reliable barrel maker equipped to do the work, and have it cut off slightly at the breech and rechambered for the .30-40 cartridge, and fitted into the action. Don't trust some jackleg who thinks he can do this job. The correct headapacing is just as important in a Krag as in any other rifle, and the job is one for experts only. Neidner's price is only $6.00, and it is worth the cost.
Now, if you want a really fine, flat shooting, high velocity small bore rifle, have Neidner make you a special barrel chambered for the .25 Krag-Neidner cartridge, which is really a .3040 case necked to 25 caliber, loaded with a 100 grain bullet. Here is a thoroughly modem lead, ample for anything up to deer, and splendidly adapted to open country shooting by reason of its very flat trajectory. This must not be confused with the Roberts load recently developed, as the latter is made by necking down the 7 mm. cartridge, and can only be used in the Springfield, Mauser, 54 Winchester, or Model 30 Remington action.
A tip: Whenever you plan a job involving a new barrel, get the old barrel out the action, and inlet the action only into the stock before the new barrel is fitted. It is much easier to inlet a stripped action, and you will get a more nearly perfect fit. After the barrel b in the action, it may be gradually bedded, working the channel forward from the receiver mortice toward the forend tip.
Figure 190 shows a simple method of making a Mannlicher style Krag stock devised by Major R. H. Lewis, U. S. A., in which the regular Krag upper band was used. The band was cut in two as shown in the sketch below, and only the forward half used, the you, by all means get rid of it—no trick at all if you work carefully and have patience. Figure 191 shows an alteration suggested by Mr. John C. Harris in the American Rifleman.
First remove the magazine and all working parts. The projecting hinge portion of receiver is then ground down flush, and a side plate made of 3/32 inch cold rolled steel. The hinge for the magazine follower is then filed from tool steel or drill rod, and screwed or spot welded in position. The end of the follower is cut off and pinned into this hinge, with the spring, which is made oi piano wire bent a3 shown in the sketch. The side plate is attached to the opening in the receiver with 8 x 40 countersink head screws. The
bayonet stud being cut off and bottom of band rounded up and polished. The band i3 held in position by a small wood screw underneath. Major Lewis used a Marble Duplex front sight dovetailed into the barrel. A Springfield front sight base or a ramp could be used as well, if desired.
Some shooters object to the projecting box magazine on the side of the Krag, claiming that it interferes with carrying the arm in the field. I do nut find this much in the way, but then neither do I particularly object to the Lee type of magazine such as is found on the Lee Enfield and the Russian rifle—while others cannot tolerate it.
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