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Old 03-28-2004, 04:57 AM   #11
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Never mind. I just fixed it. It's amazing what you can do with a Dremel tool, a felt polishing tip and some polishing compound.
 
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Old 03-28-2004, 05:44 AM   #12
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Silver Bear is "internet rumored" to be inconsistant in quality, size and ballistics......

In my own experience its the only ammo Ive had that has locked up guns (barrel/slide/frame) by overexpanding in the chamber, locking in place and thus........not being very nice to me.

My recommendation is use Barnaul.

Shoot well.
 
Old 03-28-2004, 05:59 AM   #13
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Silver Bear is "internet rumored" to be inconsistant in quality, size and ballistics......

In my own experience its the only ammo Ive had that has locked up guns (barrel/slide/frame) by overexpanding in the chamber, locking in place and thus........not being very nice to me.

My recommendation is use Barnaul.

Shoot well.
What about Wolf ammo? I've heard conflicting stories on that ammo as well. In several different calibers too.
 
 
Old 03-29-2004, 02:29 AM   #14
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I have some Silver Bear 120 JHP rounds, and my Bulgarian Mak does not like them at the top of the magazine. They hang up on the feed ramp EVERY time. To get them to feed, I have to tap the bottom of the magazine.

Anyone have any suggestions??
As simple as it may sound, my suggestion is that if the ammo don't work, DON'T USE IT!
The Maks are all designed to function reliably around a 95 gr FMJ round. There are several JHP rounds out there, and there are the heavier 105gr, 115gr and 120 gr rounds. The issue that keeps coming up is that in some of the pistols, the heavier rounds feed OK; in some of the pistols, they do not. This typically has to do with slight dimensional varitions in the overall length of the cartridge.
One can polish the feed ramp (a good thing) but in the end, one had better find a round that functions reliably. Otherwise, when the BG shows up, all you have is about a 1.7 lb rock!
 
Old 04-14-2004, 06:18 AM   #15
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I second Teakwood. The Barnaul JHP has yet to fail me in any of my Maks, and as inexpensive as it is I plink and carry the same round.

Noah
 
Old 04-23-2004, 04:06 PM   #16
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Got to agree, the SILVER BEARSHIT HP is junk IMO. Gave it a try in my EG Mak that has NEVER hiccuped on me. After 2 mags I was freakin pissed. All it done was jam and stovepipe. Incidentally the 9mm luger SILVER BEARSHIT HP is worse IMO, not only does it jam, stove pipe, but it (case) has been stuck in the chamber of 3 different 9's that I own. Luckily I carry a pretty complete tool/range bag and could get them out. I thought it was just one pistol, but it turned out to be the SILVER BEARSHIT HP ammo. If I had to depend on SILVER BEARSHIT for self defense I would just throw the pistol at my attacker.

The best Mak ammo I have ever found is the green box Russian, I believe it is LVE.
 
Old 04-23-2004, 05:54 PM   #17
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After I polished the feed ramp, the 120 Silver Bear feeds like a dream. But I'm still not going to get anymore. I only have what I have as it was sold to me with the Mak when I bought it.

I'm wondering if the 95 grain stuff is any lighter in it's recoil??
 
Old 04-24-2004, 05:14 AM   #18
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I have some Silver Bear 120 JHP rounds, and my Bulgarian Mak does not like them at the top of the magazine. They hang up on the feed ramp EVERY time. To get them to feed, I have to tap the bottom of the magazine.

Anyone have any suggestions??
Yeah - DON'T USE THAT AMMO IF IT DON'T WORK IN THE PISTOL!
 
Old 04-24-2004, 05:54 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Al Lowe
I have some Silver Bear 120 JHP rounds, and my Bulgarian Mak does not like them at the top of the magazine. They hang up on the feed ramp EVERY time. To get them to feed, I have to tap the bottom of the magazine.

Anyone have any suggestions??
Yeah - DON'T USE THAT AMMO IF IT DON'T WORK IN THE PISTOL!
But it DOES work. HELLO?? Knock, knock. Haven't read ALL my messages, have you. I polished the feed ramp, NOW THEY WORK.

Sheesh.
 
Old 04-24-2004, 06:42 AM   #20
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Al, sorry I missed the bit about the feeding being a non-problem now.
ops:
"I'm wondering if the 95 grain stuff is any lighter in it's recoil??"

IMHO, the 95 gr is considerably kinder in the recoil department. Frankly, with the various feeding and FTF problems I have encountered over the years with 109 gr and heavier, I stick with the 95 gr FMJ and JHP.

The recoil from the heavier bullets is not so much a problem in the all-steel Makarovs, but in the PA-63 the heavier recoil can lead to cracking in the alloy frame.

Whatever lights your fire.
 
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