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Old 02-07-2009, 08:05 AM
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No one shoots a 30-40 Krag

Did a search for all open threads, zilch, nada, zero nothing on this old caliber.
Anyway, I'll ask. I just aquired a Ruger #3 in 30-40 Krag and am looking for brass and dies.
I know this venerable old caliber is not a steller long range round nor is the #3 Ruger the best platform, but I thought I'd tap this great resource for components or leads and ideas.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:27 PM
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Re: No one shoots a 30-40 Krag

I looked at Midway.com for brass and they just do seasonal runs and it is currently unavailable but Powder valley has some in stock Powder Valley, Inc. or Welcome to Sinclair International's Online Store

Dies you can order from (midwayusa.com) http://search.isp.netscape.com/nsisp...dwayusa.com%2F , Powder Valley, Inc. Welcome to Sinclair International's Online Store.

Midway and sinclair are my go-to sites for anything out of the ordinary. Sinclair seams to shy away from poor quality equipment.

Good luck

Mark.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:09 PM
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Re: No one shoots a 30-40 Krag

This cal got me interested so I did a little research. IMHO a 150 would be about as heavy as you would want to go with it. The powders I would start with are H4895 (hodgdon extreme good for temp change and very close to imr's version which is a good powder for the krag) IMR 3031 (give you the most velocity), and H 4350 should be fairly good powders.

I have never loaded or shot this cartidge but according to the short research I did, these are what I would try.

The krag has a decent amount of case capacity for it's time, but it is only rated at 40000 psi chamber pressure, so this is a limited cartidge. Not to bad for a cartidge design that is over 127 years old!
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Re: No one shoots a 30-40 Krag

Thanks for the lead on Powder Valley, I've not dealt with them before. Ordered some brass and they confirmed my order so that's a good sign.

I figured 4895 or 4350 would be go to powders. I did note in something I read that there is a 180g Winchester factory load clocking 2430 MV.

I'll see what it'll do then consider a re-chamber to...????

First, I have to find bases and mount a scope so I can see the target.

Aitch
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Re: No one shoots a 30-40 Krag

I wonder what the collecting value of this rifle is without altering it at all? Seems like a pretty rare find and it would be a shame to drill/ or mess with it.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:42 AM
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Re: No one shoots a 30-40 Krag

Yeah, the #3 in itself is a bit of a rarity and in 30-40 even more so.
As factory supplied, the #3 has tapped holes for mounting scope bases.

Unfortunately, the PO, wanting to be really old school, must have mounted a Unertl, for which an additional pair of tapped holes were added forward on the barrel.

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Re: No one shoots a 30-40 Krag

any idea how old it realy is? I know that the Krag Jorganson (probably spelled wrong) were built from the 1890' till the middle of the next centry. The origional spanish american war modles are going to bring big buck --> around 1500 and up where as the sportsized versions are worth a few hundred only...
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