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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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I have an old 1896 krag that was my grandfathers and took it to a smith and he test fired it and said it headspaced fine but had a bad chamber and it split the case mouths and messed the shoulder up and roughed up the bottom of the brass, but it was either on here or at one of the shops I was at said it might be headspaceing issue. I don't really trust the smith that told me that because he took off the old lyman peep and NEVER put it back on and had it bagged up in his DESK!!! when I asked about it(he wasn't there when I picked I it up) the other guy had to go ramming around looking all over it, so im not sure I trust what he thinks? anybody have any ideas what might be wrong or recommend a smith? I really wanna take it hunting or atleast shoot it. thanks
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You might try Village Arms in Gap. I have used them once or twice. A little slow turn around time but quality work.

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Did you get your peep sight back?
That's a $100.00+ peep sight
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Did you get your peep sight back?
That's a $100.00+ peep sight
I did get it back after the other guy found it. except he never put it back on, so who knows if I get to shoot it if it will even be on.
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Not to hijack, but I also live in Montgomery county, and would like to find a reputable gunsmith in 5C!

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Can you be any more descriptive in what happens to the brass when the rifle is fired? Pics of fired brass maybe?

Krags are notorious for having "liberal" chambers at times, and reloading with care to minimally resize the brass can help solve modest headspace/shoulder issues, within reason.

My 1896 blows out the shoulders of fired brass to almost look like they've been "Ackley Improved", lol. It's never split a case head or neck, but I also size my brass to remove excess space between the shoulder of the case and the chamber.

Just curious. Might be able to get you on track here without the intervention of a smith.
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There's a fella near Harleysville that did some work for me.
Very satisfied and a nice man......Tom Miller 215 723-9820
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Heres some pictures of the brass that the smith gave me when i picked it up. Im assuming its just remmie factories.





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Those case heads look pretty stretched. Any chance you have access to something like the Hornady headspace gauge, or something similar where you could get a measurement to the shoulder?
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I dont would that be sble to tell me my problem
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