1918 45 ACP ammo in a stripper clip?
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    1918 45 ACP ammo in a stripper clip?

    I found this while looking thru some old collectible ammo I have. I'm sure that someone here can tell me what this ammo in a five shot stripper clip was used for. Thanks in advance.
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    It looks like a stripper clip for an '03 rifle with .45 ACP on it. The case rims between .45 and a .30-06 are close enough to allow it to work.
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    Some one probably did that just to drive me crazy.
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    When they did it they knew it wouldn't be a drive, but a short putt instead.
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    The Chinese made a copy of the C96 Broomhandle in .45 ACP that used stripper clips. Click here
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    True enough on Broomhandles and strippers in 45acp. However the clip in the pictures is a brass 03 stripper from WW1 and they are fairly common. Later varieties were made in tin and aluminum. But brass ones continued to be issued in WW2 as the ammo was packed in them in bandoleers. I have used them for years to carry spare rounds in my pocket when hunting with an '06. The ones I use are in fact brass.
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    As Snydely said, the two are close enough for it to work well. Someone probably did it just to do it or maybe keep track of some loose ammo. Springfield did in fact experiment with a shortened '03 chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge for close range jungle combat in Haiti and Central America during what was commonly called, "The Banana Wars" 1914-193...4? It would be a longshot to claim these were assembled for one of the experimental '03 Jungle Carbines, but they can be anything anyone wants them to be on e-bay.
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    There were only a very few...maybe single digit quantity...made in 1921 at Springfield Armory at the behest of Julian Hatcher. They were as far as anyone knows, done "off the books" as no official documentation has been found on them...only a few photos and some notes from Hatcher about them. I used to own one but I never was able to show definitively it was one of the few Hatcher had made. It was very professionally built...not some "Bubba" or garage gunsmith doing it. It matched the one shown in photos in several books in all aspects but slightly different in hand guard shaping. I had contacted Bruce Canfield and Scott Duff about authenticating it but they were each unable to do so as no documentation exists or other known examples to compare it to. It was built to Springfield Armory specs and the barrel date was correct...and it was a built from scratch .45 ACP barrel...not a cut-down or recchambered and bored .30-06.

    There was a locally modified series of standard 1903 rifles cut down to carbine length used in Panama...known as "Bushmasters".
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    Good info Snidely. It's been a while since reading about the '03 modified to .45ACP.


 

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