First Reloads for the 7.62x25mm Tokarev

The 7.62x25mm Tokarev is a bottle-necked pistol cartridge that was first adopted by the Russian military in 1930. This round is based on the 7.63 Mauser round that was used in the C96 pistol. The 7.62mm Tokarev cartridge was used in the TT series of pistols as well as the PPS sub machine gun by the Russians. Additionally, many other countries followed Russia and adopted the 7.62mm Tokarev cartridge. The gun that I am shooting is a Yugoslavian M57 based on the Russian TT design. The 7.62mm Tokarev is mostly known for its bottle-neck and its high velocity. It is common for 7.62 Tokarev ammo to exceed 1500 fps and 1800 fps can be reached.

I have decided to start reloading for the Tokarev and purchased the following:

Lee 7.62 Tokarev Dies

Lee 7.62 Tokarev Factory Crimp Die

Hornady 90gr. XTP .309″

Winchester 296 powder

WSP primers

I am using the Lee Classic Turret press and I started with a very low charge and I am working my way up. I want to make sure that the gun will function with the XTP bullets and check signs of stress before proceeding to the higher velocity loading. This video is Part 1 in a series of video’s that I plan on making using the 7.62mm Tokarev cartridge.


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I spent a whole summer trying out loads for the Tokarev with a bunch of powder and bullet combinations, it’s a fun round to load. My dad and I bought our Lee die sets at the same time and both had the same problem…sized brass would not pass the “plunk” test falling in and out of the chamber. I had five different Tokarevs and two CZ 52’s to test with. The brass would fit fine in the ’52 barrel but not in any of the Tokarevs, and that was with 3 Yugos and 2 Romanian. We found that the body… Read more »


Do not ‘monkey’ with less than recommended loads using the W296…that powder will not tolerate it.
Nice pistol though, looks like Browning had some influence on their designer.

Mike Treen
Mike Treen

That’s the bad thing with 296/H110 powder. Very narrow band of usable weight.

Loads of Bacon
Loads of Bacon

Awesome! Looks like a fun little pistol. It’s good you can keep it fed.