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    The 1903 Springfield butt-plate looks a lot...

    The 1903 Springfield butt-plate looks a lot better than the rubber butt-plate that arrived on your Krag!

    FWIW - Some Mauser hand-guards, like the Model 1909 - Argentine Mauser, have steel...
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    The 1903 and 1903-A3 Springfield actions, both...

    The 1903 and 1903-A3 Springfield actions, both have a magazine cut-off.

    This was so they could function as a 'single-shot', with a cartridge loaded directly into the chamber and the magazine...
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    'Rockandroll': FWIW - model 1901 rifle...

    'Rockandroll':

    FWIW - model 1901 rifle rear-sights often show up on ebay, sometimes with original screws'. The model 1901 sight usually will sell for more than the 1896 sight.
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    Don't mess up your model 1901 hand-guard....

    Don't mess up your model 1901 hand-guard. Original Krag hand-guards have become more valuable than the sights. (The 1901 sight is infinitely better for shooting than the model 1896 sight).

    Krag...
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    I took a picture of the bolt-release lever on my...

    I took a picture of the bolt-release lever on my Loewe Model 1893 Spanish Mauser. (It was built in 1894).

    (The rifle underwent rebuilding, likely at Oviedo, but, still has matching original...
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    The bolt release markings, 'cross' and...

    The bolt release markings, 'cross' and 'star-cross', are Spanish 1893 markings.

    Possibly the Ludwig Loewe factory used small parts from the Spanish Contract to complete a Boer Contract?

    (Some...
  7. The Krag "oil-bottle" is a capped cylinder. It is...

    The Krag "oil-bottle" is a capped cylinder. It is about the diameter (of the body) of a .30-40 cartridge.
    Originally it was carried in a cartridge loop on the Mill's Belt.

    Later, clearance was...
  8. The markings on the bolt likely identify...

    The markings on the bolt likely identify production batches or lots.
    Forgings moved from Springfield Armory's Water shops to the Hill Shops in wooden crates and metal boxes. Parts got machined,...
  9. It is possible for a 'correct' Krag to have a...

    It is possible for a 'correct' Krag to have a stock that never had a 'cartouche' or circled-'P'.

    Armorers in the military and National Guard had access to replacement stocks that might be new and...
  10. I believe OP's sling is what Frank Mallory and...

    I believe OP's sling is what Frank Mallory and William Brophy called a model 1887 sling.

    It was used with both the 'trap-door' Springfield and U.S. Krag rifle.

    At 68 inches, it is a bit long;...
  11. What do I know? (I'm going by memory and...

    What do I know? (I'm going by memory and observation .... dangerous territory) :yikes:

    Value will be influenced by condition and actual length (model) of sling.

    (Some gun enthusiasts don't...
  12. 'tgoldie00' - Springfield Armory, due to...

    'tgoldie00' - Springfield Armory, due to increased rifle production for the demands of the Spanish War and Philippine Insurrection, was in short supply of cured black walnut stock blanks.
    In 1899,...
  13. 'tgoldie00' - Congratulations on your first Krag....

    'tgoldie00' - Congratulations on your first Krag. It appears your stock is one of the Italian walnut ones; the Italian stocks were of a lighter 'golden' tone (than American black walnut) and often...
  14. First, protect the lenses, a cleaning patch and...

    First, protect the lenses, a cleaning patch and swatch of tape could work.

    A pad of #0000 steel wool, soaked with Hoppe's No.9 solvent, will remove light surface rust and not harm patina. Go slow...
  15. A person, OP, asks a question to solve a supposed...

    A person, OP, asks a question to solve a supposed problem.

    He is politely given a number of promising, but, different 'solutions'.

    If the OP responds by saying "thanks", tells what he tried...
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    "whaler" joined this forum on February 23, 2020.

    He/She made one post on December 17, 2020, regarding a piece of tape on a rifle, that he/she did not own and had never handled.

    The OP was...
  17. Mineral Spirits or turpentine will probably...

    Mineral Spirits or turpentine will probably soften the tape and dissolve the adhesive.
    Hand-Rubbing a 50/50 mixture of Linseed Oil & Turpentine should freshen the wood finish and give a uniform...
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    Value? Nice photo of a beautifully stamped 'acceptance...

    Nice photo of a beautifully stamped 'acceptance cartouche'. "1900" acceptance date is nicely consistent with the likely assembly date, I listed above.

    "JSA" is for Joseph Sumner Adams, assistant...
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    Value? Krags marked 'model 1899' were built as carbines....

    Krags marked 'model 1899' were built as carbines.

    Your Krag, #281326, was assembled around August to September, 1900, in the second-block of model 1899 carbines produced.

    All of your Krag's...
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    Mrbohanon's Krag, #466026, was assembled around...

    Mrbohanon's Krag, #466026, was assembled around July or August, 1903, as a model 1898 rifle.

    It is way above the serial number range of the 5,002 model 1898 carbines that were made. Model 1898...
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    No SRS hit on U.S. Krag, #466026. Talk about...

    No SRS hit on U.S. Krag, #466026.

    Talk about close, #466025, is an SRS hit. It was a model 1898 rifle that was destroyed on 05/17/1929, at the New Cumberland, Pa. by the Army Depot guards.
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    Gun forums can be a good source of information,...

    Gun forums can be a good source of information, but, sometimes they are horrible.

    A cheap useful reference is Joe Poyer's book, "The American Krag Rifle and Carbine". It is not perfect, but,...
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    'jasonafair' - Good job of posting useful photos....

    'jasonafair' - Good job of posting useful photos. (BTW - I responded to your post on KCA Forum).

    You now have a convenient 'cut-down' utility Krag. These generally sell for around $275 to $350....
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    Information on Krag oiler posted in 1911 forum as...

    Information on Krag oiler posted in 1911 forum as requested.
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    That is not the Krag 'Oil" Bottle. The top of...

    That is not the Krag 'Oil" Bottle.

    The top of the Krag 'oiler' body has a more prominent flange, that projects inward, to narrow the actual 'threaded' opening to about 1/4 of an inch diameter.
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