View Poll Results: Which is the best WW2 era Bolt-Action Rifle?

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  • British Lee-Enfield No.4

    29 50.00%
  • Russian Mosin Nagant

    3 5.17%
  • German Mauser KAR98

    16 27.59%
  • Japanese Arisaka

    1 1.72%
  • Italian Carcano

    0 0%
  • American Springfield 1903

    9 15.52%
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    The best WW2 era Bolt-Action Rifle?


    British N4?


    Russian Mosin-Nagant?


    German Mauser K98?


    Japanese Arisaka?


    Italian Carcano?


    and American Springfield 1903

    which one was the best and why?
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    i,d say german mauser, exelent design, superb craftsmanship,(german).
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    I voted for the Arisaka as of all military bolt action rifles it was the strongest of them all. If the Japanese ammo maker loaded his rounds too hot, there was no fear of the bolt taking your ear off.

    A test was done between the 03-A3 Springfield, 1898 Mauser and the 7.7mm Arisaka and several other military rifles using progressively more powerful loads. Naturally the rifles were enclosed in a protective device and fired remotely.

    I don't recall which rifle broke first, but in any event, the Arisaka lasted through quite a few more hot loads before breaking anything.

    I learned that years ago while on a target range from another shooter that was using one with a full bull barrel for "in-the-same-hole" practice. He said that many target shooters that fire modified military rifles prefer the Arisaka over others because they can load them as hot as they want for VERY long range targets.
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    Out of my experience, the Mauser is the best overall. I wrote a review comparing it and the Mosin-Nagant on this forum some time ago, so consult that if you want my reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leib10 View Post
    Out of my experience, the Mauser is the best overall. I wrote a review comparing it and the Mosin-Nagant on this forum some time ago, so consult that if you want my reasons.
    For your viewing pleasure here is a link to the aforementioned review,very comprehensive and well written. Mosin-Nagant v. Mauser Nice job Lieb.
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    So K98 is the best of ww2 era, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big K View Post
    So K98 is the best of ww2 era, right?
    imo, as far as mass produced rifles, yes.
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    I voted for the Mauser because it was the first clip fed military rifle. It served through 2 world wars without much modification. The cartridge was powerful or at least up to par for the era, and rimless to cut down jams.

    I've only had experience with the Enfield No.4. I liked the magazine capacity as it doubled that of the Mauser, Springfield, and Mosin. But the rimmed cartridge design made it awkward.

    Springfield is nice, but it's pretty much a copy of the Mauser.

    I've not had a chance to use a Mosin, even though it's on sale for $100 at the local sporting goods store (M44 carbine model; M39 is $110). It uses a rimmed cartridge so chance of jamming is greater.

    I don't know much about Arisaka. Never even seen the ammo being sold around here.
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    i am very curious about Carcano, Arisaka and No4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big K View Post
    i am very curious about Carcano, Arisaka and No4.
    What do you want to know about the Enfield?

    OOoh, I missed the Carcano. Don't know much about it other than it's the gun that killed JFK.
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    Allegedly in the hands of a highly skilled rifleman the Lee-Enfield could generate higher volumes of fire then the M-1 Garand. This is not a repeatable performance though, it was done by colonial regulars and like in WWI those troops were attrited by the mid phase of the war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamus View Post
    For your viewing pleasure here is a link to the aforementioned review,very comprehensive and well written. Mosin-Nagant v. Mauser Nice job Lieb.
    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by omon View Post
    i,d say german mauser, exelent design, superb craftsmanship,(german).
    +1.

    I have shot the Enfield (badly) in the past, but my K98 is a winner, it repeatedly amazes me how accurate it is. It must have had lots of ammo through it and can still hold a 1cm group at 100m, even if I use different types of ammo the group only moves a few cm off centre at most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnut View Post
    What do you want to know about the Enfield?

    OOoh, I missed the Carcano. Don't know much about it other than it's the gun that killed JFK.
    i know nothing thats why i ask :D
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