View Full Version : Krag_jorgenson....and Savage double mdl5100?

November 29, 2000, 08:13 PM
Ive two questions concerning to firearms that have just stumped me........

Recently, a Krag_rifle, exactly like the 30-40 krag that our military issued ....has turned up and was supposed to have been made in Denmark?,....this rifle has no military marking's....but does have the number 1900 and what appears to be a crest.......the rifle is supposed to have been issued in a different caliber about 25 cal., and has been converted to 257roberts.......we are still check the caliber to be sure of the exact conversion.......Now that 257 is a high pressure cartridge and I have been under the impression that the 30-40 was improved by the 1903 primarily because of its cartridge limitations .......if this rifle proves to have been converted to 257 roberts, do you think the action could handle that caliber?.....

Also we have been looking for the value and any other information on a side by side by Savage that has only the 5100 on the right sideplate........any information would be a help..tks fubsy.

Harley Nolden
November 30, 2000, 06:09 AM

Here is what I have on the Danish Krag:

Designer: Ole Krag
Model: 1889 Infantry Rifle:
Country of Origin: Norway
Mfg: Gevaerfabriken Kjobenhavn &
Kobenhavns Tojhus, Copenhagen
Haerens Tajhus Copenhagen
Quantity: 118,000
Cal: 8X58mm rimmed

The Krag bolt action rifle has a distinctive case magazine in the receiver beneath the bolt feeding cartridges laterally. The Danish loading gate hinges forward; US and Norwegian patterns
hinge down.. The comparatively weak one lug action, caused the rapid replacement of the US Krag Jorgensen by the .30 Springfield magazine rifle, which was a modified Mauser. Most of the Danish and Norwegian guns however lasted into the 1950's.

1887: Aware that their standard Remington rolling block infantry rifles were obsolete, the Danes looked for an alternative. Five hundred Lee-type forsogsrepeterbevar M/a repeating trials
rifle, were issued in April but, though reports indicated great superiority over the Remingtons, the rifle commission was not convinced.

1889: Accepted in June the original rifle was sighed for the 8mm m/89 cartridge, with 250mtr standing block and leaf graduated to 1,800mtr. There were no safety features other than the half
cock notch.

1890: The first series made guns were accepted on 19 Jan, with bulk deliveries starting in the summer.

1908: On 19 Sept. Denmark adopted the pointed bullet in 08mm with a muzzle velocity of 750m/sec and the sights were modified to give a max. range of 2,100mtr.


November 30, 2000, 09:40 AM
Possibly the 5100 is a Stevens 5100. In 1920 Stevens was bought by Savage Arms. The Stevens 5100 was in various gauges, boxlock, double triggers, steel barrel, checkered wood, pistolgrip and splinter foreend.
Apparantly it was a utility grade shotgun.

November 30, 2000, 11:20 AM

thankyou very much....for the information.....

Your right its a stevens.....I had savage on my mind I earlier had been looking at a used mdl 5 and was considering getting it for a varmit rifle for the casa.......my mistake and thank you for catching it...later...fubsy.

Mike Irwin
November 30, 2000, 02:00 PM

I'm pretty certain that there was also a 6.5mm version of the Krag rifle. This may be what you have.

Let me get home and check my Cartridges of the World.

Harley Nolden
November 30, 2000, 04:22 PM
My records indicate that From 1894 forward, Norway manufactured the Krag in in caliber 6.5X55mm.


James K
November 30, 2000, 05:42 PM
If the rifle is a Norwegian Krag, it is a double locking lug design, making full locking use of the right lug, which is a non-bearing safety lug on the U.S. Krag. The original chambering was, as Harley says, 6.5 x 55 which is a pretty hot round. The .257 Roberts is a necked down 7mm, and reasonable loads in the .257 should be OK.


November 30, 2000, 06:55 PM
Thank you Gentleman......I really do appreciate it........its a neat little rifle, but it isnt mine, it belongs to a friend and Im just helping with the research,,,,,actually just passing along your information....once again...thankyou..fubsy.

Mike Irwin
December 1, 2000, 01:43 AM
There's also another possibility, albeit a slim one, for the Krag.

There was a Norwegian commercial cartridge for hunting and sporting purposes that was made by necking the 8mm Norwegian Krag round to 6.5mm.

While unlikely, it is possible that your friend's Krag rifle is chambered for this round.

A chamber cast would be a wise investment before trying to fire it with 6.5x55 Swedish ammo.

December 1, 2000, 04:18 AM
thank you .......for that info...I do appreciate it...fubsy.