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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #120 on: December 18, 2017, 07:28:51 AM »
I use .31 caliber balls to measure .30 caliber bores, and it's always worked fine.  Are you sure you measured the grooves?
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #121 on: December 18, 2017, 09:22:53 AM »
I use .31 caliber balls to measure .30 caliber bores, and it's always worked fine.  Are you sure you measured the grooves?

I didn't really end up with grooves.  I can  see the rifling a the muzzle, but not on the round ball.  I can't see a bulge in the  barrel, but it got easier to push in the middle.  I need to clean more also.  The bore is still got powder residue, but no copper and only a little lead.  The balls are .310.

I think I'll try putting a smashed ball down first and another one after it.  I'm  not getting any lead in the groves.

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #122 on: December 18, 2017, 02:42:45 PM »
Clean clean clean and clean some more.  Sounds to me like you have a tight spot somewhere, indicating a buildup of multiple layers of fouling, this is not uncommon, and usually found toward the breech end of the barrel.  This can be a long process with old military rifles.  Now you  have a pleasant task to see you thru the dark winter nights . . .
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #123 on: December 18, 2017, 03:39:50 PM »
Yep, you might try plugging the breech end and pouring the bore full of Kroil or some sort of Hoppes No. 9 and letting it soak for a few days.  It will come clean eventually!
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #124 on: December 18, 2017, 03:59:21 PM »
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/272019/break-free-foaming-bore-cleaning-solvent-3-oz-aerosol

A barrel can look nice and shiny, and still have a surprising amount of fouling!
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #125 on: December 18, 2017, 05:21:00 PM »
Sure can!  It can take a while to get it out, but remember it took a hundred years to get it there, too. 
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #126 on: December 29, 2017, 09:58:50 PM »
Hi

I spent the day putting some automotive cleaner called Sea Foam down the barrel.  I now have what appears to be rifling.  I've brushed the heck out of the barrel, whenever I quit brushing and run a patch, it comes out black.  But after running lead cleaner on the patches it eventually comes out clean.  Then when I brush again, I get another totally black patch.  I've quit for the night and the whole apartment smells funny, but the Sea Foam stuff doesn't have ammonia at least. 

I think I'll take a break and re-size the new Hornady brass I have. 

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #127 on: December 30, 2017, 12:34:33 AM »
Hi again

O.K. I fibbed, no sizing the new brass.  I did manage to get the new magazine spring and the ejector installed.  I need to take it completely apart and clean it up.  The Bolt appears to be as dirty as the barrel was.  This isn't a difficult rifle to work on, but things like the magazine aren't exactly intuitive.

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #128 on: December 31, 2017, 02:41:18 PM »
Hi
I took the bolt apart and got it put back together.  When the bolt is taken apart, the Safety lever moves 180 degrees.  When I get everything back in the bolt it only rotates 90 degrees.  I can't find any broken parts, dirt or anything to block the movement.

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #129 on: December 31, 2017, 03:24:09 PM »
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #130 on: January 01, 2018, 01:36:17 AM »
Hi

I couldn't find the exact answer in the book, but Hickock45 has two videos with the Krag and his only rotates about 90 degrees. 

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #131 on: January 01, 2018, 10:07:24 AM »
It should rotate 180.  My suggestion would be to strip the bolt per instructions, then reassemble.  Hickok only chose to rotate his 90, as it is easier to flip off from that position.  I carry mine on the farm the same way.
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #132 on: January 01, 2018, 12:06:10 PM »
It should rotate 180.  My suggestion would be to strip the bolt per instructions, then reassemble.  Hickok only chose to rotate his 90, as it is easier to flip off from that position.  I carry mine on the farm the same way.

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Does moving the safety from Side to Side involve pushing it in or out at all?  I cleaned what crud there was in the safety out and it moves from side to side with not in the bolt sleeve.  I don't want to force it too much.

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #133 on: January 01, 2018, 12:16:06 PM »
No, it should only rotate.  It may move in and out a little as it cams on the striker sleeve, but that's it.  Sometimes the camming surface can be deformed/burred, preventing rotation.
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #134 on: January 03, 2018, 09:54:32 PM »
I can't cast the Bullets for my Krag.  Has anyone used the Oregon Trail Bullets in 30 cal? Which size?    I was thinking of the 180 to 220 gn. Thanks.

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #135 on: January 03, 2018, 10:48:20 PM »
It should rotate 180.  My suggestion would be to strip the bolt per instructions, then reassemble.  Hickok only chose to rotate his 90, as it is easier to flip off from that position.  I carry mine on the farm the same way.

Been busy, but I did look at the bolt again and I have an idea what the problem is.  The Safety itself is clean because I could move it back and forth through 180 degrees when it wasn't attached to the bolt, that would mean that the bolt itself is the dirty part.  I hope to get back at it.

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #136 on: January 04, 2018, 06:11:38 AM »
I can't cast the Bullets for my Krag.  Has anyone used the Oregon Trail Bullets in 30 cal? Which size?    I was thinking of the 180 to 220 gn. Thanks.
They should be fine, as long as the diameter fits your bore. My Krag likes .310, doesn't like .308 or .309.

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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #137 on: January 04, 2018, 07:15:49 AM »
My Krags also shoot .310, .308 do not work.
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #138 on: January 04, 2018, 09:25:17 AM »
I can't cast the Bullets for my Krag.  Has anyone used the Oregon Trail Bullets in 30 cal? Which size?    I was thinking of the 180 to 220 gn. Thanks.
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Re: Care and feeding of the Krag
« Reply #139 on: January 20, 2018, 11:47:15 AM »
Hi

I'm not quite there yet on the Hornady's but is there any reason to crimp?  I didn't use the powder die to stretch out the case before I loaded it?  I've never crimped jacketed bullets on a bolt action.

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