A suitable round for survival, hollow point 7.62x25mm Tokareva ammo is the best suited of the Soviet rounds in this caliber for self defense.
For those surplus Eastern Bloc enthusiasts the 7.62 Tokarev and the weapon’s chambered in it are not limited to simply plinking weapons. The 7.62x25 Tok’s speed is quite remarkable and combined with modern hollow point ammunition the round hits hard and expands rapidly. The speed aid’s in penetration with the hollow point load and allows it to expand and penetrate into quite the lethal load. Tokarev weapons are often excellent for carry due to their slim size and reliability. With a modern hollow point (JHP) load the 7.62 Tokarev and the weapon’s chambered for it are quite potent for self-defense.