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    Relatively common problem.
    It could be the clip latch spring. Before purchasing a replacement, you could take out your current spring and give it a stretch. If upon reinstalling the problem is solved, go out and buy a new one because this is definitely not a permanent fix.
    There are other possible causes but this is by far the cheapest to eliminate. It's where I'd start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronGee View Post
    it would keep ejecting after two and sometimes four rounds.
    I wouldn't mess with anything on the rifle. Stop using that clip for a few weeks and keep shooting. If the problem persists with other clips then start the puzzle of parts. If not then sell the clip to someone else...it may work find in his rifle. Many clips are as new and made in China, original markings and all. The can be the problem. Sort and mark them for disposal.
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    Good thinking, Jim.
    OP, go with what he said. Even cheaper than my suggestion!!!

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    A man I know had no end of trouble and couldn't even tell me what was wrong, we isolated the clips that gave trouble and trouble ended. Turned out they were Greek black parkerized so they were easy to find. Didn't bother stripping them, he just moved them on.
    Regards, Jim

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    I had a similar problem with my M1icon doing the same thing. It turns out it was over parked clips I used 0000 steel wool rubbed them down as well as purchase new clips and now I have no more problems.
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    Thanks Jim, I'm going to test out all my clips next range day. I honestly can't remember how many I tried thT day (I think two).

    Today I tested all my clips with snap caps. I could not replicate the problem. Although I think on the day of the problem the clip latch spring may of been stuck down, I was not paying much attention to that then.

    I sorted my clips into Good/Bad. I noticed some would not feed, others worked flawlessly. It seems the clips that are sort of 'bent in' have problems. Wider ones are okay. I hope you can visualize. I'll test out the good ones and see if there is any premature ejecting. And also buy a extra Clip Latch Spring, since they're only $5, good to have one around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronGee View Post
    buy a extra Clip Latch Spring, since they're only $5, good to have one around.
    I'll bet you don't go through it in two lifetimes. They got weak after being left loaded for weeks on end during action...you just won't put the same stresses on it. Sort your clips and keep the good ones. Sell the others on CGN.
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    Take a look at the attached picture. Depending on the clip manufacture and ammo could be causing the spread enbloc

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