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Well guys, I found what I hope is a good deal. I bought 1600 rounds of 109 gr 9x18 Wolf of Gunbroker, math worked out to 6.71 per box w/o shipping, 7.08 per box shipped. Now the question: I looked at the Makarov ammo sticky here, and it appears that the 109 was replaced by 100 gr. ammo. This is the first run stuff, has the copper colored case not steel, w/ round bullet. So why the change to 100 gr. projectiles, anyone know? Will this stuff be battering my frames into jelly or something??

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pwhited, you got a great deal on some of my favorite 9x18 ammunition. The Wolf coneheads had many reported feeding problems and I wish they would have continued with that round-nose cartridge.

A lot of us have shot a lot of 109-grain and 115-grain through the Makarov. As makarov.com wrote, if you shoot the heavier bullets in the Makarov it's adviseable to use a heavier recoil spring - the 19# or 21#, to lesson the pounding the pistol takes. You'll be able to tell you're shooting a bullet that's heavier than 95-grain but I think the pistol will hold up well.

I think one reason Wolf and Silver Bear quit producing the heavier rounds was the increased importation of the PA-63 and other 9x18 pistols that aren't all steel, such as the FEG SMC 918. It's reported that those don't stand up well to heavier loads.
 

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Fair enough, thanks for the heads up on the spring weight. I have one 19 pound spring, looks like I can get another now. The guy was selling two full cases and a 600 round lot, I wanted both the cases but by the time I got set to 'buy it now' it was gone. Go figure. If I keep buying the stuff I'll never do any of the reloading that's been waiting for me.
 

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Congrats on the good price! The 109 grain is still one of my favorite rounds: no jams and plenty of power in a Mak with 18 lb spring. I fired thousands of rounds in several maks without a hiccup. I did switch one of them to 19lb spring, and the recoil feels a little less strong. You should have no problem using up your 1600 rounds in a genuine Makarov! It does jam in my PA63.
 
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