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    [QUOTE=browningautorifleicon;389533]Try coming from the back. Put the muzzle down and tap

    Hmm...this bore is far from what I would call clean. Heavily frosted and tears cleaning patches. I'm amazed it is shooting as well as it does.

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    Bought several chrome M1903's once (one was a MkI), took them to a chrome shop and had the chrome removed for about $75 each. They came out really nice- I had worried that the shop might go overboard, being used to old car bumpers etc., but they knew what they were doing- I parkerized those, but you could do a nice job of bluing yourself for very little money. I've used Radocy Express rust Blue (there are others) on various gun parts and they always turned out nice. Careful metal prep and following the directions is key to a nice result, but it isn't that difficult and is far, far better than "cold" blue (and the stink of Selenium) for both appearance and durability. Kragicon bolts are finished "in the white" anyway, so you've got that going for you. Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtoms View Post
    Heavily frosted and tears cleaning patches.
    I'll bet it cleans up more once it's been shot a bit.
    Regards, Jim

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    I kind of like the antique chrome look-- it's something different. Salt Flat

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    Make no mistake, I'd have that rifle too...specially since I still have dies and brass...
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    First Krag - 1898 Ceremonial Rifle

    Thanks guys - seems the collector consensus here (though far from unanimous)and on the Kragicon collectors forum is not to mess with the finish.

    Also found i guy over there that has agreed to make me a couple of quick loaders for CMPicon competition.
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    I'm just floored that it shoots so well for you, after all it's done to date.
    Regards, Jim

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    Had an opportunity today to shoot the local vintage benchrest match-10 rounds at 100 meters and 10 at 200.

    Shot my old standby first - my SwissIG1911 - 189 5x - not bad but I've certainly done better with that rifle.

    Next I shot the Kragicon- 191 2x this old girl is amazing to have such a rough bore.




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    You really ought to have the rifle cleaned of all plating because it's hideous. It isn't part of its military history. It has the most god awfull deteriorating plated finish that I would never want to have on any rifle I was seen with. It now needs to be Un Fucxed. Seriously, why are you even considering leaving it as it is now. Because some guys say to leave it that way? WTF? Your rifle is an Extremely accurate one and you are obviously a highly competent rifle shot. You owe yourself a fine looking rifle and not one that looks like it's continuing to be seriously neglected. Clean it. Don't worry about your money. It's well spent. If for some reason you don't want to go to the trouble of having it professionally cleaned, then sell it to somebody who will.
    Seriously, you'll be happy that you Did bring it back to its respectable appearance.
    Good shooting by the way. Really good shooting.

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