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The .30-40 Krag-Jorgenson is the
oldest U.S. rifle eligible for Vintage
Military Rifle competition.

to "jump" a bit before reaching the rifling,
which is typically not conducive to the best
precision (accuracy), though every rifle is an
individual and yours may break the generally
accepted rules. For this reason, heavier
bullets of 180 grains to 220 grains typically
perform best in the Krag. Long shanks and
short noses-the major feature of roundnose bullets-will start bullet ogives closer to
the rifling without a long unsupported jump
across the chamber throat.
Unfortunately, among .308-inch, 220-grain
full-metal-jacketed round-nose (FMJ RN)
bullets available to us, the choices are exactly
one above none. Woodleigh appears to
be the only source for genuine .308-inch,
220-grain FMJ RN bullets, but intended for
hunting big game and at nearly $2 apiece,
load development plus a few 50-round VMR
matches would send the cost of shooting
competition into the stratosphere. We'll
have to go with soft-point hunting bullets if
we want to shoot affordable RN-style 220
grainers, which are available from Hornady

and Sierra at around $32 per hundred. Nosler
makes an almost-RN semi-spitzer Partition
candidate at about $40 per 100. Balancing our
tradeoffs of bullet weight, seating depth and
cost, Sierra's MatchKings from 180 to 240
grains are an excellent place to start.
After examining quite a few boxes of
commercial .30-40 Krag ammo dating from
about WWI to today, 180-grain bullets by far
dominate factory loadings. That's a good
clue that 180 grainers deliver adequate
precision in the Krag rifle.
Compared to the Graf
.30-40 case (l.), an older
Winchester case (r.) has a
pronounced rim bevel.

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