Re: Springfield Model 1896
Looks like you have a really nice old 1896 Krag Carbine. From the pictures yours does not appear to be a cut-down rifle. They are really slick old guns. Common piece of advice is to have it checked by a really good gunsmith before you attempt to fire it. Seems that those old receivers were 'single heat treated', (as were the pre mid-1917 Springfield 1903s) and many have come un-glued during firing. Have the action and the bolt lugs/recesses checked for stress cracks.
I have an 1896 rifle and still shoot it every couple of years. I load mine with 150 or 173 grain .308 diameter FMJ bullets with a mid-range charge of IMR 4895. Very pleasant and accurate to shoot. The action is butter smooth.
Cavalry and artillery troops generally used the shorter Carbines because the longer Infantry rifle was not practical for their use. The Infantry liked the longer rifle because of greater long range accuracy and the longer barrel made a bayonet more practical. Thats about the best definition I can come up with for you. Enjoy!
Last edited by jim brady; 12-05-2012 at 09:47 PM..