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    The seller I purchased before on Kragicon items was reputable or I thought. I have invested to much to put in any more. I'm just going to throw it away, a real disheartened job. I normally don't screw up this bad.

    Lately it's been rather distracting in my life, my POS father is dying, giving his fortune away to others, he hated me from the start. Same happened to my mom when she died, my brother took everything. So I am not on my best performance and I made a $450.00 mistake.

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    '99621' - I beg to differ. Perfectionism can be a curse; it is unrealistic.

    It it is fun and educational to make and restore a useful firearm from parts.
    Going through the process has vastly expanded your knowledge of the U.S. Kragicon.

    You are going to end up with a Krag Rifle that you should feel some pride in.
    Especially, when you take it out to the Range for shooting sessions.

    Restoring a firearm has become an extremely risky financial gamble. The internet has resulted in loose gunparts becoming increasingly expensive.

    We have all gotten into projects that ended up more expensive than we imagined.

    Take some pleasure in your project. The parts are still valuable and you have a working Krag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99621 View Post
    I made a $450.00 mistake.
    I disagree as well...you over estimate. You got a good deal on that stock for what it is, and what the current availability is. Assemble your rifle, and enjoy the heck out of it whilst keeping an eye open for an untouched original. When you buy that one, and then sell this one...your "mistake" may be more like $20 instead of 450...heck you may even turn a profit. I know for a fact there are plenty of Kragicon sporters out there...I see them all the time on gunbroker. and there are plenty of people buying them too, and plenty more who would love to have your stock to make their hacked up sporter a military shooter again.

    Of course, we would all prefer to have "perfect, correct, matching,..." - but for my two cents, if the US govt didn't really care about it...disassembling thousands of rifles at a time, tossing parts in bins, then reassembling into jumbled up but serviceable rifles...then that same treatment is the ceiling of my realistic exceptions (we always hope for more, but...meh...). If a govt arsenal had your stock, I doubt they would have cared about the edges on the finger grooves, a cartouche being sanded off, etc. If it was in the pile and fit and function were enough to make a rifle serviceable again, it was used. You should be as proud.
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    David - An after thought:

    If the stock proves somewhat disappointing and is not as 'advertised', communicate with the seller.
    If he is ethical and hears of your disappointment, he may be inclined to make a just adjustment in the price.
    Some gun enthusiasts/sellers work very hard for their good reputation and will work hard to remedy unsatisfactory transactions.

    You have nothing to loose by letting him know it is not in the condition you thought you were buying.
    I did not share my knowledge and experience with you in order to sap your joy.
    We all learn on forums, if open to it.

    (I'm sorry you are having a tough time with your Dad and his declining health. I hope things work out better than they seem today).

    P.S. - Show us some pictures of your Kragicon, when it is all together. We like seeing guns that are back from extinction!
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    David, I understand how you feel but agree with the others. When you are dealing with 120+ year old parts, perfection is tough to achieve. Just the fact that you have found a full length intact rifle stock is pretty amazing. I have been at the same point as you many times. Assemble the rifle and put it away for a while. Come back to it later and it may look a lot better. If not, there are many great threads on this forum regarding stripping, staining and finishing a stock (BLOicon etc.) I feel for you regarding the family issues. Been there--what a pain. I hope you have some help from someone who has your back. Good luck. Salt Flat

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    Thanks everyone, I just pitched it in the garbage, and I thank everyone who helped me out.

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    too bad. I would have bid on it had you put it up for sale.

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    IMHO - This is all beginning to make no sense.

    If David "just pitched it in garbage", this has been a waste of valuable Kragicon parts and a waste of well intended advice and knowledge.
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    David, You have invested time and money in this project. YOUR thread has 1364 views! This thread and You will be missed if you stop at this point.
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