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Old August 21, 2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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30-40 Krag speedloader

Hi out there. I was just wondering if anyone knew where to by a speedloader for a 30-40 Krag. Thanks
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Old August 21, 2011, 10:04 PM   #2
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You mean the Parkhurst Device that was a stripper clip adapter at the back of the magazine box? Like this:

Those things are rare, rare, rare.

Or do you want something modern and tackytickle to shoot the gun fast with?
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Old August 22, 2011, 09:56 PM   #3
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One of the main reasons U.S. army adopted the Mauser variant, 1903 Springfield was the lack of a practical way of clip or charger loading the Krag.
Jim Watson is right..these are rare..there was a reproduction made on one of the other forums, I seem to remember.
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Old August 23, 2011, 06:42 AM   #4
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Here are some more pictures of the device from the auction website:

You get a really good view of the Parkhurst device in the third picture down.

Rifles so modified are rare and bring a LOT of money.
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Old August 23, 2011, 11:06 AM   #5
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WHEN I was shooting competition with an 1898 Krag carbine I could speed load it with five from my right hand as fast as any of the '03 boys could do with a stripper clip. To be truthful I do NOT remember one of 'em EVER beating me. AND I do know for a fact that my Krag carbine could outshoot any of their collection of '03 rifles. This is also the reason the Krag was outlawed at Camp Perry in 1908.
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Old August 23, 2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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the krag was outlawed at perry? I did not know that.
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Old August 23, 2011, 10:23 PM   #7
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Because it was too accurate?
Or because it was no longer the service rifle?
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