With dies and components being as scarce as they are presently, I have found myself with a Makarov (9x18), appropriate bullets and brass, but no dies to load 9mm Makarov with.
Is it possible to seat .365 bullets with a 9x19 seating die? I'm not worried about powder drop, sizing or case flaring just yet, but until I can get the proper dies I will have no way to shoot my new pistol for a long time. All help is appreciated!
If you enjoyed reading about "Reloading 9mm Mak" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
April 14, 2013, 09:06 AM
9mm (9x19) dies will not work for reloading 9x18. The 9x18 (9mm Mak) uses a .365" diameter bullet while the 9x19 (9mm) uses a .356" diameter bullet. Not only that but the 9x18 case is bigger in diameter than the 9x19.
Marlin 45 carbine
April 14, 2013, 09:40 AM
have you checked Lee for a set of dies? mine is Lee, would'nt think 9mm mak dies are unobtainable
April 14, 2013, 11:56 AM
Marlin, I've checked everywhere. Everyone is sold out that I can find. Midway has an approximate in stock date of 5/30/13.
April 14, 2013, 12:03 PM
If all you lack is the seating die, a 9mm Luger die might work. How are you going to crimp them?
You can also try .38 S&W. I don't know if it'll work or not, but it's close.
April 14, 2013, 12:05 PM
I hadn't quite got to the crimping part of things, but I figure if I don't flare the case then there's nothing to crimp. The round headspaces off the mouth, so it should only need a light taper crimp at best.