Thousand of post are available out there stating that "The enfield is best rifle"/"The mauser is the best rifle"/"The Mosin is the best rifle".Frankly speaking, no one can be considered as "the best rifle", since each of them has several characteristics that makes it a unique weapon, it all depends on what property you're going to take in consideration. Just to mention a few examples, by comparing the SMLE and the Mauser: What rifle has the fastest action?SMLE What rifle has the highest mag capacity?SMLE What rifle has the highest rate of fire?SMLE What rifle has the capability of accepting detach. mags?SMLE What rifle has the best gas-control mechanism?Mauser What rifle has is the most accurate?Mauser What rifle has the most durable design?Mauser What rifle is the most reliable and safe?Mauser Now, lets see what are weak points of these weapons.. What rifle has the slowest action?Mauser What rifle has the lowest mag capacity?Mauser What rifle has the lowest rate of fire?Mauser What rifle hasn't the capability of accepting detach. mags?Mauser What rifle has an average gas-control mechanism?SMLE What rifle is not the most accurate?SMLE What rifle has parts that needs more often to be replaced because of the usage?SMLE What rifle can be unsafe and can jam most often(e.g. while feeding/shooting the weapon, etc)?SMLE As you can see, for each "PLUS" there is also a "MINUS". It appears pretty clear that we are talking about TWO DIFFERENT DESIGNS with TWO DIFFERENT CONCEPTS in mind. IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO WITH THE RIFLE!!! In this case, the only question you should ask yourself is: Are you a "Mad-Minute man" (SMLE) or a "Sophisticated&patient killer"(Mauser)?