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Ramrod
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Krag Identification
May 11th, 2019 at 3:28pm
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I recently purchased a 1898 Krag. I have been trying to place it's origin, but I can't find another one that looks like this one. The serial number is 286080 so it tells me it was made sometime in 1900. It has a 1902 marking engraved on the stock. Please see the attached pictures. Can anyone help with this?
  
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Re: Krag Identification
Reply #1 - May 11th, 2019 at 4:29pm
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Barrel length?  Appears to be a regular 98 with some modification to the forestock.  However there were some 26" barreled models, which Dick Hosmer knows more about than I.
  
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Re: Krag Identification
Reply #2 - May 11th, 2019 at 6:00pm
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'Ramrod' - It appears you have a model 1898 U.S. Krag rifle, with a 30 inch barrel. The forearm of the stock has been shortened and a model 1873 'trapdoor' Springfield barrel-band (minus its two swivels) has been jammed on.

The top of your 1901 rear-sight base has been filed down.

These changes were likely done by a civilian owner, to used it for Hunting.

Your rifle, #286080, was likely made around September to October, 1900.

Your stock is probably not the original stock on your rifle. Parts got switched during Arsenal rebuilding of Krags.
  
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Re: Krag Identification
Reply #3 - May 11th, 2019 at 8:09pm
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Thanks for the explanation. No wonder I couldn't figure out what I have. I am looking forward to shooting it, if the rains would just stop.
  
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