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Re: Ammo 1898 Krag

Posted by John on Sunday, 16 April 2017, at 10:39 a.m., in response to Re: Ammo 1898 Krag, posted by C. L. ("Ab") Abercrombie on Sunday, 16 April 2017, at 5:04 a.m.

Flush magazine conversions of Krags for sporting use was a popular fad circa 1920s-50s, when Krags were cheap and plentiful but M1903 rifles still hard to get. There were not a lot of modern surplus military arms for sale, although obsolete guns like trapdoors were all over the place. The commercial high power bolt action sporter market was somewhat limited with the Winchester Model 54 and later Model 70, the Remington Model 30 (derived from the M1917 Enfield) and the Savage Model 30 being the main options.

The Krag's bulky magazine was sort of ugly and people were generally a lot more adept at home gunsmithing back then, with books by Howe and others, and articles in the NRA's Arms and the Man and American Rifleman offering instructions for various projects. Krags could be slimmed to single shot or 2-3 round magazine capacity by various modifications and placed into stocks with the magazine concealed by the wood. This was probably as much for aesthetic appeal as any real functional benefits, but the Krag in modified or unmodified form remained popular as a deer rifle well into the last part of the 20th century.

These may seem to be atrocities to collectors now, but butchering cheap surplus rifles has always been popular, including chopping trapdoor rifles down for boys brigade or school use or into faux "carbines" for fun shooters. You could always gut a nice unmolested example if you wanted one... back then.


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