February 10, 2010, 04:38 PM
I recently acquired a Romanian Tokarev, and I was wondering if one can shoot the 7.63 Mauser round in it. I have looked at the dimensions of the two cartidges and they are nearly identical. The only difference being that the Mauser round has a bullet diameter of 1/50th of a millimeter larger. Anyone ever try it out, and are there any dangers or concerns with doing so? Thanks
February 10, 2010, 05:01 PM
The Germans did it all the time during World War II. That said, it's not exactly a good idea. It may be SAFE, but it's not good for the gun. As cheap as Tokarev ammo is, it's better to just buy the real thing.
February 10, 2010, 10:08 PM
It's just the "ghost of rusty gun past" from my youth that has me so hesitant about shooting corrosive ammo. Navy Arms back in the day had "noncorrosive" ammo for .303 british back in the 90's that turned out to be rather corrosive as I discovered after cleaning the gun the regular way and putting it up for a week. Those Romanian TTC's have a lot of nooks and crannies for the dreaded rust to breed. Its just in so good of shape, that I would hate for me to miss some tiny important spot.:uhoh:
February 10, 2010, 11:16 PM
They are the same round, you can shoot any 7.63 Mauser in any 7.62 Tokarev gun. Some say that Tokarev ammo is always hotter and you should avoid using Tokarev in a Mauser gun. I don't believe that is always the case, but what you are considering is A-OK.
February 10, 2010, 11:54 PM
Look for the specs, wikipedia is a good place to start, look at the load data and pressure, both are European so you should be able to find a CIP standard for the rounds, also many say that the tok, esp the Czech SMG or the mysterious (depends on source, may be bulgi or rommy) "hot" lot would be very bad for your 1k Mauser.
February 11, 2010, 12:02 AM
If you strip the gun and dump the pieces into a bucket of hot Balistol solution or hot soapy water, you won't have to worry about missing any corrosive residue. It's what I do with mine and it is rust-free despite being fired with nothing but corrosive ammo.