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Russian Stripper Clips

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by velocette, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. velocette

    velocette Well-Known Member

    I mean the stripper clips used to load a Mosin Nagant. They really are a clip for ammunition, not a magazine.
    Anyhow, they are an easy way to load these Russian flamethrowers. The only problem is that when you put each round into the clip, you must make certain that each successive round has its rim ahead of the round below it.
    Failing to do this will result in the round rim-locking. That is its rim being behind the rim of the round underneath it, thus locking up the action.
    You-all already know how I learned this little fact.
    I have now reloaded 40 rds of ammo for my Mosey, placed them all in clips and am ready to head to the range - - - - - next week, after the weekend crowds go back to work.

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  2. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Made me look :)

    But as to the topic, I have never been able to get then to work right, guess I need some more practice.
  3. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    It depends on the Mosin, actually. Believe it or not, the Mosin Nagant has a device that's meant to prevent rim locking from misaligned case heads. However, on many of them it doesn't work properly due to poor tolerances and the fact that this wasn't considered a manufacturing priority.
  4. Jeremy2171

    Jeremy2171 Well-Known Member

    Mosins don't require the rounds to be stacked in the clip in any order to load them....once they are "charged" into the magazine...the "interruptor-ejector" will hold the 2nd round down out of the way while the top round is chambered.

    Very ingenious device that solves the "rim-lock" problem.
  5. kis2

    kis2 Well-Known Member

    If this was a poll, I'd have voted 'yes'.

    Seriously though, I think stripper clips, regardless of the firearm, are a mild art form that take time to get proficient at. good luck!
  6. Caliper_Mi

    Caliper_Mi Well-Known Member

    Nah, the trick is all in pushing them into the rifle. The rounds need to be angled pointing upwards (away from the rifle). I've never paid attention to how I put the rounds into the clip, just load like this guy:

    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v.../?action=view&current=MidWesternShoot2054.mp4 (courtesy of www.surplusrifle.com)
  7. Jeremy2171

    Jeremy2171 Well-Known Member

  8. Sebastian the Ibis

    Sebastian the Ibis Well-Known Member

    With a Mosin I always found that the trick to loading them was to use the back of bullet to push another into the mag. Mosin have a nasty habit of crushing my thumbnail if I load them with a finger.
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  9. M91/30

    M91/30 Well-Known Member

    I personally love my clips. I bought some Finish surplus ones and they didn't work well,
    but I then ventured out and bought a bunch of reproduction ones. I think i got 150 of them for like 17$

    Anyways Ive always loaded em rim over rim by tipping the first bullet down(my clips allow the bullet to tilt in the clip)
    Then insert the next under that ones rim and repeat till full. I can load a clip in just a few seconds.

    As far as inserting them into the rifle there are 2 ways I do it.
    First of all when loading them you'll notice that if you loaded them like I explained above that they will all be at an angle.
    Insert the clip into the rifle's slots and grab the top bullet by its "bullet" with your index and put your thumb on the casing.
    Push down and your done. The second way is to pretty much follow step 1 but karate chop them in.
    Another key thing ive noticed about the clips is that you must bend them to have the tension you want.
    Really tight is nice for keeping the rounds in the clip without rattling or movement but you sacrifice ease of loading.
    And vice versa for loose. Ive heard that clips that don't feature sqaured off edges tend to be poor loaders.

    As a side note I practiced loading with them for several days until i got it down.

    Let me know if anyone has any questions (A PM might be a good way to get my attention) and I will help as I can.
    Pics can be taken as needed. And I do want to keep my clips but would part with my Finnish ones.
  10. alemonkey

    alemonkey Well-Known Member

    On Mosins I've always had good luck as long as I push the rounds all the way down, past the interrupter. Like WardenWolf mentioned, the Mosin magazine has an ingenious device that prevents rim lock. I've never had to bother with stacking the rims in a particular order.

    Now on a Lee-Enfield it's a different story. No matter how I stack them I get rim lock about 50% of the time. I guess that's more of an art.
  11. Jeremy2171

    Jeremy2171 Well-Known Member

    It helps if you are using real Russian ones...mine came in early 50s dated Russian ammo. Works great no bending or tweaking is needed....

  12. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Aim Surplus had some Polish ammo which came on clips. I'm glad I bought a can. It works ok, and now I have the clips. :)

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