For a 10-round bolt gun, I'll stick with my SMLE No. 5, Mk. 1 (the "Jungle Carbine). Lighter, handier, and just plain classier.
Papa Whiskey,Still surprises me that no one made a turning bolt ten round capacity rifle in a rimless chambering. I'd think someone using the Mauser system would have gone that route.
Are Mausers too pretty to cut into? The easily removed floorplate makes this kinda a no-brainer, but why didn't the Finns do this in '39 already?
Interesting thought. The Germans did it to some degree in WWI:http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_12_50/ai_n6275754/although this was not a simple 10 round magazine. But a ten round mag would have been just as easy. Best answer I can think of is doctrine; German doctrine being centered around riflemen supporting an automatic weapon. Which makes me wonder if the export markets had the same bias, or simply lacked the funds/capacity/need to upgrade. I would think the example provided by the sustained fire of the SMLE in WWI would have provided some impetus to upgrade. Then again, perhaps the Great Depression affected military budgets enough to maintain the status quo.
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