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MAUSER AND MANNLICHER—In what way are the Mauser and Manniicher rifles superior to the lever action repeaters?

For ordinary bunting purposes in this country it is a question whether they are better for the average hunter, as it is only the “gun crank” who can appreciate the many good points of the bolt action rifle. The Mauser and Mannlicher actions are superior in fundamental principle,—the parts are few and strong, and move on a line with the barrel, or directly opposite, no parts working on pivots, no screws, few flat springs, etc. The locking of the action is accomplished by turning the bolt, lugs on which engage in recesses in the receiver, whereas, moat lever action rifles are locked by one or two separate parts. The locking system of these bolt action rifles is stronger than that of most lever actions, (the Model 1886 Winchester excepted), and the double column box magazine of the Mauser is superior to any used on lever action rifle. The most important difference from a hunter’s point of view is the fact that the modern bolt action rifles may be entirely dismounted in a few minutes, without the use of tools, and entirely cleaned, or dried and re-assembled, where the lever actions will require a considerable amount of time and labor to dis mount, along with the necessity of using tools. There are few or no pins used in the bolt actions, and the extractor are heavy and strong. Another thing that recommends them is the fact that they may be had to use the moat up-to-date cartridges, where we only have a few model of lever action repeaters that handle modern ammunition. On the other hand, the cartridges used in American magazine rifles arc powerful enough to suit most hunters of big game in this country; the actions, regardless of the complicated systems and many parts, are reliable and strong; the lever action is more rapid, and more convenient for must hunters, and in temperate climates it is seldom found necessary to take the gun entirely apart. When it comes to shooting the same cartridges, there is no difference.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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