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Re: 30-40 Krag

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Pete: That's cheap for a Krag--they're beginning to be a bit hard to find as the newest specimens are around a hundred years old and the rifle's uniqueness and historical value ensure a ready collector's market. Is this one sporterized or in original shape? If original, it's worth considerably more, in part because this was a very popular rifle to sporterize, due to them being cheap and easily available at the time, firing a cartridge that is excellent for deer hunting. A couple of other thoughts--while they're a wonderful gun, ammo is becoming scarce--while no means unobtainable, it's not always easy to find and not cheap when you do find it. They're also a good candidate for handloading, allowing you to play with bullet weights and types to get the best accuracy as even when factory ammo is available, it's almost always limited to 180-grain jacketed soft points. If you have a chance to buy any with the gun, do so. Another thought is that they're not easily scoped--I had to fabricate a mount for one of mine that has a scope on it because nothing was available. The brass ejects straight up, much like an old-model Winchester 94, and therefore any scope has to be either side-offset or forward mounted. This may not be an issue--you may have no plans to scope it-but bear this in mind if you do. Still, scoped or not, they're a very nice piece of functional history, instantly recognizable because of their side-mounted magazine, and usually quite accurate--they're a perennial favorite in military matches, loaded with light cast bullet handloads.

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 Re: 30-40 Krag in reply to TimV, 03-20-2013 05:56:38  
Tim, Yes it is original, going back this afternoon to check it out some more. If i buy it I would just be keeping it original, add it to my small but growing military collection. I doubt I would scope it, although I would probably hunt with it just to say I got a deer with it like I do most of my stuff. I have found a good source for brass, and will probably reload as there doen't seem to be much commercial stuff available with the heavier cast bullets it was designed for. I am not real concerned about velocity as a good portion of my deer hunting is done in woods and heavy brush anyway so a heavier slower bullet is fine. Hunting with it would only be a one time deal anyway just to say I did. I do most of my deer huntimg with my .54 Renegade Flintlock anyway, and if I'm in bigger open areas my Model 7 7mm08 is my go to. Mostly just be used for shooting and just to have! TY for the help i appreciate it! Pete

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