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Old 09-13-2012, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default VIDEO: Finest Bolt Action Battle Rifle in History?

The Lee-Enfield, a remarkable battle rifle with one of the longest service histories in the world, even today being used on active duty. The bolt operation is so fast that during World War I there were times when the Germans thought they were under attack by British machine guns, no bolt action rifle was able to be fired as quickly and with as much accuracy at high speed than the Lee-Enfield.

Do you own one? Would love to hear from others about their Lee-Enfields. Here is mine with a bit of background on the rifle's history:


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Old 09-13-2012, 03:54 AM   #2
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I have 2, a 1912 No. 1 MK 3 made at Enfield Arsenal and a 1942 No. 4 MK 1* made at Long Branch Arsenal in Canada. Got to love the SMLE!



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I have owned them in the past. Great rifles. Fast action, high capacity for a bolt action battle rifle, accurate, and powerful.

I've heard it said, that "The Germans made a great hunting rifle that worked well in combat in the Mauser '98. The Americans stole the Mauser '98 and made it into a great target rifle in the 1903 Springfield. But the British made a great battle rifle in the SMLE."

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The British Enfield. Hands down .

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The Remington 700 was an important sniper rifle because of it's fast action and accuracy. They were modified, however. Carlos Hathcock approved.

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I am going foriegn. Now i make no claims to it being the greatest.
But the japenese arisaka has one of the strongest chambers ever.
Even the crappy end of the war mash ups, were stronger than our enfields ever were.
I wont say they are more accurate, or more reliable. But they are hands down stronger.

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Part of the reason the enfields were so devastating were the hands they were placed in. British troops trained to do a mad minute and the average troop could put anywhere from 20-40 rounds downrange in a minute. Imagine sitting in a trench while 50 soldiers are doing a mad minute. Is think there was a machine gun too!

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The Remington 700 was an important sniper rifle because of it's fast action and accuracy. They were modified, however. Carlos Hathcock approved.
The Remington 700 wasn't a "Battle rifle" in general issue, designed to deliver volley fire on area targets. The M40 and M24 were built on Remington 700 actions, but to military specifications for sniper use.

I was also under the impression that Gunny used a modified Winchester model 70 for most of his exploits in Viet Nam before the Sniper units became more widespread and equipment got standardized. (I could be wrong though). The Winchesters were in early Marine inventory for match shooting and were presed into service in Viet Nam, chambered in .30-06. Nice thing about the Winchesters is that they used controled round feeding like the Mauser (basically a Mauser copy.)
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I am going foriegn. Now i make no claims to it being the greatest.
But the japenese arisaka has one of the strongest chambers ever.
Even the crappy end of the war mash ups, were stronger than our enfields ever were.
I wont say they are more accurate, or more reliable. But they are hands down stronger.
Uh...Enfields are foreign. They are British.

The Arisaka was basically another copy of the Mauser 98. except with a harder to use safety. Though some of the early ones have buttery smooth actions.
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Uh...Enfields are foreign. They are British.

The Arisaka was basically another copy of the Mauser 98. except with a harder to use safety. Though some of the early ones have buttery smooth actions.
My bad. I meant ours as in "allies" i knew it was british.
How was the safety harder to use? Stiffer, or poor design?


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