• Model 1898 Krag Rifle (Mfg by Springfield in 1899)

    Model 1898 Krag (Caliber 30-40) Rifle
    (Mfg by Springfield in 1899)
    Regimental Marking "5th 24 D"


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    Caliber: ....................... ".30 U.S." or ".30 Government"
    ................................. more common designation ".30-40" (denoting .30 caliber backed with 40 grains of smokeless powder)
    Rifling & Twist: ............. 4 Groove, Enfield, Right Hand Twist, 1 turn in 10"
    Barrel Length: .............. 30 in. (762mm)
    Overall Length: ............ 48.9 in. (1242mm)
    Weight: ....................... 9.12 lbs. (4.71kg)
    Magazine Capacity: ...... 5 rounds, loaded with chargers
    Magazine Type ............. Side loading box
    Magazine Capacity: ...... 5 rounds, loaded with chargers
    Total Qty Mfg ............... 330,656 (Estimated from William Brophy calculations)
    1899-1900 Qty Mfg ...... 23,660 (using 1898 sight - estimated from William Brophy calculations)


    Source: ....................... The Krag Rifle by Lt. Col. William S. Brophy - ISBN: 0-88227-025-7

    Canadian Market Value Estimate: $


    Model 1898 Krag Rifle

    (94 picture virtual tour)

    Observations: (by "Badger")

    The Krag-Jørgensen is a repeating bolt action rifle designed by the Norwegians Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jørgensen in the late 19th century. It was adopted as a standard arm by Denmark, the United States and Norway. A distinctive feature of the Krag-Jørgensen action was its magazine. While many other rifles of its era used an integral box magazine, the magazine of the Krag-Jørgensen was integral with the receiver (the part of the rifle that houses the operating parts), featuring an opening on the right hand side with a hinged cover. The cartridges were inserted through the side opening, and were pushed up, around, and into the action by a spring follower.


    Collector's Comments and Feedback:

    1. Why you have to be careful collecting Krags!! Here are some examples of some stock cartouche stamps being sold on eBay.
    Make sure you check the provenance of any Krag rifle or carbine you're thinking about buying and inspect all wood markings closely.
    (Feedback by "Badger")



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    2. Links to two excellent Krag Rifle collector web sites (Feedback by "Badger")

    Krag Collectors Association (click here)

    Popular Krag Messaging Forum (click here)


    3. Try this after a few beer ....
    One Handed Krag Bolt Removal !!! (Picture courtesy of Parashooter)
    (Feedback by "Badger")





    4. Although this particular video below is not about the rifle, it's still an interesting look at the Krag being fired. Here's an 1896 Krag-Jorgensen Calvary Carbine (Guns and Ammo Review) ...... (Feedback by "Badger")

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Model 1898 Krag Rifle (Mfg by Springfield in 1899) started by Badger View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Vividia's Avatar
      Thanks for the write up and slide show. I bought a Krag this past weekend. Bolt is like silk, bore is still in decent shape. Cant wait to shoot it once it's cleaned. Mine was made in 1900, so is very close to identical to the one in the slide show.
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