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02-14-2012, 11:26 PM

Hello. I have just bought a Krag model 1898 rifle. Are there any fans of that rifle out there?

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy ammo for it (Krag .30-40)?

02-14-2012, 11:32 PM
HEY I got one too. Model 98 but it was made in 1900.

They are smooth shooters and I love mine.

If you want ammo, then a gun show is your best bet. Most gun stores might carry ammo, but the price will be high.:(

02-14-2012, 11:35 PM
How can you tell what year its made in? Mine just says "Springfield, model 1898" and then lists a serial number. Is there a special place where they posted the date? Or can you tell from the serial number?

02-15-2012, 8:25 AM
It can be dated by serial number -- post the number --

02-15-2012, 8:32 AM
I have one.

It belonged to my grandfather, then my dad, and now it's mine. Unfortunately, my uncle had custody of it for a number of years and had the stock chopped, or "sporterized" as such barbaric practices where once called.

I love shooting it, but ammo is expensive and not easy to find. But I am definitely a fan of the Krag.

02-15-2012, 9:03 AM
Reloding is your best option for .30-40, but it is available commercially.

02-15-2012, 9:53 AM
I have 2 of them. One all original and one someone sporterized. I just handload for them.

02-15-2012, 11:42 AM
Handloading for the Krag is becoming a fact of life.
In fact, I understand that brass is now only produced on a yearly lot basis.
Probably a good idea to pick all the odd lots you can.
The krag is an easy weapon to reload for, not too fussy on what it digests.
most of mine are happy enough with 311291gc 170gr and about 30+gr of ball C.
Also 311316gc is good for just peggin' away at anything close by.
my tuppence

02-15-2012, 1:10 PM
Here is my 1896 in all its beauty in original unmolested configuration. I buy as many 30-40 as I can get at reasonable price then reload the brass. Got to love the look of that ancient wood with that reddish patina.

02-15-2012, 1:27 PM

Hello. I have just bought a Krag model 1898 rifle. Are there any fans of that rifle out there?

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy ammo for it (Krag .30-40)?

Pics or you don't own one. I have one on my wish list.

02-15-2012, 2:43 PM
Those have one smooth bolt!

And oh my, I just realized how similar the 1903 cocking piece looks!

02-15-2012, 6:00 PM
A less common cocking piece is the cylindrical stlye with a knurled end.

02-15-2012, 6:16 PM
Would love to get one of those myself.

try here:




Peter in CA
02-15-2012, 6:26 PM
I have two. Here is one of them.

Peter in CA

Jeff L
02-18-2012, 9:18 AM
Ask the guys here (http://www.jouster.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?12-Krag-Rifle). They won't steer you wrong.

02-18-2012, 10:05 AM
I adore my Krag. Someone chopped the forend, but at least they didn't saw a foot off the barrel.

I'd love to find a 1920s or 30s Krag actioned custom in something like .219 Zipper