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noyo55
02-26-2010, 11:46 AM
Well--I went and bought the wife another pistol, East German Makarov, in really fine condition.Looking through various ammunition vendors I see Silver Bear,Prvi Partizan, Seller& Bellot, Fiocchi.These were available in 500 rd. lots which would be what I would buy at some point. Like anyone else I would like the biggest bang for my buck.Silver Bear looks to be the least expensive but I'm an old guy and brass=ammunition! Any one have anything to say re the Prvi Partizan? Winchester would be my choice if sold in 500rd. lots but I could not find it.

paul0660
02-26-2010, 11:49 AM
Combloc guns are made to run on steel case. I have had good luck with every type of ammo EXCEPT Wolf which had faulty primers.

caldude
02-26-2010, 2:09 PM
While I haven't used their 9x18 ammo, I have used other calibers of Privi Partizan, Sellier & Bellot, and Fiocchi. They are all good IMO.

boink
02-26-2010, 2:14 PM
http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/catalog1/product_info.php/pName/500rds-9x18-makarov-fiocchi-95gr-fmj-ammo/cName/9x18-makarov-fmj-ammo

500 rounds of Fiocchi 9x18 mak for $164 (on sale). Also they have 50 rounds for $16. I'm a big fiocchi fan.

elsolo
02-26-2010, 3:47 PM
When I bough a Mak, I also felt the need to immediately acquire 500 rds of 9x18 ammo.
I still have half that ammo left after owning the Mak for 5 yrs.
It's a good little gun, but not one that I find pleasurable for high volume target shooting. It's tested, works 100%, and fills it's role in my collection.

Steel case is fine, that is what it was designed for. Unless you plan to reload 9x18, don't pay more for brass cases. (or if you shoot at some range that forbids steel or aluminum cases)

Out of the brands the OP mentioned, I would be 100% comfortable with:
Prvi Partizan, Fiocchi, or Seller& Bellot (in that order)

I wouldn't hesitate to buy:
CCI Blaser, Federal American Eagle, Hornady, Wolf, or Barnaul

CA357
02-26-2010, 3:58 PM
FWIW, I have a CZ82 and the Fiocchi performs best in it.

D-FENS
02-26-2010, 4:13 PM
The gun is made for steel cased ammo. Everything you listed is good. Just stay away from the lacquer coated wolf (but that goes for any caliber).

aermotor
02-26-2010, 4:43 PM
I'd buy the Fiocchi as it should range safe everywhere and is actually a really good price.

Cos
02-26-2010, 8:48 PM
I am shooting Silver Bear & Wolf. Wolf is getting more expensive lately, but Silver Bear still stays cheap. You still can get it at 0.20/round. The great thing about any Mak - it doesn't care about the ammo: and it is especially happy with steal cases.

Never had a single issue with my Mac - great little gun. You need to learn how to shoot it properly though: the ergonomics of the gun is a bit different from say a Glock or a Beretta and it implies different grip and position of a weak hand. But no worries - you'll run a coupla hundreds rounds through it and be just fine :-)

Cos
02-26-2010, 8:50 PM
Almost twice the cost of Silver Bear 94gr HP which it available at $190 for 1000 :-)

Waterfowler
02-26-2010, 10:00 PM
Almost twice the cost of Silver Bear 94gr HP which it available at $190 for 1000 :-)

If ya don't mind me asking. Where does one score that deal? :cool2:

Cos
02-26-2010, 10:32 PM
Not at all :-) check this out http://www.sgammo.com/index.php/cPath/1_35

They also have 200 for $40 which is a bit more expensive though...

There's a couple of sites where you can look for ammo deals:
www.gun-deals.com
www.ammoengine.com

aermotor
02-26-2010, 11:20 PM
Wolf/Silver imo will gunk your stuff up. Fiocchi is clean, good stuff

Cos
02-27-2010, 12:03 AM
With all due respect this is one baseless allegation: I have shot hundreds of Wolf and Silver Bear rounds through my Mak without a single fault of any sort. On a single occasion I put about 300 rounds in a single day without cleaning the gun until I got back home. The cleaning took the whole 15 minutes with nothing but CLP.

Yes, the gun was dirty, but I would love to see yours after 300 of any other kind of ammo run through :)

lazs
02-27-2010, 11:52 AM
bought three maks for $150 each a while back. At the same time (a few years ago) *I bought 4,000 rounds of barnul hollow point and wolf solids at the princely sum of about $90 a thousand. All is steel cased ammo.

I cleaned the cosmoline off all the guns with paint thinner and oiled em and shot 400 rounds in each of em without cleaning em.. not one failure of any kind.

I have shot about half the original 4,000 rounds at this point and have never had any failure of any kind.

They are not target guns and they are heavy but they shoot as accurately as most of the plastic guns. they are easy to fieldstrip and very robust guns.. they are blowback tho so they kick more than one would expect for a 9mm much less one that is slightly less powerful than a 9x19

tac
02-27-2010, 11:58 AM
I have an old Tokarev and exclusively shoot the Winchester factory ammo through it.

Midwayusa has some good deals .

jmlivingston
02-27-2010, 12:39 PM
S&B and Fiocchi are both good to go in 9x18, I've used both with no problems. The cases reload well, too.

Waterfowler
02-27-2010, 1:00 PM
Not at all :-) check this out http://www.sgammo.com/index.php/cPath/1_35

They also have 200 for $40 which is a bit more expensive though...

There's a couple of sites where you can look for ammo deals:
www.gun-deals.com
www.ammoengine.com

Thanks Cos. It's the FMJ that's $190 though, the HP is $219.

Cos
02-27-2010, 1:06 PM
Yup, exactly my point: these are military guns - they eat anything and are happy as a puppy :-)

noyo55
02-28-2010, 9:16 AM
Thanks for all the input guys.The forum saves a lot of footwork--lots of experience and expertise out there! tom