Re: Best Military Bolt action of all time?
Here is the description of the WWI mad minute:
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Mad minute was a pre-World War I term used by British riflemen during training to describe scoring 15 hits onto a 12" round target at 300 yd within one minute using a bolt-action rifle (usually a Lee-Enfield or Lee-Metford rifle). It was not uncommon during the First World War for riflemen to greatly exceed this score. Many riflemen could average 25 shots, while the record, set in 1914 by Sergeant Instructor Alfred Snoxall was 38 hits. It was rumored that a company of assaulting German soldiers reported that they had faced machine gun fire, while in fact it was a rifle squad of ten men firing at this rate.
Sounds like some pretty good shooting to me and while the rifle is only part of the equation any rifle capable of that many hits in that time frame @ 300 yds has got to be a top contender for best military bolt action. Just cycling the bolt, aiming, and firing is pretty damn good but don't forget they had to reload every ten rounds.
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Last edited by RunningOnMT; 12-16-2011 at 10:35 PM..