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Makarov if you MUST do 9mm !

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Owlcreekok, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Owlcreekok

    Owlcreekok New Member

    I am a very strong proponent of the 9mm chamberings. It is, after all a very economical round. When one finishes a session of practice with a 9mm, one has only to iron out the dents in the paper targets and stow them for the next trip to the range.


    (One would never surmise that I am a staunch 1911-.45 ACP afficinado)


    I trim 9x19 brass to 9 Makarov length, prime, pour a whole TWO GRAINS of Bullseye in, seat a 90 gr cast RN innit and have a dern blast. Or maybe I should say I have a "POP".

    As far as I am concerned, the MAK is a fine pistol and the round is a happy compromise when one wants a compact carry piece AND some authority.

    I have tested the above recipe, albiet using THREE grains of Bullseye by shooting a stack of wet newspaper. I did not take time to record the depth of penetration in terms of inches, millimetres or even hectophosphoincrements. I can tell ya this: those little balls went far enough that I would rather not be shot with one.

    For the sake of maintaining a decent reputation, I won't reveal that I have chucked those 90 gr cast bullets in my lathe and made hollow points out of them. No telling what you guys would think of me if I let that out.


  2. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
  3. ambidextrous1

    ambidextrous1 Member

    I agree, the Makarov is a nice rig - especially for instructing new shooters. The weight of the gun reduces felt recoil, and mine is quite reliable.

    Having said that, it's getting a bit dated because of its size & weight.
  4. txpete

    txpete Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    ft hood
    wow I also reload
  5. Reinz

    Reinz Active Member

    Sep 5, 2014
    East TX
    Deleted- saw the dead date after posting.

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