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Old 07-17-2016, 10:22 AM
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Default Yard Sale Krag

Stopped by a yard sale a few blocks from my house this morning. In among the usual yard sale stuff I spotted this Krag Carbine.

Well, it is actually a cut down 1898 rifle, but it does have a genuine 1896 Krag carbine stock and front band. It has also been reblued and has the wrong (for a carbine) 1902 rifle rear sight. The bore is absolutely pristine though, so after thinking about it and some negotiation, I brought it home.

I don't know exactly what I'm going to do with it as I am thinking I may part it out and make a few bucks, but damn, it has a nice bore and the action is silky smooth as are all US Krags, so it would make a dandy shooter.


For $250, I couldn't resist....




Just barely discernible is the cartouche with a 1898 date.
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So this is the yard sale loophole?
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One more reason to move out of California!Looking at Gardnerville,NV
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Wow! Nice!
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You need to do with it, what it was (re)made to do - shoot a deer with it.
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People have used 1903 barrels as a replacement.

They cut the saddle ring off, pity.
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Great score !
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Damn, good luck finding 30-40 Ammo though.
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So this is the yard sale loophole?
OP lives in Nevada. No loop hole needed.
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Nice find nonetheless.

If you do not want it the way it is. Heck sell it to someone who would enjoy it as is. If no takers at a fair profit complete. Then part it..
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So if this 1898 Krag were in California, would it qualify as Antique status, and thus no FFL needed?

Nice find, by the way.
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One more reason to move out of California!Looking at Gardnerville,NV
Look quick, some call it Eastern Calif!
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Damn, good luck finding 30-40 Ammo though.
Some advice from the reloaders on the CMP Forums.

http://forums.thecmp.org/archive/ind.../t-189881.html
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You did quite well, especially for $250. I would keep it and shoot it.
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Damn, good luck finding 30-40 Ammo though.


I've seen it on the shelf at Fowler's gun room. You can also load it from either 30-40 or .303 brass. It's also available online from time to time.
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I am not all that worried about finding/making ammo for it. I have another 1898 Krag and over the years I have amassed a small quantity of brass and loaded rounds.

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That's a score HP...I sold one almost exactly as yours a few years back for $400....and yes, I told the buyer what it was (a cutdown). Krags have a sweeeeet action.
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I think she's lovely just as she is. My vote is keep her as a fun shooter.

Congratulations, Highpower! I'd buy that for a dollar (plus 249 more dollars)!
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Nevada = better yard sales. I never find Krags at my neighborhood yard sales, just old clothes and junk!
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Dang, I live in the Carson Valley and I never find a Krag in any of the yard sales I go to... I'm jealous!!

Seriously, nice find. I second the motion to leave it just as is and use it for the purpose that it was modified for - take one of those big deer I keep seeing in the National Forest.
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Neat rifle!! I've only found one good rifle at a yard sale...

Is the bar in the stock original? I'm pretty ignorant about Krag's
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Thumbs up KRAG carbine used during Spanish American War

if it had a upper handguard it would look similar to the Krag carbine used during the Spanish American War.



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I am not all that worried about finding/making ammo for it. I have another 1898 Krag and over the years I have amassed a small quantity of brass and loaded rounds.

Hey is that front bbl band on upside down?
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Hey is that front bbl band on upside down?
On the carbine? If that's what you are referring to, no, it's on correctly. They have a raised portion to protect the sights when sliding it into a scabbard.
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Neat rifle!! I've only found one good rifle at a yard sale...

Is the bar in the stock original? I'm pretty ignorant about Krag's
Yes, that is one of the distinguishing features of the pre Model 1898 carbine stocks. The plate has a bar on which a ring slides. This the attachment point for the calvery sling. On this one they thoughtfully cut the bar off and ground it smooth. I can get a replacement upper hand guard and sling plate with bar, but the best price I have found so far is almost two hundred for the pair.
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