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    Posted: 28 August 2018 at 13:22
Finally finish up the old Krag 30 army, that jim and I bought at the MT gun show about 4years ago.  Yea, slow moving.  But it looks good, not elegant.

Took some time to find a scope that would work if mounted in front of the mil safety.  but got a scount/long eyerelief on it now.

This will be a deer rifle only, for thick woods hunting.  I don't shoot thru vegatation so don't need a big bullet.  It is 115 years old girl, so I'm loading it down, low pressure.

Thinking of using  Hornady  135gr   FTX .

Any thoughts or load info??? 
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My grandfather Shot a Grizzly bear with his 30/40 no scope.
He was not a reloaded so it had to be factory shells.
This was back in the 30's/40's.
 As he told the story him and a buddy where hunting deer
and tripped across a big male gorging on chokecherries and did not hear or see them.
How close he never said, but he decided to shoot it.
His partner had a 30/30 , he was his back up...
Anyway what ever the rifle held is what he shot.
Unloaded on the bear, he never said they had to run so I assume
the bear was killed in the chokecherry patch. Shocked
 
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The 30-40 only gives up about 200 fps to the 308/M14 loads.

The original 30-40 loads, mil, were 220 grains and did 200 fps; a serious load for most big game.

The US only needed to cut the barrel back to 22", and load pointed 150 grain bullet and could have saved millions $$$ on the '03.  and had a better gun.

If you have not cycled a Krag, you can't believe how slick the bolt acton is.  It has a well known reputation as the smoothest bolt action rifle ever made...true.
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