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Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby rimfireOH » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:41 am

I'm a newer reloader and am having good success with 9x19 Luger. I also shoot 9x18mm Makarov. I see that Mak dies exist -- is that necessary or can I just use my existing 9mm dies and adjust them for the shorter Makarov cartridges?

I'm also wondering if it would be useful to have a dedicated setup (one for Luger and one for Makarov). What are the forum's thoughts?
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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby Morne » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:03 am

Makarov is a slightly different diameter - it's not just shorter. Don't think your luger dies will work.
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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby rimfireOH » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:19 am

Morne wrote:Makarov is a slightly different diameter - it's not just shorter. Don't think your luger dies will work.

That's probably why they exist. Ok thanks, I'll go acquire a set.
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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby Brian D. » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:49 pm

Makarov is a few thousandths larger diameter than Luger/Parabellum.
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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby cpg » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:46 pm

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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby Brian D. » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:21 pm

I looked it up: 9mm Parabellum bullets are about 0.355" in diameter, Makarov is 0.365".
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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby rimfireOH » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:22 am

Thanks, all -- I think I'd shoot my Makarov more if I had easier access to ammunition, so I went ahead and purchased the dies for that caliber.

Thank you.
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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby willbird » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:07 am

Lee sells a 9x18 trimmer, and you can trim 9x19, expand, load with proper bullet, and fire.

You will want to keep the brass separate though.


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Re: Using 9mm Luger dies for 9mm Makarov?

Postby rimfireOH » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:44 pm

willbird wrote:Lee sells a 9x18 trimmer, and you can trim 9x19, expand, load with proper bullet, and fire.


Thank you. I've purchased the die set (should be here today). I have a pretty large collection of 9x18 brass already, so I think I'll stick with those.

Thanks, all, for the helpful comments!
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