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Old May 29, 2013, 11:10 PM   #26
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It is ~.37 cal, similar in performance to the .375 H&H Mag.
It is roughly .36 cal, but no where near 375 H&H perfomance. The caliber is similar, but the 375 shoots the same bullet weights 400 fps faster. In many African countries it is legal for hunting only because it meets the minimum caliber requirement. Not something I'd want to be shooting dangerous game with even if it were legal. Certainly not a stopper round. If you are a fan of heavy slow bullets it is a good round for larger non-dangerous game.

The 9.3X62 is just a 30-06 case necked up to .366 caliber. Just like the similar 35 Whelen, and 338-06. While it is larger in diameter and shoots heavy bullets, case capacity does not allow for much speed. In fact the 9.3, 338-06 and 35 Whelen all are only slightly better, if any, than a 30-06 if loaded with heavy 220+ gr bullets.
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Old May 30, 2013, 11:04 AM   #27
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9,3X62 and 35 Whelen are nearly the same cartridge, with just a slight difference in bore diameter and the accompanying weight increase of the bullets. Fans (and other people who should know better) go on and on about the 9,3X62 and 35 Whelen being "nearly as powerful as a 375 H&H", when a quick glance at the ballistics table will show them to be mistaken. Comparing a 250 gr bullet at 2,400 fps (3,200 ft-lbs KE) or a 290 gr bullet at 2,300 fps (3,400 ft-lbs KE) to a 300 gr bullet at 2,500 fps (4,200 ft-lbs KE) and calling them "nearly matching" is a bit of a stretch. That is 30% more energy for the 375 H&H, just in case you were wondering. So, while either the 9.3X62 or the 35 Whelen would make a great North American game stopper, they do not compare to the quintessential African plains medium bore rifle.
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Old May 30, 2013, 03:40 PM   #28
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Scorch,

It is true that modern loads in the 375 H&H have upped the velocity, and using a modern 300gr bullet at over 2,600 fps illustrates your point. However that is not the ballistic arena in which the 9.3x62 "made it's bones" so to speak. It used to be the 375 H&H shot a 300 gr bullet at 2,400 fps and a 270gr bullet at 2,600 fps. Modern loads have abandoned the cordite and bumped up the resultant velocities a bit, although the old ballistics will kill animals just as dead.

But really, what is the difference of a .366 293gr bullet at 2,428 fps (3,842 ft/lbs) and a .375 300gr bullet at 2,400 fps (3837 ft/lbs) such as this load from Federal http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/6-0304918 ?

Not that many of us will ever get to put cross hairs on on elephant or lion, but it is definitely something fun to think about.

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Old May 31, 2013, 01:59 PM   #29
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If a "sporterized" Mauser 98 or K.98k has the original military stock, it already has a crossbolt. And if it has the laminated stock, it will stand up to a whole lot more in the way of recoil than the 9.3x62 will throw at it.

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Old May 31, 2013, 02:49 PM   #30
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And no one's even mentioned the .338 Win Mag and .340 Wby Mag and .378 Wby Mags yet...there are lots and lots and lots of choices in this arena.
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Old May 31, 2013, 03:04 PM   #31
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I would say the closest in North America is .338-06.

I love my 9.3x62, favourite pig rifle, FN Commercial '98 action, express sights regulated at 50m with 285gr soft points.

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Old June 7, 2013, 03:32 PM   #32
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I had a custom Browning in this chambering for a time but traded it off. Recoil is very noticeable but was tamed with a LimbSaver pad and MagnaPorting at the muzzle. Ballistically speaking, the 35 Whelen is close.

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Old June 7, 2013, 04:30 PM   #33
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I really would like the browning blr chambered in 9,3x62

perfect combo IMO
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Old June 8, 2013, 08:13 AM   #34
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Husky, put me down for another one!
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Old June 8, 2013, 11:31 AM   #35
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Old June 8, 2013, 12:12 PM   #36
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This thread reminds me of the beautiful 9.3X57 Husqvarna Mauser I passed up a few years ago. I was so foolish all I had to do was neck 8x57 Mauser to 9.3 and I would have had my own amunition and this beautiful Rifle. Still bothers me to this day.
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Old June 9, 2013, 06:45 PM   #37
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BTW the 9.3 equivalent of the 375 H&H is the 9.3x64 Brenneke. It was so successful that some British colonies specifically demanded 375 minimum diameters to ensure the 366 competition from Germany was shut out. One of theses days I need to whip up some ammo for mine, it's nearly unavailable in the US as Fiocchi (the RWS importer) doesn't carry that specific caliber here.
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Old December 30, 2013, 10:09 AM   #38
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Anyone know where I can find one???

Been looking for a Husqvarna in that caliber.

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Old December 30, 2013, 10:26 AM   #39
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In Europe various semi-autos are chambered in 9.3x62 . Browning and others but they may be hard to get here.
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Old December 30, 2013, 03:59 PM   #40
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Browning BAR and Benelli R1 spring to mind. Also perhaps the H&K sporting semi auto...
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Old December 30, 2013, 08:26 PM   #41
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The H&K 2000 had it too but I don't know if it ever came here or whether it's still available. There were some other s , anyone know which ??
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Old December 31, 2013, 02:16 PM   #42
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The sauer 303 to.

And the straight pulls to, blaser r93 and r8, very accurate switch barrel rigs to!

Merkel helix, browning maral are other Great straight pulls,
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