keesvw2002: The Mora uprising identified the inadequacies of the 38 Colt cartridge (I believe) as a satisfactory military cartridge when they failed to stop hopped up indiginous warriors who had prepared themselves for close in bloodletting. These guys were not about to be stopped by minor calibers, period. The 7.62x25 is a much different story.
Winston Churchill used a broomhandle Mauser Model 96 during his engagements in South Africa and wrote home to his mother after one engagement that he had stood 30 meters from where the enemy had massed in preparation for attack. Now, these were, as were the Moros, indigenous warriors ready for close quarters combat with edged weapons and mentally prepared for that kind of bloodletting. Churchill stated in his letter that he fired 10 shots, killing 9 and wounding 1, then recharged in an instant and this time his (my, he wrote) aim was better. That says a heck of a lot more about the 7.62x25 than it does about the 38 Colt cartridge.
I can personally attest to the effectiveness of this cartridge in Southeast Asia. Don't get me wrong, I like my 45s, but the Tokarev and it's nasty little cartridge are nothing to shy away from. One item on my wish list is an American made Tokarev, with better and adjustable sights, a longer slide option, and a 1911 style slide safety. I forget who just developed a 32 caliber case based on the 380, to take a 60 gn 32 acp bullet to 1200'/sec, but that doesn't even duplicate the old 7.65 or 30 Luger, which is an ok cartridge but underpowered compared to the 7.62x25. Seems like some designers are headed back toward the lightweight, fast moving cartridges, and I just hope they don't forget which ones came first.
Actually, many folks consider the 7.62x25 to be the first 'magnum' cartridge. From a Tokarev that 85 grain bullet moves to 1400'/sec, and a bit faster from a CZ52, and far exceeded anything in its day, and for a long time after. There are some excellent reloads for that cartridge and some nice soft point .308 diameter bullets in the right weight range that would make it an even better defensive round, as well as one good enough for game up to the size of coyote. I'm trying to find a set of dies for that cartridge now. HTH. Mikey.