I had a look at one of these last weekend. It is the first one I have handled in the flesh. It was in very nice condition with a bright bore. Are the bolts numbered on these, as I has a quick look but only found 'S11'. The rifle number was 297xxx (I can't remember the rest) but it didn't end in 11. There was a bit of the stock just in front of the bolt handle when closed broken off. It looked like it had been done some time ago. The dealer told me that this was a common fault. How true? An interesting rifle. The dealer doesn't really want to sell it as he has been using it himself so I didn't get a price. Are these in the arm and leg category or more reasonable?
I have 2 1898's, one made in 1899 and the other in 1902. Neither have the wood issues you mention and I've never heard of it anywhere else. Bolts aren't marked either. It's not uncommon for a Krag in a complete but not perfect condition such as mine are, to bring $1000 or more here.
I've seen a couple examples with that certain piece of stock chipped off, but I can't say for certian if it's a common fault. It doesn't seem likt it would take a lot of trauma to break it....considering it doesn't have much support.
i have an m1892/6 , m1896 , m1898 rifles , and an 1899 carbine , none have numbered bolts as the enfields , ive not experienced the wood problem but heard that the gate area was suseptable to breakage , i shoot mine regularly and they are a lot of fun
i realise there is an 1893 mauser in the first and a couple M1903s in the second , sorry to go outside topic
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I have taken several deer with my Krag, and its a pleasure to shoot!
I purchased it as a sporter, all but the stock appear to be orig.(Model 1898) I've thought about putting it back orig, but I'm not really into collecting, and the stocks I've found are rather expensive.