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    Sporterized Krag

    I love these rifles. Just so much history..and apparently in the early 1900's many people were buying these up and cutting them down and replacing the wood and using them for their hunting rifle. Elk, deer, bear, moose, whatever came along.

    Went in a gun store a few hours away from home and spotted one. Wow I wanted it but kinda pricey. The stock had been repaired, and had a "pacific" brand rear peep sight. But the bore looked brand new on the inside. Bright shiny. Left and said if I didnt see a better one then I may come back and make an offer.

    The next store had a better looking krag but the barrel looked ruined. I said I wasnt going to buy it...then I asked if their gunsmith had a bore light. We ran a few wet patches down the barrel and it also had a clean bore with no rust issues!! It was just very dirty. I ended up buying this rifle. It has a marbles rear sight...barrel is 23.5" long. I love the character in the stock checkering and it has the "look" of a classic hunting rifle. Who knows the stories it could tell..
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    https://youtu.be/P_-DUoQR6g0

    Here is a good video of the story on the previous world record elk...taken with a .30/40krag
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    the smoothest actions on the planet,,,,,,,,,,,
    I have never harvested an animal but I have KILLED QUITE A FEW !

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    That's one beauty! Congrats!
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    Around here. you dont see em much. enjoy!

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    Beautiful rifle. Well done!
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    What a beauty. I inherited my Grand Dad's and killed my first deer with it. That rifle was so smooth I dumped 2 rounds into him before got 10 yards from the first round.

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    Nice rifle. A lot of them just have some wood added and shaped to form a pistol grip, yours looks like a total restock.
    My Dads was chopped, drilled and tapped for a scope and painted black. The scope disappeared long ago.
    It is on my list to get it back up and running. I can't use the scope mounts on these as I am left handed and they are offset on the left side.
    Let us know how it shoots. Graf has ammo and brass for the 30-40.
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    Thanks for the responses everyone !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_In View Post
    Nice rifle. A lot of them just have some wood added and shaped to form a pistol grip, yours looks like a total restock.
    My Dads was chopped, drilled and tapped for a scope and painted black. The scope disappeared long ago.
    It is on my list to get it back up and running. I can't use the scope mounts on these as I am left handed and they are offset on the left side.
    Let us know how it shoots. Graf has ammo and brass for the 30-40.
    Hi Steve, I think what you are saying is correct with the first rifle I saw...I didn't realize it but it had a stock repair in front of the action and then had a piece of wood added and shaped for a pistol grip. You could tell that the wood was different from the original. I am also a southpaw..and this rifle in the photos has a cheek piece made onto the LH side of the stock.

    The movement of the bolt is something everyone needs to feel to appreciate...so smooth. I'm thinking 180gr-220gr around 2000fps to keep pressures down will plow through anything in Texas and probably elk at a reasonable distance. I'd like to try some round nose Sierra's or maybe the 180gr RN Hornady Interlock
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    The two krags i had nether one liked the 180gr. Bullets
    Mine only liked 200 to 220 gr bullets.
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