View Full Version : Going down to the Lemoore range to fire my Krag rifle for the first time tomorrow.

Army GI
01-29-2010, 6:33 PM
Going down to the Lemoore range to fire my Krag rifle for the first time tomorrow. As you can see in the picture, this particular rifle was made in 1898. So it is the oldest firearm in my collection. This is a real part of history: It was the first US military rifle that utilized smokeless powder cartridges.
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Here is a picture of my M1898 Krag-Jorgensen rifle. As you can see it's missing the front sight blade and the rear sight, so shooting it tomorrow should be interesting. The gunsmith said that it was in good condition and sound to shoot. We'll see about that tomorrow if I don't come back home with a face.
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Here is my modest reloading setup, sorry for the blurriness I forgot to set the camera to close up.
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Here are the first five complete .30 Army cartridges (aka 30-40 Krag) I loaded on my press.
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Here is another close up of the cartridges. They actually look pretty cool, don't they? Kind of like a 30-06. This time I set the camera to close range mode.
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For this load I used .308" 175gr Sierra Match King bullets. I generally don't use these heavier bullets in my rifles but the original load for 30-40 called for a 220gr round nose FMJ bullet (which suck). So I decided to go with a good quality spitzer-nosed bullet.
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And of course, my favorite "Jack of all Trades" rifle powder, IMR 4895.
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08-19-2010, 2:24 PM
Reviving a dead post, do you still have a face?

Army GI
10-27-2010, 2:19 PM
Hey thanks for bringing this back to life! I haven't fired it yet, I decided it was dumb to try and shoot it without any sights. So I just ordered some repro sights from S&S Firearms and it should be here by the end of the week.

10-27-2010, 2:54 PM
Very cool. I have a 30-40 Krag also. Its extremely sporterized though lol. Its been in my dads side of the family for years. I think mine was made in 1896. Very awesome guns.

I should also reload for mine, what velocities are you expecting with those loads?