9.3 x 74R

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9.3 x 74R

#1 Post by GunnyMack » Wed May 16, 2018 2:56 pm

Lately I've been thinking about a Number 1 in 9.3 x 74R. Have been checking the auction sites and there are some out there.As long as I have been aquiring fine sportin irons I've really liked the 9.3.

Question is, have any of you guys had any experience with this round? I'd be interested in your input.

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#2 Post by crs » Wed May 16, 2018 6:49 pm

sounds like a good prairie dog round to me.

Seriously, what do you plan to hunt with it? Moose, big bears?
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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#3 Post by 2ndovc » Wed May 16, 2018 7:28 pm

Classic and cool cartridge. Fun to shoot as well, kinda like a 32-40 with a bit more oomph! I've been eyeballing those No.1's too, just can't deal with, yet another cartridge! I have 40+ sets of dies as it is!

Go for it anyway! I probably will too, :shock:

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#4 Post by vancelw » Wed May 16, 2018 9:34 pm

I have a double Merkel in 9.3X74R. Quite a bit more ooomph than a 32-40 or a .32 Special. Closer to a .375 H&H.
Easy to load for in a single or double. I haven't done a lot of load development yet. Mainly loaded some 270 grs just to shoot.

But....the only reason I have the caliber is because that's what caliber i found a deal on in a double.
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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#5 Post by Ji in Hawaii » Thu May 17, 2018 4:01 am

One of my bucket list dream guns is a Chapuis UGEX SxS chambered in 9.3 x 74R This would be a great wild boar or Vancouver Bull rifle, maybe even a Oz Water Buffalo gun.
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#6 Post by Old Savage » Thu May 17, 2018 4:35 am

A friend had one. He really liked it. Sold it due to his own physical problems.
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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#7 Post by GunnyMack » Thu May 17, 2018 4:54 am

crs wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 6:49 pm
sounds like a good prairie dog round to me.

Seriously, what do you plan to hunt with it? Moose, big bears?
Well, bears, moose, elk or whatever!
I like the more obscure calibers. Just something about the 9.3 that appeals to me. The 9.3 Mauser is also available in #1s but it just doesn't seem RIGHT in a falling block. Gotta be a rimmed !

Like Jason I too have a lot of calibers that I don't spend enough time with, which means if I got a #1 I'd find ammo, brass ,dies, bullets then work up a load and it would then sit in the safe.

Or do I continue my search for a 28 double...

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#8 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu May 17, 2018 9:19 am

Gunny, I hunted plains game in Namibia with the rimless 9,3X62 and can vouch for the effectiveness of these .366 chamberings.
I briefly owned a Chapuis UGEX in 9,3X74, but it was so light that it beat the hell out of me at the range and I found it a new home. It really is just a short step down from the .375 H&H. Should be OK in a No. 1, if those Ruger stocks fit you well. Much as I like the No. 1, I find it pretty merciless in the recoil department, having owned and shot them in .405, .450-400, .416 Rigby, .450 3-inch NE (rechambered .458) and .458 Lott. The latter rifle I had to catch, mid-air as the forend flew out of my left hand. Yes, I FINALLY learned my No. 1 lesson; it just took a while.

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#9 Post by wolfdog » Thu May 17, 2018 9:41 am

My buddy Steve has a double rifle in 9.3 x74r. It is one of his squirrel rifles. Cool rifle but lots of recoil.

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#10 Post by GunnyMack » Thu May 17, 2018 11:03 am

I have a 375 H&H that I put together on a Mauser while in school. Its 25 years old and I haven't needed to shoot it!
I like number 1's but yeah stock dimensions are a bit off for me as well. Of course that's a NON issue for my 218 Bee!

When I started in this collecting game I was told to pick a caliber then go up 1 and down 1 until you have 1 of each! :D

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#11 Post by Bill in Oregon » Thu May 17, 2018 6:20 pm

Gunny, at the end of the day, the guns don't matter when you have Parker needing an ear scratch and a love up.
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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#12 Post by GunnyMack » Fri May 18, 2018 5:03 am

Oh trust me Bill - Parker is RELENTLESS when she wants attention!

Think I'm putting the 9.3 project on a back burner for now. I don't really need it, I need to find a 28 double before fall though!

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#13 Post by crs » Fri May 18, 2018 7:17 am

Gunny,
Here is a rimmed AMERICAN caliber rifle that you might consider.

First a lever action:
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And then a double rifle:
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Shoots bullets from 210 to 400 grains, giving you a wide range of prospective game targets from" elves to elephants".
Sorry about using Paco's article title, but, it is appropriate. :)
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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#14 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri May 18, 2018 10:46 am

Our Texas friend could also mention the often-overlooked .35 Winchester, which isn't too far behind the .9,3s.

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#15 Post by crs » Fri May 18, 2018 12:31 pm

Yes Bill, but I shoot a .357MAGNUM Winchester, not a .35 Winchester- will that do out to 100 yards?
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Also, 9.3 mm = .366 inch.
.366 minus .357 = only .009 inch difference!

Mmmm mighty close to .357 magnum in bullet size, so with 158 to 180 grain .357 bullets, ???
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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#16 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri May 18, 2018 5:39 pm

Charles, I have lots of respect for the work a properly loaded .357 can do out of carbine out to 100 yards or more.
But that .35 Winchester will push a 250-grain bullet to 2200 or better -- probably a lot more in the new-made 1895s. This old, capable chambering has long piqued my curiosity.

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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#17 Post by crs » Fri May 18, 2018 9:19 pm

Bill,
So the .35 Winchester is to the .357 Magnum in a rifle as the 405 WCF is to the 41 Magnum pistol round in a rifle.

WOW - big difference.
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Re: 9.3 x 74R

#18 Post by Rusty » Sat May 19, 2018 6:09 pm

I had never even heard of this round until I was reading an article about reloading for the .410. They said one source for brass .410 cases was 9.3X74R brass so I bought a couple of boxes of the brass. I never took it further than that since I decided .410 wasn't enough for a reliable one shot stop for critters around the farmstead. I moved on to the 28 Ga. which is a much better solution in IMHO.
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