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lefty o - You are correct about loading the rounds into the magazine. One of the design changes when Springfield Armory used the Mauser design for the 1903 Springfield, was to allow space for the extractor to move into in order to grasp the head of the cartridge case of a cartridge placed directly into the chamber. If you didn't know, the US Government paid Mauser about $100,000.00 in royalty fees to use the Mauser design.

sirfagin - The Mauser was specifically designed so that this can't be done. I am not sure of the design reasons, but they were designed to pick up a round from the magazine only, and to not close on a cartridge case already in the chamber.
 
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