What do you think of these choices for the best bolt action military surplus rifles?
The guys at TFB TV put this list together of what they think are the best bolt action military surplus rifles of all time. Some of their choices are pretty obvious and should not be surprising. However, there are a couple of rifles included on the list that are not as well known and their inclusion may ruffle a few feathers.
When they made their choices, they only chose bolt action rifles that were the main service rifle for their country at one time or another. This criteria excludes sniper rifles, semi-automatic rifles, pistols, sub-machineguns and crew served weapons. Effectiveness, historical significance, ease of use, and the all important “fun factor” were the key points that they rated these rifles to make their choices.
Watch the video to learn their choices for the best bolt action military surplus rifles. The video is a little long, but it contains a lot of really good information on these rifles and is well worth your time to watch the whole thing.
To recap, their choices for the best bolt action military surplus rifles are the Krag-Jorgensen (.30-40 Krag), the Lee Enfield (.303 British), the K31 (7.5x55mm Swiss), the MAS 36 (7.5x54mm French), and the Mauser K98k (7.92x57mm Mauser).
One thing to keep in mind is that when they made their choices for the best bolt action military surplus rifles, they specifically excluded all derivatives and predecessors to the Mauser 98 like the 1903 Springfield. Otherwise, all 5 rifles on the list would be Mausers.
What do you think of their choices for the best bolt action military surplus rifles? Did they leave any out?
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