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Lets say a nation around this timeline was making research and advancements in firearms. Other than a flintlock or breech-loader, is it possible for them to produce a repeating bolt-action rifle? Would this require an industrial revolution to happen?

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marked as duplicate by elemtilas, Morris The Cat, ltmauve, L.Dutch May 16 at 18:58

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  • $\begingroup$ since you have already asked this very same question for submachine gun and percussion rifle, which insight are you missing that the other answer did not provide? $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch May 16 at 15:26
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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Could a percussion rifle be produced in the 15th-17th century? Basically the same question regarding a slightly different gun mechanism. $\endgroup$ – elemtilas May 16 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ Bolt action rifles are manual. You can't have a repeating manual action otherwise it's no longer a manual action. $\endgroup$ – Rob May 16 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Rob I think he means a magazine-fed bolt action rifle $\endgroup$ – Joe P May 16 at 16:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Rob -- It's a duplicate because "XYZ future tech widget in a past era, is it possible?" Doesn't really matter what the XYZ future tech widget is. Especially when it's the same OP asking the same question about a tightly grouped set of technologies. The answer is thus the same for all: since you have already asked this very same question for submachine gun and percussion rifle, which insight are you missing that the other answer did not provide? $\endgroup$ – elemtilas May 16 at 23:40
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Eric,

I hope it is simple as well as sufficient to say that the 'modern' centerfire rifle ammunition - nevermind the mechanism that the firearm uses, is a product of mass-production era post-industrial revolution. The cartridge needed for any contemporary firearm wasn't popular for this exact reason until around the American Civil War, c.1850.
Handmade examples or powder/projectile cartridges existed prior to the 1800s, but any bolt/lever/semi-auto or other "repeating" rifle will use ammunition at a rate that was mostly cost-prohibitive until Henry Ford's day. In short, I feel certain that the mechanism of the rifle would be far overshadowed by the lack of ammunition, especially in post-renaissance Europe.

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