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#1 Post by lurker » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:31 pm

:love:
my preciousss.
your beauty is undiminished by the passage of time.
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#2 Post by lurker » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:33 pm

yes, it came. in much better shape than i expected. thankyouverymuch
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#3 Post by lurker » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:35 pm

and you people with the dirty minds?
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#4 Post by Marlene » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:38 pm

Glad you like it, but obviously this post needs pictures.
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#5 Post by lurker » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:49 pm

Marlene wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:38 pm
Glad you like it, but obviously this post needs pictures.
backside looks a bit rough. are you sure you want me to share pics?
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#6 Post by lurker » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:55 pm

ok, ok, enough. i'll try for better tomorrow when the light is better.
this is an open mckeever cartridge box, i believe issued for both trapdoors and krags, 1873-1903. marlene sent it to me. there should be straps to fasten to a belt, and one to hold it closed, but overall much nicer than i could have hoped for.
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pristine originals sell for many hundreds of dollars, good reproductions for about $40. i may get a repro for range trips.
can you say how you came to have it, marlene?
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#7 Post by Marlene » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:28 pm

An old guy at the LGS noticed that I'm a Krag nerd. He asked me to do a bit of machine work for him, and in addition to our initial arrangement, he gave me this box and another almost identical in condition as a gift.

Lurker gave me a Krag book, and I took it as an opportunity to send him one of the boxes. Some day, I'd like to fix the one I kept.
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#8 Post by SailDesign » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:28 pm

Coolness!
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#9 Post by lurker » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:53 pm

and tempted as i am to get this one repaired (our own RockyRiverLeather might could do it), i think i'll leave this as it is.
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#10 Post by lurker » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:31 am

underlying message:
be nice to old guys at the LGS. ;)
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#11 Post by lurker » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:13 am

ok. let's try this again.
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note that this last one would be upside down as worn, but you would never see it this way because this side would be facing the wearer's body..
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#12 Post by Uplander » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:43 am

Oh wow that's cool.

There is a massive swamp near the valley on state land where I deer hunt in Michigan. In the 80s there used to be an ancient fellow with a Krag and a milk crate that would seemingly spend the entire season sitting on the crate with his rifle on the same runway in the thickest part of the swamp. I visited with him over the years and thought the rifle was the strangest thing in the world- everyone in our crew used Model 70s, 700s, and the odd Browning here and there. Now I think back and realize he in fact had the neatest gun.
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#13 Post by Marlene » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:57 am

Definitely. Krags are among my favorites.

I'm selling my "one too many" 99 carbine if you need one.
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#14 Post by sikacz » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:14 am

:beer: Very nice.
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#15 Post by lurker » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:32 pm

after i bought my trapdoor i was walking around, there were a couple of unmolested but rough krags running 800-1000, and a sporterized krag for 350. what a beauty. gorgeous, just.... perfect. checkered wood, inlay, and so shiny, clearly had been someone's pride and joy. the krag is a slim light rifle even when stock, what a fine brush gun it would be! i wanted it desperately. fortunately i already have a krag and more importantly, had already spent my money. there's another gunshow coming in september. now i'm starting to get excited. is that so wrong?
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#16 Post by lurker » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:54 pm

and i'd like to say something about this thread, and the one that prompted it. marlene asked a very technical question about one of my favorite rifles, well beyond my knowledge. lots of people with good advice, and i could contribute nothing. my level of knowledge is somewhat superficial by comparison, i know a bit about the history and social context of the item in question. but i had this book, brophy's the krag rifle. i'd struggled with it, gleaned what i could from it, but there was more, so much more in there, and it was wasted on me, and here comes marlene with her skillset, knowledge and interests.
perfect! pass it forward.
so then out of nowhere marlene offers me this cartridge box. yes, i'll shut up and take it. it felt like i was cheating her, does she know what these things are worth, how rare they are? i've never even seen one of these, much less handled one, and now i own one?
and it's not that exceptional.
this is the sort of community that exists here. it's not just a couple of people, there's a lot of it. now i'm getting all sentimental.
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#17 Post by Marlene » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:25 pm

I too have made good friends in this place.

I'm glad you're so pleased with the cartridge box. I'm grateful for the outstanding book.
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#18 Post by rockyriverleather » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:27 pm

Bring it along next time. We'll take a look at conservation.

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#19 Post by Marlene » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:05 am

I'd like to know the outcomes of that conversation, please.
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#20 Post by lurker » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:09 am

will do.
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