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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

which rifle is better? kar 98 or lee-enfield?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Well the fact that the .303 Lee Enfield rifle is still in service across the world speaks for itself. In some armies across the world it is still a designated sniper/marksman rifle, it is also one of the largest privately owned rifles in the world.

    It featured a 10 round magazine where as the KAR 98K held 5. During WWI British and Commonwealth forces in rifle companies could put down enough fire from their .303's that sometimes the German forces they were engaging were under the mistaken belief that they were up against a machine gun. If you're interested look up on you tube ".303 Lee Enfiled mad minute". Basically this involved upwards of 20 aimed rounds a minute, with some reports stating 20-30 rounds a minute. The video actually shows a British Paratroop re-enactor firing the rifle at a very fast rate for a bolt action rifle.

    The KAR 98K (along with the MP-44, FG-42 and MG36/42) were quite extensively used in Vietnam by Vietcong forces. The Vietcong were supplied by the Soviet Union at the time and because of Soviet Russia's involvement in the eastern front which brought about the collapse and surrender of Nazi Germany, they had a surplus of German weapons which along with the AK-47 were supplied to the Vietnamese. This was also the case with the earlier Korean war.

    I have fired a .303 myself, in both .303 and a rechambered .22 version. I have not fired a KAR 98. The range i was on at the time was about 200 meteres, when i got used to the kick of the rifle i was hitting the target with a very good grouping. Personally, as a Brit i'd go for the .303.

    Hope this helps.

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  • 9 years ago

    Lee Enfield, I used both at Cadets and the enfield was far better

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    the lee Enfield was so Good 17 million were Made

    the Irish were still using them in the 80 ties

    the Indian Police still use them but they have been rebarreled to 7.62

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    neither were much good the action of the Mauser was always superior bu none had decent ballistics compared to modern rounds of much lighter caliber and the recoil of the Lee Enfeild was fierce and painful. Cant say about the other but it would be typical of the concept.

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  • Marcia
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    9 years ago

    asked hubby and he said he would prefer the Lee - Enfield.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    That is a matter of personal preference.

    Both rifles predated WW1, were used until long after WW2.

    Both are excellent weapons.

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