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Bulgarian Makarov - Wolf spring?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JonB, Mar 4, 2016.

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  1. JonB

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    I just ordered a Bulgarian Makarov to have something a bit different for the range and reloading. Question is should I go with the 19 or 21 pound Wolf recoil spring as a replacement?
     
  2. Monac

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    I did not know that Bulgarian Makarov recoil springs needed replacement ASAP. Is this one of the reasons the East German Maks are considered superior?
     
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    German Maks are superior from a fit and finish standpoint. They basically had better production methods.

    When you get a surplus gun, a lot of people like to get a new set of sprigs for it, especially if they plan to do a lot of shooting with it. It's not as much of a "need", it's more of a "want". Plus the OP is referring to heavier weight recoil springs than normally come with the gun. On a blowback gun, a heavier spring also helps tame recoil (though the Mak isn't really a heavy recoiling gun).

    OP: if you're planning on doing hotter reloads or suppressing the gun, go with the heavy recoil spring. Otherwise a normal weight should be fine.
     
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    Many folks have settled on the 19# spring for general shooting and the 21# spring if you plan to shoot the hotter loads. I use the 19# in my shooting Makarovs. The original is closer to 17# and will work just fine but for peace of mind.........
     
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    Thanks, Telekinesis! I thought maybe there was a problem I had not heard about. I have a Chinese commercial Makarov; I'd like to compare it with an East German one sometime.
     
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    Thanks Telekinesis and lincen- you are spot on. With modern factory ammo that is loaded closer to 380, I think the standard would be fine. But I've read for reloads and taming recoil a heavier spring doesn't hurt. Plus I suspect the wife may like the Mak so softer recoil is a plus. I'll order the 19#

    Also isn't some ammo like Barnaul a little hotter? I plan on converting 9x19 cases to 9x18, but if I can find 9x18 locally I'll grab it too.
     
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    i would determine which load you intend to fire from your makarov, and then try out different springs with that load to find the one that works the best
     
  8. joneb

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    I would run a 19# spring it helps keep the brass closer. The wolff springs are inexpensive get all three.
    These guns are around 50 years old I would try to find all spring replacements including the main spring.
     
  9. Monac

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    I thought the Bulgarians were still manufacturing Makarovs. Are their guns also old military stock?
     
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    I don't believe anyone is producing Makarovs now.
     
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    I tried both. I liked the 19 much better than the stock or the 21.
     
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