View Full Version : When you remove the side plate... (and a sight question...)
I assume you first remove the screw (got that done), then tap it smartly from the inside with a punch, or a wooden dowel. The caveat to remove the stock first has come up before as a suggested precaution...
As long as I have you gents' attention: Which model sight has a ladder, and a grooved flip-type lever hanging off the right front of the base. I assume it is a windage adjustment lever. Mine seems frozen; at least, it will not move with finger pressure. It is on my sporter '98.
That is the Model 1901 sight. The lever at front is only the friction-lock for the windage adjustment, which is set by hand. Soak it withe WD40, and tap it (counterclockwise) with a small wooden block and a hammer.
Am I right on tapping out the sideplate?
I'm sorry - your suggested method is exactly correct - I can only add that the dowel should be applied to the rear of the plate, as it hooks under the receiver at the front, and pivots out.
Guess I read too fast and assumed you had already done it. Personally, I see no reason to remove the stock, as there should normally be no overlap by the wood.
In fact, I wouldn't remove the sideplate without some VERY good reason, such as replacing a broken ejector, ESPECIALLY so if there are no marks on the screw and patina has built up around the joint.
Plain Old Dave
Hear, hear on not removing the sideplate. If not properly seated, the sideplate can cause feeding problems. Had a '96 once that wouldn't pick up rounds from the magazine. Looking at it one day I noticed the sideplate wasn't seated fully. Tapped it in place with the heel of a screwdriver, tightened down the screw and it worked fine.
This thread is really a follow-on to my question about spitzers. I'm trying to improve feeding in a pretty clean 98 that was nose-diving the rounds into the flat of the breech face at 7 o'clock. I've been told that changing out the sideplate may fix the problem. So the sporter will loan its side plate to the issue 98.
If that doesn't work I will try modifying the sideplate with a little JB weld to point that bullet a bit better.
Both screws showed evidence of having been worked on. Neither required significant force to unscrew.
I'm afraid to speak up amongst my betters but I found that cartridge length could cause feeding problems......
Hi Mark. The Krag was beautifully, and intricately (some people have gone so far as to describe the receiver assembly as metallic sculpture) designed to feed ONE cartridge - the service 220gr. roundnose - and ONE cartiridge ONLY.
Anyone who gets anythng else to feed really should consider themselves blessed, as they are receiving a nice little bonus.
My OLD sewerpipe '98 feeds anything. There is a You Tube video of me shooting prone rapid in the 2008 Texas state JCG/03/vintage shoot. Search "Griff T. Murphey shooting Krag". That gun is FAST. Ammo is with 180 gr. BTHP Sierra Matchkings. I think I finished in about 60 some seconds. I am hoping this better looking "new" rifle will feed as well....
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