Reloading the 9x18 Makarov Cartridge - Load Data for WW231 powder

Bullet Type National Bullet 95 gr copper-washed lead round nose
Case Starline
Primer Winchester WSP
Cartridge Overall Length 25 mm

Powder Charge (gr) MV (ft/s) Std Dev (ft/s) ME (ft-lbs) Comments
3.4 837 9.63 148 Good starting load
3.5 879 30.64 163 Consistency not good
3.6 902 16.17 172 Good solid target load
3.8 955 16.71 192 Heavy but not abusive
2.5 641 28.9 91 see note (1)

General Comments:
The National Bullet copper-washed LRN makes a cheap, fun plinking load. The copper-washing reduces the amount of leading in the bore over regular cast LRN bullets. I've grown quite fond of these in many calibers.

(1) This load was intended as a low-noise CBee-type load for dispatching pests (e.g. rabbits munching on your garden), etc. without alerting the neighbors. This load isn't quite there in terms of low noise, but it's getting better. The gun cycled all but one round (stovepipe), so a 15# spring might be in order. I'll take this down a bit more since there appears to be some room to go on the low end.

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