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I think the blurring may have occurred early on with regards to handguns. Considering some designs, like the original broom handle Mauser, actually loaded through the top using a stripper clip.
Although for the life of me I don't know how that transferred to American gun culture unless it was early movies and dime novels.

With regards to rifles like has been said the early repeaters loaded via stripper clips and the clip term soldered on.
 
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