Escape from Tarkov does a great job reflecting the real-life ballistics and ammunition behavior. Bullets drop off over distance, lose velocity while traveling through the air, ricochet after impact, have a chance to fragment after entering the body, and so on. Understanding these gun-play mechanics is vital for in-game success, but it does not guarantee it. The other, maybe even more important, component of a successful raid is the right choice of ammo. Every Weapon available in the EfT has a variety of compatible cartridges and these cartridges have different properties that determine their combat effectiveness.
This guide aims to show off all important EfT's ammunition parameters, compare different ammo types, point you towards the best cartridge of each caliber, and directly compare two parameters that you are, probably, the most interested in - Penetration Power and Damage Value, within respective calibers.
EfT Ammo Chart
This is a complete list of ammunition available in the Escape from Tarkov. Cartridges of the same caliber are marked with the same color, and all compatible weapons are listed below each section.
We are aware that there are a lot of numbers featured in the table, and this is why we have decided to divide the table into caliber sections and show the data in a more accessible way in a further paragraph.
Here is a quick explanation of Table's Headlines meaning:
|Ammunition Type||Penetration Power||Damage Value||Armor Damage Ratio %||Projectile Speed (m/s)||Fragment.
|4.6x30mm Action SX||13||65||26||690||0.5||0.3|
|4.6x30mm AP SX||46||35||32||680||0.1||0.6|
|4.6x30mm FMJ SX||30||43||28||620||0.2||0.4|
|4.6x30mm Subsonic SX||34||41||32||290||0.2||0.5|
|Compatible With||SMG: MP7A1, MP7A2|
|.366 TKM EKO||26||65||25||770||0.2||0.1|
|.366 TKM FMJ||20||71||24||580||0.25||0.065|
|.366 TKM Geksa||14||77||25||550||0.45||0.05|
|Compatible With||Assault Rifle: Vepr AKM/VPO-209|
|Compatible With||Shotgun: Saiga-12, MP-133, MP-153, M870|
|Compatible With||Shotgun: TOZ-106|
|9x39mm 7N12 BP||44||60||50||295||0.1||0.5|
|9x39mm 7N9 SPP||38||67||40||310||0.2||0.4|
|Compatible With||Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR): VSS Vintorez
Assault Carbine: AS VAL
|Compatible With||Pistol: SR-1MP Gyurza|
|9x19mm PSO gzh||13||63||20||340||0.25||0.065|
|9x19mm Pst gzh||18||56||21||457||0.15||0.05|
|9x19mm Luger CCI||10||70||25||420||0.25||0.065|
|9x19mm Green Tracer||16||58||33||365||0.15||0.05|
|9x19mm AP 6.3||25||52||48||392||0.05||0.2|
|Compatible With||SMG: Saiga-9, Vityaz-SN, PP-19-01, MPX, MP5
Pistol: P226R, MP-443 "Grach", Glock 18C, Glock 17
|9x18mm PM 9 BZT gzh||8||44||15||325||0.17||0.095|
|9x18mm PM PBM||8||39||15||519||0.16||0.09|
|9x18mm PM PMM||8||59||15||420||0.17||0.095|
|9x18mm PM PPe gzh||5||58||13||297||0.35||0.05|
|9x18mm PM PPT gzh||6||53||14||301||0.166||0.1|
|9x18mm PM PRS gs||5||56||13||302||0.3||0.01|
|9x18mm PM PSO gzh||5||54||13||315||0.35||0.065|
|9x18mm PM PPT gzh||7||49||15||298||0.2||0.1|
|9x18mm PM PSV||5||62||18||280||0.02||0.05|
|9x18mm PM PS gs PPO||6||53||14||330||0.25||0.065|
|9x18mm PM 9 P gzh||5||53||14||302||0.25||0.065|
|9x18mm PM RG028 gzh||7||51||15||330||0.02||0.05|
|9x18mm PM SP7 gzh||6||70||25||420||0.02||0.05|
|9x18mm PM SP8 gzh||3||67||27||250||0.02||0.05|
|Compatible With||SMG: PP-91-01 "Kedr-B", PP-91 "Kedr", PP-9 "Klin"
Pistol: PM, PM (t), PB, APB, APS
|Compatible With||Assault Rifle: Vepr KM/VPO-136, AKMSN, AKMS, AKMN, AKM, AK-104, AK-103
Assault Carbine: OP-SKS, SKS
|Compatible With||Sniper Rifle: M700, DVL-10
DMR: RSASS, M1A
Assault Rifle: SA-58
Assault Carbine: Vepr Hunter/VPO-101
|7.62x54mmR 7N1 Sniper||45||86||64||875||0.083||0.285|
|7.62x54mmR LPS Gzh||55||84||59||865||0.18||0.39|
|Compatible With||Sniper Rifle: SV-98, Mosin Inf., Mosin
|7.62x25mm TT FMJ43||8||60||18||427||0.25||0.065|
|7.62x25mm TT LRN||6||64||17||375||0.35||0.05|
|7.62x25mm TT LRNPC||5||66||16||385||0.35||0.05|
|7.62x25mm TT P gl||10||58||20||430||0.25||0.065|
|7.62x25mm TT Pst gzh||19||50||24||430||0.2||0.1|
|7.62x25mm TT PT gzh||12||60||22||415||0.166||0.1|
|7.62x25mm TT AKBS||9||58||20||425||0.25||0.065|
|Compatible With||Pistol: TT (gold), TT|
|5.56x45mm 55 FMJ||24||52||31||957||0.5||0.26|
|5.56x45mm 55 HP||9||72||25||947||0.7||0.2|
|5.56x45mm MK 255 Mod 0||17||60||20||936||0.03||0.1|
|Compatible With||Assault Rifles: M4A1, HK 416A5, DT MDR, AK-102, AK-101, ADAR 2-15|
|Compatible With||Light Machine Gun: RPK-16
Assault Rifle: AKS-74UN, AKS-74UB, AKS-74U, AKS-74N, AKS-74, AK-74N, AK-74M, AK-74, AK-105
EfT Ammo by Caliber
The following graphs show the Penetration Power and Damage Value of all cartridges of each caliber.
Note1: In order to show the best ammo choices more clearly, we have decided to choose Penetration Power stat as our segregation criterium for all graphs.
Note2: 12x70mm and 20x70mm Shotgun cartridges are shown on a single graph because creating a separate section for the single 20x70 ammo available in the game would not make much sense.
|Ammunition for the MP7 SMG. Unlike other ammo types for Submachine Guns, some types of the 4.6x30mm cartridges can actually go through Armor. If you choose the 4.6x30mm AP SX ammunition, your MP7 will be able to demolish even the most heavily armored targets in close quarters combat.|
.366 TKM Ammo
|Ammunition for the Vepr AKM/VPO-209 Rifle. If you go for the strongest ammo of this type, the .366 TKM EKO, you can try your luck against opponents clad in the Class 3 Armor.|
|The 12x70mm Slug is the only Shotgun ammunition that has any armor penetration capabilities, but still, it struggles against anything better than a Class 3 Armor. It goes without saying, that you should not pick up a Shotgun when going up against armored opposition. The 12x70mm RIP ammunition can disintegrate unarmored Scavs but is too expensive to even be considered.|
|Subsonic Ammunition for the legendary VSS Vintorez and the AS VAL, designed for Russian Spec-Ops forces. Every type of this ammo is effective against up to Class 4 Armor, and the 9x39mm 7N12 BP will penetrate even the Class 6 Armor without too much of a problem. If you go for VAL or the VSS, be aware that the bullet drop off over distance is massive for these weapons, because of the low initial bullet velocity.|
|Powerful pistol projectiles used exclusively in the SR-1MP Gryurza. SP 10 and SP 13 variants will penetrate Class 3 Armor very easily, but anything stronger will prove to be impregnable.|
|Quite common pistol/machine pistol ammunition. If you are going for a gun that fires these, you should try to get your hands on the 9x19 AP 6.3 ammo, as it is the only one of this caliber that can penetrate Class 3 Armor reliably.|
|This pistol/machine pistol ammunition is generally one of the weakest available in the game and you should avoid any weapon that fires it like, well... fire. A 9x18mm bullet will not penetrate even a Class 2 Armor, regardless of the bullet type.|
|Ammunition used in the SKS and AKM series of Rifles. If you want to be able to penetrate any Armor reliably, go for the 7.62x39 BP, but please be aware that 7.62x39mm PS can get the job done too.|
|Very powerful cartridges used in Sniper Rifles, Designated Marksman Rifles, and powerful Assault Rifles. Ammunition of this caliber is very expensive, but with the high price comes very high effectiveness. If you are looking for ammo that can go through armor like through butter and do massive Damage, look no further, the 7.62x51mm M61 has got you covered.|
|Ammunition used for the SVDS Designated Marksman Rifle, among others. All bullets of this type have high muzzle velocity and are effective against armor. If you want to be 100% sure that you will penetrate any target with the first shot, go for the 7.62x54mmR SN8, however, the 7N1 Sniper will do almost just as fine.|
|Ammunition used exclusively for the TT pistol. Its Armor Penetration values are rather poor and you should avoid using the TT, even if you have access to 7.62x25mm TT Pst gzh, which, although the best available, can't penetrate anything better than the Class 2 Armor.|
|Ammunition used, among others, in the very popular M4A1 Rifle. As you can see from the graph, the 5.56x45mm M995 ammo is unmatched when it comes to AP capabilities, but it lacks in the Damage department, so the less powerful M856A1 or M855A1 can be good alternatives, as they can penetrate Class 4 Armor rather easily.|
|Ammunition for the AK-74 Rifle family, less powerful projectiles of this caliber are very cheap and easy to come by, but you should go for the 5.45x39 BT or better. There is no Armor currently available in the game that can stop the 5.45x39mm 7N39 bullet, but cheaper and less rare 5.45x39 BS is almost as effective.|
We hope that this guide will help you chose the best ammunition types for your favorite weapons in The Escape from Tarkov. However, please remember that these are just numbers and there is much more to the game than statistics. If you struggle, even after selecting appropriate ammunition for your weapon, practice, practice, practice, and you will be eventually able to overcome even the hardest challenges that Escape from Tarkov has in store.
Please do note that this is an early version of our guide, and we will be happy to receive constructive criticism, that will help us improve it, so leave your suggestions in the comment section below.