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Medium bore

9.3x62 Mauser

Does anyone have any experience with th 9.3x62? I read that it falls between the power of a 35 Whelan and a 375H&H. Very popular in Europe and even used in Africa. Tikka, CZ USA, and now Ruger offer it. I'm a reloader so ammo is not a problem. Any thoughts?

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from GSD wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

With the ammunition loaded by Hornady here in the us, and several imports, the 9.3X62 is seeing a lot more use in Alaska. I have one 98 Mauser blued, and one in a stainless single shot. It would be difficult for me to give up my 9.3X62. It has a place in my type of hunting (and hunting conditions) and it gets the job done.

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from teddyspa wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Great Round for less than 300yds large game. I worked with a PH in Africa when I was younger and had a pre-war mauser in 9.3x62. It was great medicine. Today I would look into loading Barnes x bullets for it. I have personally seen Zebra, Eland, Kudu, Wildebeest.... It puts them down. We used 416s for the bigger stuff. Its just not a long range gun like the mags. In some African countries it is the minimum for dangerous game to it obviously has a great reputation. If your reloading, I would say def go for it!

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from BikerRN wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I like the round on paper, but being that it's not common here I'll opt for other calibers.

If I lived in Europe of Africa I'd probably have one.

Biker

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from BobS wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I have two rifles in this caliber. One is the CZ 550 Medium. It is a very accurate and solid rifle. My other is a SAKO 85. This too is an accurate shooter. It is an absolute joy to shoot. It does not have the recoil of the 375 H&H, but is ballistically similiar. I have been fortunate to shoot them in Europe when I was stationed there. Yes, it s very popular caliber among the hunters from Roe deer to Pigs. I have taken Oryx, Zebra, Kudu and Red Hartebeest with iit. Since you mention that you reload, I load a 286gn Nosler Partition on top of 54 grains of Vihtavuori N140 with a Federal 210 Large Rifle primer. You will NOT be disappointed with this caliber. Bullet is a little slower (2250fps) but very minimal meat damage and they drop like they were hit with Thor's hammer! Good Luck!!

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from Kody wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I know it to be a popular round with the Europeans and that Lux model in CZ is often favoured by them in this same caliber. I recently bought a Lux model with that deep pistol grip and drop on the stock that I had previously believed was nonsense. Having had the opportunity to shoulder this rifle I find my eye found the open sights quickly and the scope that followed came to my eye like a well fitted shotgun. I now own a 7 X 57 and a 300 Win Mag in this rifle. If the power of this 9.3 X 62 falls in the range you describe it would be small wonder that it is a popular plain antelope round in Africa. You will note that the game hunters in Africa like to see their clients arrive with high quality bullets loaded in such calibers. I am loading Swift A-Frame rounds in 180 gr for the 300 Win and shopping for 160 gr in the 7 MM. On the negative side I have never see one of the rifles you mentioned in the field, at the range or at any gun shop in my part of the country. As a handloader you may not feel this is an issue, but it could easily become a problem if mistakes were to happen. I like to buy equipment that I can fix or outfit at the local hardware or farm implement location should I run into problems. I am equally inclined to buy firearms with ammo readily available. I am a 'hope for the best and PLAN for the worst' kind of guy.

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from Kody wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I know it to be a popular round with the Europeans and that Lux model in CZ is often favoured by them in this same caliber. I recently bought a Lux model with that deep pistol grip and drop on the stock that I had previously believed was nonsense. Having had the opportunity to shoulder this rifle I find my eye found the open sights quickly and the scope that followed came to my eye like a well fitted shotgun. I now own a 7 X 57 and a 300 Win Mag in this rifle. If the power of this 9.3 X 62 falls in the range you describe it would be small wonder that it is a popular plain antelope round in Africa. You will note that the game hunters in Africa like to see their clients arrive with high quality bullets loaded in such calibers. I am loading Swift A-Frame rounds in 180 gr for the 300 Win and shopping for 160 gr in the 7 MM. On the negative side I have never see one of the rifles you mentioned in the field, at the range or at any gun shop in my part of the country. As a handloader you may not feel this is an issue, but it could easily become a problem if mistakes were to happen. I like to buy equipment that I can fix or outfit at the local hardware or farm implement location should I run into problems. I am equally inclined to buy firearms with ammo readily available. I am a 'hope for the best and PLAN for the worst' kind of guy.

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from BobS wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I have two rifles in this caliber. One is the CZ 550 Medium. It is a very accurate and solid rifle. My other is a SAKO 85. This too is an accurate shooter. It is an absolute joy to shoot. It does not have the recoil of the 375 H&H, but is ballistically similiar. I have been fortunate to shoot them in Europe when I was stationed there. Yes, it s very popular caliber among the hunters from Roe deer to Pigs. I have taken Oryx, Zebra, Kudu and Red Hartebeest with iit. Since you mention that you reload, I load a 286gn Nosler Partition on top of 54 grains of Vihtavuori N140 with a Federal 210 Large Rifle primer. You will NOT be disappointed with this caliber. Bullet is a little slower (2250fps) but very minimal meat damage and they drop like they were hit with Thor's hammer! Good Luck!!

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from BikerRN wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I like the round on paper, but being that it's not common here I'll opt for other calibers.

If I lived in Europe of Africa I'd probably have one.

Biker

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from teddyspa wrote 3 years 1 week ago

Great Round for less than 300yds large game. I worked with a PH in Africa when I was younger and had a pre-war mauser in 9.3x62. It was great medicine. Today I would look into loading Barnes x bullets for it. I have personally seen Zebra, Eland, Kudu, Wildebeest.... It puts them down. We used 416s for the bigger stuff. Its just not a long range gun like the mags. In some African countries it is the minimum for dangerous game to it obviously has a great reputation. If your reloading, I would say def go for it!

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from GSD wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

With the ammunition loaded by Hornady here in the us, and several imports, the 9.3X62 is seeing a lot more use in Alaska. I have one 98 Mauser blued, and one in a stainless single shot. It would be difficult for me to give up my 9.3X62. It has a place in my type of hunting (and hunting conditions) and it gets the job done.

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