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Thread: Hunting Load for '98 Krag

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    Boolit Master Throwback's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    Sebago Lake Maine

    Hunting Load for '98 Krag

    Been getting by with the 311299 for years but even though my Krag runs .308300 I found as many of you have that it doesn't matter as the throats are oversized. The 314299 sized .312 is "IT". Larry Gibson's tried and true starting point: 28gr 4895 and a tuft of dacron runs 1,800 fps and shoots inside 6" at 200 yards in my rifle. Your results may vary. I will experiment with a bit higher charge to satisfy curiosity but am more than happy as is.

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    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2005
    Westmanland, Maine
    My Krag shoots most 30 caliber boolits quite well, but the 314299 gives the tightest groups. I size mine .311 and load it with13.6 to 14.5 grains of 2400 for light loads and 31 grains of IMR 4064 for heavier loads. I tried the 13.6 grain load without the gas check but the groups opened up quite a bit. I have some surplus 4895 so I may try that 28 grain load.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check