Good cartridge for 9x18?

Good cartridge for 9x18?

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    Good cartridge for 9x18?

    The Russian 9x18 Makarov seems right for my wife. Size/weight etc are good for her. But I can't seem to find a good cartridge (Hydro-shok, etc.). Any suggestions?


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    Below is a link to Cheaper Than Dirt.com you can use it as a reference for different makers. I have a couple of boxes of the Critical Defense ammo, as well as a stockpile of JHP ammo from Georgia Arms. I would stay away from the Russian Bear ammo for defensive use.

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    +1 on Critical Defense ammo. Ammunitiontogo.com is another good source. Local gun store (not big box stores) may have some - Hornady, Winchester, and others (including the Russians) have loadings for 9x18, though mostly ball ammo.
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    Underwood Ammo is producing some nice looking 9x18 JHP ammo, but I haven't had a chance to shoot any.

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    While adequate as a SD round, it is on the lower end of the spectrum. Penetration is marginally better than the .380, so FMJs may be more viable than HPs. The biggest limitation of the 9x18 is the lack of ammo choices. Critical Defence will work, but in some guns it doesn't feed well.
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    Yes, my guns would feed .380 and 9mm ball, but the .380 didn't like the Hornady XTP.

    The CZ82 fed the 9 MAK XTP load just fine.

    I carried the smaller CZs for a couple of summers before they came out with the RAMI in 9mm.

    With the ceasing of making the CZ83. Many people wanting a CZ82 or CZ83 might be asking the same ammo question.

    These days I'd look at this in .380




    ...but keep the XTP in mind for any MAK chambered guns.

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    I am of the same persuasion. The CZ82 will certainly feed dependably with FMJ. That's all I have ever used, and it has never missed a lick. For years I have been carrying a CZ82 concealed in a shoulder harness.

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    While adequate as a SD round, it is on the lower end of the spectrum. Penetration is marginally better than the .380, so FMJs may be more viable than HPs. The biggest limitation of the 9x18 is the lack of ammo choices. Critical Defence will work, but in some guns it doesn't feed well.
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    https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...duct_list&c=64

    IMO: The best loadings there are for a 9x18 Mak for use in the CZ-82.

    I use the hard cast 110 grain as I want it to be able to penetrate coats and still do its job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chorizo View Post
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    IMO: The best loadings there are for a 9x18 Mak for use in the CZ-82.

    I use the hard cast 110 grain as I want it to be able to penetrate coats and still do its job.
    I carry an East German Makarov. Don't use anything other than FMJs--you'll need the extra penetration.
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    I keep my CZ-82 in the glove box as the "car gun." It has fired several hundred rounds of Russian Silver Bear 9mm Mak. ammo without a single misfire.

    Before the current ammo shortage, JG in Arizona sold this Russian ammo at good prices.

    I concur with the posts above that fmj is a good choice.

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