History of 9.3x62mm Ammunition
The 9.3x62mm cartridge was developed in 1905 by Otto Bock. The cartridge was designed to be used on large African game, but be able to fit into the Model 1898 Mauser bolt action rifle. With its affordability, availability and excellent knockdown power, the 9.3x62mm quickly became popular among African game hunters and guides.
The case is of the rimless, bottleneck design and holds a bullet of 9.3mm or 0.37 inches. The cartridge is most commonly found in weights ranging from 231 to 293 grain weights mostly in soft point bullets, but it can also be found in more advanced bullets such as the VOR-TX. Velocities come in at approximately 2400 and reaching in to the 2600 feet per second range, this gives the bullet a great amount of knockdown power, some loads carry as much as 3800 foot pounds of energy! This cartridge has often been described as similar to the .338 Winchester Magnum and the .375 H&H Magnum.
Although it never really gained great popularity in the United States, the 9.3x62mm has made a serious impression on African, well as European hunters, it has been used on plains game in Africa as well as moose in the Nordic countries. Canadian hunters also have developed a following for the cartridge that includes hunters of all of Canada's large game. Interestingly enough, the 9.3x62mm has recently gained popularity among Australian hunters for hunting Sambar. This was not due to a sudden discovery of a 110 plus year old cartridge, but rather the 1996 semiauto rifle ban that made the powerful cartridge and bolt action combination a logical choice.
9.3x62mm ammo is made by a few European companies, to include: Norma, Lapua, Prvi Partizan and Sellier & Bellot. No major American rifle maker has built a rifle for the 9.3x62mm, but it has been built by European manufacturers, such as CZ and Blaser. Although over a century old, the 9.3x62mm still remains one of the most popular big game rifles in Scandinavia and Europe. The performance of this cartridge and its reputation throughout its history will ensure that the 9.3x62mm cartridge will remain in use for years to come.
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