paul2012 wrote: gas56 wrote:
30/40 Krag-Jorgensen rifles U.S. model?http://candrsenal.com/a-quick-and-dirty ... en-rifles/
The 2nd question is what kind of condition is the rifle barrel in?
If everything is in good shape and the rifling looks deep and the shell fit is good than the next step would be taken.
Finding the right bullet & loads that will give you performance at the average distance range you plan on shooting at or under.
The rear sight adjusted at the lowest possible position should not put any bullet over at the 100 yard bulls-eye range mark.
Unless the rifle has been modified with its original sights.
Have you inspected the inside of the barrel yet?
Oh believe me, I have read the C&Rsenal article and their video through and through. I also found an old US army manual on Forgotten Weapons that was published in 1917. That's how I came to my unofficial decision that mine is an original '96 carbine that was refitted with a 1901 sight for continued service. As for the condition, I have fully disassembled the rifle and cannot find any real flaws. The only thing I cant really check personally is the inside of the barrel. At a glance the rifling seems to be in good shape, the bore is smooth aside from the rifling which appears distinct and not disrupted in any way. However I wouldn't say I'd be surprised if this gun has burned through its fair share of rounds either in Cuba or the Philippines. Maybe even on all the way up to being a trainer during WW1, seeing as they updated the sights and didn't repurposed it as a sporter.
The most important thing with these old rifles is checking the bolt of possible hairline cracks, and then inspecting shell fit. Go, No Go, gauges can easily check headspace fit,.. but the barrel should
be assembled with the bolt to the have a better reading with it against it with the gauges in place. A gunsmith inspection of the firearm never hurts, and doesn't cost that much and they have
all the tools needed if they are reputable.
If satisfied after the inspection, then going on to a good match of loading products with the right loads can be taken.
180 - 220 gr bullets can be used with what powder load you may discover which may work best,....
If you can get hold of a barrel laser sight-in tool it can easily show you the difference in adjustments to the iron sights and give you an idea where to start to see where it should be adjusted.
Before these were used, years ago we use to even look down through the barrel with the bolt off, and that can give you an Idea where to start to see where the iron sights should be adjusted.
Use a 3 inch bullseye on a white paper target preferably 3' by 4' sheets, especially afterwards where first checking where the bullets fired are hitting are targeted.
The main thing is getting to the point where consistency target hits can be maintained with your consistent loads,...
Which also can be achieved with shooting rounds as it shouldn't be that much of a problem unless the sights are out of whack which are causing misinterpreting correct bullet path.
I've found e-bay to have rifle sights at somewhat good deals,... and finding 30/40 krag sights can be common there.
This may be the remedy of getting the bullets to hit with consistent accuracy with this rifle.
Have a good 1..............................GAS