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THE .30-40 KRAG, ALMOST IMMEDIATELY ECLIPSED BY THE
.30-'06 IN PERFORMANCE AND POPULARITY, REFUSES TO DIE.
and they feature a bevel on the back edge,
which many feel contributes to the Krag's
reputation for smooth feeding.
It is possible, if not always entirely
satisfactory, to form .30-40 Krag from .303
British cases by simply running the Brit into
the Krag full-length resizing die. Case necks
will be quite short, and the British case rim
lacks the Krag's beveled edge, which some
shooters believe may cause balky feeding
from the magazine. Others feel the lack of a
bevel has no impact on feeding.
Surprisingly, given the age and low-bymodern-standards performance of the
cartridge, dies are readily available at noncustom prices and without special ordering,
indicating at least a modicum of continued
popularity. As with the .30-30, the long neck
of the .30-40 case makes for easy resizing
and bullet seating. If using cast lead bullets,
expanding case mouths slightly with a .30cal. Lyman M die will prevent deforming
bases or shaving lead from bullets.
Shell holders for the .30-40 Krag are
Hornady #11, Lee #5, Lyman #7, RCBS #7
and Redding #8. Do note that shell holders
are often intended to fit multiple different

cases but sometimes fail to fit one or more
adequately. Shell holders for .303 British and
sometimes for .44 Mag. may work for the
Krag, depending upon your specific cases.
We don't see very many Krags at the
VMR matches, but they do show up here
and there, perhaps more often at local club
matches than at the Regionals. The Krag
represents a most unusual transitionary
period in firearms that saw the rapid and
simultaneous changeover from black
powder to smokeless powder and from
single-shot rifles to bolt-action repeaters. As
such, the Krag holds an exceptional place
in American military history, and when we
pause to consider, it's pretty remarkable
that we should see the rifle in civilian
marksmanship competitions 120 years later.
The .30-40 Krag, almost immediately
eclipsed by the .30-'06 in performance and
popularity, is a hanger-on-er that has refused
to die, perhaps at first due to the high quality
and low price of surplus rifles, then by the
routine availability of its .308-inch bullet
and now by the advent of VMR competition.
It appears the .30-40 Krag will continue to
hang on for the foreseeable future.

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