Ross rifle good?

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  1. The Basket

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    I am looking at the Ross with interest. Good rifle badly built in a war that didn't suit it?
    The Ross was a heavy long rifle designed for ultra long range target shooting fired prone. Like the P13, Ross believed the Boer war favoured such rifles. However poor metallurgy and poor ammo and the fact the Ross was too high class for its own good meant that mud and rain and trenches did it no favours.
    So...The Ross is either the best rifle in ww1 or the worst. And both have proof of argument.
    How strange is life.
     
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    .... some turned up in the Yugoslav-breakup wars, IIRC.
     
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    Ironically they dealt with all the problems just as it was being swapped out for Lee Enfields.

    The Latvians were very happy with it as their standard rifle. The Yugoslav ones were probably ex Canadian, ex Latvian, ex Soviet Union given to Yugoslavia. Target rifle standards of accuracy.
     
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    A target rifle a good battle rifle ain't.
    But it was up and running and finally working and then gets pulled which is ironic because it was on the front line when it wasn't working.
    The straight pull rifle certainly gets my interest and the Ross was said to have had the sweetest.
    Although the British bought more than Canada but was not use in large numbers but was used as a sniping rifle.
    Even saw use in Ww2 as a home guard rifle with the British. So long lived for a failed weapon.
     
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    Looks as though 4 or 5 Huots were built.
    Although a very interesting design for sure
     
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