Reloading the 9x18 Makarov Cartridge - Load Data for HS6 powder

Bullet Type Sierra 95 grain JHP
Case Starline
Primer Winchester WSP
Cartridge Overall Length 24.0 mm

Powder Charge (gr) MV (ft/s) Std Dev (ft/s) ME (ft-lbs) Comments
5.9 942 29.3 187 Nice solid load
5.9 911 17.3 175 Same as previous but fired from FEG SMC-918
6.1 980 17.4 203 Very nice load. COAL was 23.6 mm for this one.

General Comments:
This is very similar to the Hornady 95 gr JHP/XTP load. I have some ambitions of taking this one up to a little over 1000 ft/s so that it comes close the Cor Bon 9x18M load. Cor Bon appears to use the Sierra 95 gr JHP bullet for their loads. I have not shot this at night, but I suspect HS6 burns slower than the low-flash Cor Bon powder.

As expected, the shorter barreled FEG SMC-918 produces lower muzzle velocity. I'll need a faster powder to produce Cor Bon type velocities for this little gun.

I'll probably try to take this one to about 6.3 grains based on what I found and comments from a fellow shooter who has had success with this.

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