There is much to be said for, or against, the several configurations available in todays modern repeating hunting rifle. DM's are quick, easily transportable and, as mentioned earlier, can be set up for a variety of hunting senarios. Blind magazines, in my opinion are of little use to anyone except the single shot hunter. Too much damage to the cartridge case from continually "racking" each round in order to empty the magazine. Having said that, the hinged floor plate works for me. DM's limit the outward bullet seating depth for a reloader and in short action rifles such as a Remington, who usually cut chambers with long thoats, DM's don't cut the mustard. Too much jump to the rifling for the accuracy I demand from all my rifles. Higed floor plates allow me to "dump" what remains in the mag well which is then transfered to my stock shell carrier. It could be argued that a DM does essentially the same thing, but in the case of a rifle, say a Savage model 10, the well would remain open to dirt, debris, and yes, critters,
unless an empty DM was put in place. Hinged floor plates, once emptied, simply need to be snapped shut and all is well. Pun intended.