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How To Use Mosin Stripper Clips--Mystery Revealed

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Cosmoline, Nov 20, 2006.

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  1. Cosmoline

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    I believe I've solved the longstanding mystery of how to make these suckers work. I picked up these Finnish surplus clips at John Mason. Tapco also has some. They're not the best, but they're not the worst either. So long as the clip holds the cartridges tight enough to keep the rims secure in "wing" position but not so tight to keep them from moving when pushed out, any clip will work with this method. As you pick up the clip you can shape it into the wing position as well. The interruptor should help sort out any locked rims that get through.

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  2. dispatch55126

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    Tried it and got it to work only once.
     
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    I'll give it a try tomorrow.

    I just invited my downstairs neighbor(and co worker) to go shooting with me tomorrow. We were talking about guns at work, he has an M44 and stripper clips but no ammo. I have an M38, enough ammo to start and finish a war, but no stripper clips.
     
  4. Cosmoline

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    Well do whatever you did when it worked. Keep in mind that some strippers are so substandard they won't function with any method. They're just crude bits of sheet metal roughly folded into position. The copper ones are OK, as are these Tikka. The actual Russian military ones are probably the best.

    Remember to follow through with your thumb all the way down, and place the cartridge down into place. Only then allow the top cartridge's nose to drop. This should ensure it doesn't rimlock.
     
  5. dispatch55126

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    I can see how it would work though. It seems to me part of the problem is the rim wedges in the clip track and the harder you push the harder it would wedge in the clip. If the rims were lines up flat and gently pushed down, it might work. I'll try and get back.
     
  6. Cosmoline

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    The trick there is to not push too hard on the clip itself. Otherwise you can wedge it in and the steel of the clip compresses and blocks the cartridge rims. Just seat it, and then shift the thumb over to the top cartridge, while pulling the tip up. It leverages down nicely and the first four should slide right down under the interruptor.
     
  7. Jim K

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    I must be missing something. I have shot an M-N a fair amount using stripper clips and have never had any problems. That is the nice thing about that rifle, it doesn't matter how the rims stack up, the second through fifth cartridges are released to the bolt only when the bolt is turned down to lock on the previous round.

    Cosmoline is right on the clip. You never push on the clip, only on the cartridges. On any clip loading rifle, if you have to hold the clip in place while loading, you are using the wrong clip. But the M-N is one of the few (maybe the only) clip loaded rifles where the clip doesn't pop out when the bolt is rammed forward to chamber the first round.

    Jim
     
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    I guess I'll have to go to the range and practice...too bad:rolleyes:
     
  9. Hoppy590

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    anybody know were to get good strippers. i got a rifle. and i got the ammo. but i lack the clips :( i did tape 5 rounds together and load them like that once. :evil: just for practice
     
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    I have the crappy clips, from a guy on the forums called 97guns (beware), and the trick Cosmoline recommended does not work.

    jm
     
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    I picked up a 20 pack from e-bay. Their steel and came oil soaked and wrapped in thin plastic. Seemed MilSurp to me.
     
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    dispatch55126, you've got the same thing I've got. Most likely if they came in a box it said "compression tool" or the like on it. They're trash, but alot of people have been getting ripped off by unscrupulous vendors advertising them as having been pulled right off the Hungarian ammo in the tin. :scrutiny:

    jm
     
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    The brass ones are pretty good, generally. I put just a LIGHT coat of motor oil on the clips themselves and they like to slide in with out me having to cuss them in... most the time.
     
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    What about the clips from Tickbite Supply? I've heard mixed things about them.
     
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    Cosmo, are those some of your Woodleigh handloads in the pics?
     
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    The most recent batch I got from them were indeed Tikka clips. Earlier Tapco clips were not. The ones pictured on their current webpage are Tikka:

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    You can see the triangle T on the back. I confirmed this with Ted "54R" himself. Though I have no idea how many they have in stock or when they're going to sell out of them. They appear to be divesting themselves of Mosin parts.

    No, those are 180 SP's sold under the Winchester brand. I believe they're made by S&B for Winchester with boxer primed brass. They're a good all-around load.
     
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    Mmmm, crow tastes yummy.... :eek:
     
  20. Cosmoline

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    Well there's no doubt earlier Tapco clips were horrible. Nobody seems to know how the Tikka clips suddenly started showing up, but I would grab them fast before they're gone. Those and the copper ones work well with the above method.
     
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    Here is the quickest and easiest way to tell if your strippers will work or jam up hopelessly. :eek:


    You'll notice that turned on end, the John Masen clips will match the one on the left.

    EK
     
  22. Third_Rail

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    I just ordered a dozen packs of the clips, we'll see how they work in my Mosins. :)

    Hopefully I get the Tikka clips! If I do, I may very well just take making a die to press them into my own hands, since that previous project fell through completely.
     
  23. pbhome71

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    I also order a couple from Tapco.

    I will report back when I get them.

    -Pat.
     
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    My order should be shipping Friday, so I may get it Monday. If I do, I'll be posting here with results.


    If these clips are the good ones, I'll be basically buying them out at $3/5. :D
     
  25. pbhome71

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    Got mine from TAPCO yesterday 11/25

    Here's the picture...

    They look like they have Tikka marking on them.

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