Originally Posted by Trez
The Boers had the Mausers..
Britain actually considered dropping the SMLE for the P14 because the Boers were beating the Brits and wanted their own "Mauser" design....
They actually had a completely different Mauser design in mind before WWII, and a 7mm. The cartridge was in the design stage and was dropped. The research again resumed after WWII. The .280 British, 7x43.