1903A3 Stripper Clips


August 1, 2013, 08:18 PM
Hey ya'll, quick question, can I use M1A stripper clips to function in a 1903A3 rifle? I know I can buy 03 specific clips, but their a bit more expensive that M1A clips, which also seem much more plentiful.


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August 1, 2013, 09:55 PM
I don't know about M1A clips, but Swedish mauser strippers work great in my 1903. libertytreecollectors.com has them $24 for a box of 40.


August 1, 2013, 11:13 PM
PM returned morcey. I'll look at that link.

August 1, 2013, 11:16 PM
IIRC, the M14 clips will work, just not as well. The M14 clips have only one bump on each side at the midpoint of the clip. Therefore, they don't align themselves as well as the 03 clips which have two bumps per side, closer to either end.

As Morcey said, just about any Mauser clip should work since their alignment bumps are all the same.

August 1, 2013, 11:40 PM
M14 clips will work fine.

August 1, 2013, 11:44 PM
Thanks ya'll, I'll stick with Mauser or genuine Springfield clips. I know I will enjoy loading faster.... uhm tactical reloads.....:rolleyes:

August 1, 2013, 11:57 PM
Stainless Swedish Mauser clips are the way to go. Better than USGI, and they actually work properly unlike the the M14 clips.

August 2, 2013, 01:45 AM
The GI steel two piece 1903 clips are practically disposable. The end tabs break off easily and the metal corrodes by looking at it funny.

Still they can often be had in 'bulk' and nowhere near the cost of the brass ones made for Mausers.

August 2, 2013, 04:44 AM
Sadly, those originals are no longer priced like they are disposable. The M-14 ones are still plentiful, among those who have them--and they usually have them in too great a quantity.

The later 7.62x51 strippers do not have stop in the right place, so they try to slide into the mag with the rounds. With some practice, you can get, mostly, a one-hand load from one; but the first time you try with a proper "two nub" Cal..30 stripper, you'll not want to go back.

Somewhere in my collection of stuff I've a pair of 1903 strippers stamped ".257"

August 2, 2013, 12:22 PM
Swedish mauser strippers will work along with many other small-ring mauser clips (spanish M93, etc..) but many of the clips for large-ring mausers won't. I've tried turk, yugo, and czech clips without success in 1903's. They're too narrow and the bumps are in the wrong place.


August 2, 2013, 01:59 PM
I use swedish mauser strippers in my 1903s and they work fairly well.

I haven't done a LOT of shooting with them, though. If you run around with them they often drop rounds off the ends of the strippers.


August 2, 2013, 02:16 PM
The Swedish Mauser clips are the way to go. Been using them for years and have sold thousands of them over the years to M1903/A3 and M1917 shooters.


August 2, 2013, 05:31 PM
I am curious, when running/moving over obstacles, what keeps the rounds from falling out of the clip?

August 2, 2013, 05:38 PM
Spring tension. There's a bent spring that puts pressure against the rims. You can see it in my last pic. Not a flawless system but better than the one-use retainer tabs that break off if you try to re-bend/re-use them.

August 2, 2013, 05:47 PM
Yep. Mauser clips from LibertyTreeCollectors.com.

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