17 January 2015
People who used the Krag were thrifty! About 20 years ago, a fellow I worked with, who had spent one career with the Alaska Fish and Game department, moved down south here to Seattle. He brought his fathers and grandfathers Krags and loading gear. That is all they had used from about 1910 till they got Springfields after WWII. Included were 100 un-dated and un-head stamped nickeled cases. My research found that these were made at FA back in the days when they used mercuric primers for reloading by the Military units. I still reloading them with cast bullets. Plus some post-mercuric cases, 2 -02, as in Feb. 1902, that I reload still. It was very good brass. Brass used to be expensive and everybody saved every case. I still have “Super-Vel” cases from the 1960's I got from my time in law enforcement.
Hope it is not raining too bad over there today. We have had almost 0.25” of freezing rain, and it is drowning us over here in the desert.
Best wishes, Ric