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Help with 1898 Springfield Armoury Krag

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Help with 1898 Springfield Armoury Krag

#1 Post by Kbaumgartner » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:32 am

I am wanting to know where this could have been used, how rare is it, and the value I could get if I would sell. Thanks in advance !
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Re: Help with 1898 Springfield Armoury Krag

#2 Post by jbrower » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:56 am

Looks like it's in decent shape. Though not rare, many were turned into hunting rifles by cutting the barrel and stock down so it's nice to see a Krag in military configuration.

Yours was made too late to have seen service in the Spanish American War but might have seen action in the Philippine Insurrection and/or Banana Wars (very late 1890's-very early 1900's).

The Krag wasn't a long-lived US Military arm. Our troops and military brass felt that the Mauser rifle which was fielded by Spain was superior. Hence the Krag was replaced by the 1903 Rifle (which is based on Mauser's design) in the very early 20th century.

If the bore is in good shape I'd say that value is at least $750.

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Re: Help with 1898 Springfield Armoury Krag

#3 Post by Rapidrob » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:16 am

The rifle had a very short life being replaced by the 1903 Springfield. Thousands of these rifles were sold off to NRA members and other shooting clubs in the early 1920's for three bucks each.
Your rifle does not kook as if it was ever issued as the receiver finish and stock is in too good of shape, most likely it is one of the surplussed out rifles.
The other possibility is that is is a returned rifle from Mexico. In to 70's Mexico outlawed most firearms to its citizens. I got mine out of a case of Krag rifles at a gun shop in San Diego that was a Mexico return.The rifle was new,unissued in original Cosmoline. They sold for 100 bucks.
There is the "Springfield Research Center" that can do a history of the original life of your rifle. The center was bought by a doctor and is nothing like it used to be and is expensive to have done these days. He may be gone now. P.O'd too many owners.
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Re: Help with 1898 Springfield Armoury Krag

#4 Post by Kbaumgartner » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:49 pm

Sounds good thanks for the responses! It's always interesting to know the history of the rifles In my collection. Since I have no attachment to this gun I am going to end up selling it to fund either a SVT or m1 garand once I give up on finding a SVT for a decent price

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Re: Help with 1898 Springfield Armoury Krag

#5 Post by S.B. » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:26 pm

The 1898 models were too late for the Spanish America conflict so, probably served during WWI as guard guns? I believe Teddy and the boys were issued model of 1896 carbines? Someone with more knowledge please chime in and refresh my memory, please. Try the Krag Collectors site lots of guy with lots of knowledge there.
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Re: Help with 1898 Springfield Armoury Krag

#6 Post by Kbaumgartner » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:10 pm

I'm going to sell this rifle what's your honest value on it? What should I sell it for ?

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