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    While I agree that was the original intention, and worked excellently for about 60 combat years and longer for the intermittent conflicts, changing magazines instead of charger loading also works. Slight attention with a light hammer will adjust just about any LE magazine to exit and enter freely. Sniper rifles didn't use chargers with telescope fitted, I'm sure snipers always carried extra loaded magazines.

    I believe the LE was the only combat rifle that had an easily replaceable magazine, all the others had integral 5-round magazines. I wonder if the origin of charger loading only is shrouded in the mists of parsimony and English usage, or if it was to be the same as all the other armies, which had to use clips [not chargers] for the same purpose.

    However, few things beats the amazement of spectators when they see how quickly and easily chargers work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daan Kemp View Post
    While I agree that was the original intention, and worked excellently for about 60 combat years and longer for the intermittent conflicts, changing magazines instead of charger loading also works. Slight attention with a light hammer will adjust just about any LE magazine to exit and enter freely. Sniper rifles didn't use chargers with telescope fitted, I'm sure snipers always carried extra loaded magazines.

    I believe the LE was the only combat rifle that had an easily replaceable magazine, all the others had integral 5-round magazines. I wonder if the origin of charger loading only is shrouded in the mists of parsimony and English usage, or if it was to be the same as all the other armies, which had to use clips [not chargers] for the same purpose.

    However, few things beats the amazement of spectators when they see how quickly and easily chargers work.
    The early L E magazine had links holding it to the rifle. The feed lips are the problem with the magazines they are easily bent out of position . Mag changing is a modern happening it came about long after the Enfield system started. Loose rounds are easily loaded with scopes attached.

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    All he asked was which scope mounts were available...
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    love the added information in the discussions.

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    Here is a selection from Country Shed of both d & t mounts and non d & t mounts. The no drill mount does still require some wood to be removed from the receiver ring area of the fore stock. If your a purest that could be a deal breaker. There is also a scout scope mount available and all are both with or without rings. Some items are No I MkIII only and some work with both the Enfield and the 2A1. BTW I have no idea why there are marlin/glenfield items in the search!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bindi2 View Post
    The early L E magazine had links holding it to the rifle. The feed lips are the problem with the magazines they are easily bent out of position . Mag changing is a modern happening it came about long after the Enfield system started. Loose rounds are easily loaded with scopes attached.
    Of course the Remington-Lee rifles that morphed into the MLM were intended by the inventor to be used with multiple magazines that would be rapidly changed during combat. The MLM I originally came out with a second magazine and the idea was to let mag 1 hang down and insert #2 for 16 rapid fire shots. Then, strangely, the idea was shelved and the Britishicon Infantry (until the Mk I SMLE) had no ability to reload rapidly (although the mag size was increased to 10). The other fascinating deviation from the Rem-Lee guns was the 2-piece stock. I've never seen any documented discussion of why that was done.

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