Krag Carbine M1898

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Some of you know that I have a soft spot for old surplus rifles. Well this time I think I took that to new hights. I have just purchased a U.S. Magazine Carbine Model of 1898 (Krag) from a local guy up here. Bubba has gotten to this thing pretty hard, but the action and bore haven't been tampered with as far as I can tell. I hate to see an antique milsurp looking like this, so does anybody know of a 'smith in the US who can do restorations on these old Krags?

(I'm sorry for the lack of pictures, but my personal computer is down, and I can't post pics on my work computer)
 

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Re: Krag Carbine M1896

What needs restoring? Are you sure it's a real carbine and not a cut down rifle? Certainly Doug Turnbull could restore it as he did this (see below) but how deep are your pockets?
This guy has/had(?) repro stocks
http://www.gun-parts.com/militarystocks/
Krags are a blast to shoot with cast bullets and moderate loads!

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Re: Krag Carbine M1896

Well the stock and rear sight needs to be completely replaced, and the finnish is down to bare metal across probably 75% of the gun. I've seen Mr. Turnbull's work. He does amazing things, but my pockets aren't quite that deep...

And I'm pretty sure it's an original carbine.
 

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Re: Krag Carbine M1896

Well before you spend money on it you should by Brophy's book on the Krag and be sure of what you have as a carbine is worth big bucks, a cut down rifle not so.
if the stock is an original but butchered it's easy to tell if it was a carbine stock or not.
 

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Re: Krag Carbine M1896

I'd be more than happy to buy it from you and give her the tender loving care she needs. It's one of 4 rifles I am looking for to finish out my U.S. collection.

Barring that call John Spangler in Utah. His web site is
www.OldGuns.net . He re-did a Smith Carbine for me and it was amazing. Tell him Doc from VA Beach sent you.


Cheers,

Doc
 

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Re: Krag Carbine M1896

I try not to sell guns once I get 'em, but thanks for the offer Doc. And thanks for the recomendation on Spangler. I'll look into it
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