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    New to me sporterized 1898

    So I know how everybody including myself feels about sporterized rifles, but I've wanted a handy Kragicon-Jorgensen carbine for years. When I was 16 I traded my way into a 1898 carbine which was mostly original, the handguard had been lost and a smaller barrel band fitted, and the cutoff had been replaced with a pacific peep sight. The guy I got it from believed it to be a sporterized rifle, so did the guy I sold it to. It wasn't until several owners down the line did we discover it was a legtimate carbine.

    Over the past 15 years I've passed on some nice Krag rifles and a few sporters, fast forward to last Saturday and I traded my way into what is not only one of the best looking sporterized rifles I've seen but definitely the best sporterized Krag I've come across. This appears to be a model 1898 made in 1901 based on the Serial # 329228 with a mint bore. Whoever did the work kept the original stock and handguard and did an excellent job of checkering and carving a Schnabel forend, as well as adding a pistol grip and filling in the cutout in the handguard for the rear sight. I don't think the recoil pad was necessary but it was also fitted well. They also added a Pacific peep sight that fits into the hole for the magazine cutoff, I'm not sure what the front sight is as it doesn't appear to be marked. I'm guessing the rifle was reblued and that was also done well as none of the markings appear to be heavily buffed. The barrel was shortened to 26".

    I have a set of dies and 100 pieces of brass on the way from Grafs, I have several bullet molds from 150-220 grains and sizers for .309", .311", and 312". I also have about 500 .308 jacketed bullets from 150-200 grains so I should be good for awhile.

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    That is nicely done, I'd be proud to own it.
    Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickax View Post
    That is nicely done, I'd be proud to own it.
    Congrats!
    Thanks, it makes me glad that I passed on the last one I almost bought.

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    Very nice, I see the sight opening was filled on the handguard. I wouldn't mind that one either. Looks like you could shoot it all day. I have dies still too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Very nice, I see the sight opening was filled on the handguard. I wouldn't mind that one either. Looks like you could shoot it all day. I have dies still too...
    Yes I’m surprised what a good job someone did on the handguard and added pistol grip. Looking at the underside of the handguard it appears that acraglass or something similar was used.

    My plans are to work up a 50 yard cast load for plinking. I only have about 50 yards here at home and I don’t need a full power load with jacketed bullets for punching paper.
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    Maybe about a one hundred or so grain bullet cast and gas check...something like Trail Boss powder?
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Maybe about a one hundred or so grain bullet cast and gas check...something like Trail Boss powder?
    I was thinking about trying a 150 grain and about 18 grains of IMR4198. That’s what I use in my K31icon and what I previously used in my 1889 Schmidt Rubin. There are definitely lighter loads but it’s by no means a heavy load. The 150 is the lightest bullet I have a mold for, I may try Unique as well but I don’t have much left and it’s hard to find right now.

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    I have scads of molds for .30 cal...except a really heavy one. Yours should work too.
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    I'll bet your 'sporter' will be a "tack driver" with scads of loads! Nice looking Kragicon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I have scads of molds for .30 cal...except a really heavy one. Yours should work too.
    I also have scads of molds but they range from .380” to .735”. I have more .459” molds for my .45-70’s than anything.

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    I'll bet your 'sporter' will be a "tack driver" with scads of loads! Nice looking Kragicon.
    Thanks.

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