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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: 1896 3/40 Krag Rifle Load
The Krag action, while butter-smooth, could not handle much more heat than the 30-40 delivered. That was why there was a move to a Mauser-styled action (M1903). When trying to "hot rod" the Krag, they cracked bolt lugs, which is bad juju. I have read that a clip-feeding system was devised to be used on the Krag, but it was unnecessary when the cartridge could not be brought to the ballistic potential desired.
My 1896 Krag is probably my favorite of my milsurps (and that is not a typo, I have an M1896 Krag that was rebarreled at some point (has a 1902 rear sight, probably rebarreled and stored). It is a GREAT shooter and fun, too!