other markings.
  
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Re: My Dad's Krag 1898
Reply #2 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 7:09am
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Could we see a picture of the other side, to confirm that it really IS a Model 1898? The date stamps are sometimes hard to differentiate, one from the other, and that is, IIRC, VERY close to the change-point. Thanks.
  
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Re: My Dad's Krag 1898
Reply #3 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 3:43pm
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Thanks for both comments.  I am attaching additional photos.  Rifle is at our cabin in Colorado, so won't be able to take any additional ones until next out there.



  
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Re: My Dad's Krag 1898
Reply #4 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 3:59pm
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Hi Colorado John and welcome to the forum,

Your cool looking sporter krag appears to be an 1896 Krag that was produced in June of 1898.

FWIW: Your Krag doesn't appear on the list of 'Serial Numbers of Known U.S. Krags' in the the back of Mallory's book 'The Krag Rifle Story... However, it is in the company of known 1896 rifles.

Your Krag may have a cut-down rifle barrel and has had the original Krag front sight replaced with a 1903 front sight.

The rear sight seems to be an 1902 model.

The stock looks like an 1896 rifle stock that has been shortened and embellished with checkering.

By the looks of your Krag it could have been modified by one of the early military surplus companies in operation at the turn of the century.

Companies like W. Stokes Kirk, Bannerman and Sedgley.

Listed below is a link to a an example similar to yours:

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Hope this info helps answer some of your questions... Have fun shooting your prized heirloom.

BTW: Measure the barrel length, when you have a chance, and look at the muzzle crown to see if it's flat or rounded?
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Re: My Dad's Krag 1898
Reply #5 - Mar 20th, 2019 at 4:12am
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Dick Hosmer has a sharp eye! "Local Boy" is largely correct.

ColoradoJohn's Krag, #109027, is a model 1896.
It was actually built around June-July of 1898, at the end of model 1896 production.

When deeply stamped, "model 1896" is easily mistaken for model 1898.
  
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