9.3x72mm Rimmed Ammunition
History of 9.3x72mmR Ammunition
Introduced in the late 1800’s the 9.3x72R is most commonly found in drilling rifles. Many of these rifles were produced in Europe and had side by side shotgun barrels with a rifle barrel directly beneath them. Hunters and gamekeepers found this arrangement useful as the shooter could quickly choose between a shotgun and rifle depending on the game being pursued. It was initially developed as a black powder cartridge, but did survive the change to smokeless powder.
The 9.3x72R is a straight, rimmed case that most commonly shoots a soft point or lead bullet. Bullet weights are from 193 to 200 grains and velocity right at 2000 feet per second at the barrel. The muzzle energy is approximately 1100 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. This makes the 9.3x72R similar in ballistics to the .35 Remington. It is very capable of taking most medium sized game on the European continent and in North America some hunters will even take bear with this cartridge. The effective range of the cartridge is about 200 yards where the bullet energy drops below 800 foot pounds of energy. There is also considerable bullet drop beyond 200 yards. If there is a 100 yard zero, it will drop 15 inches at 200 yards and at 300 yards the bullet drop will be 57 inches.
Although the 9.3x72R is an old cartridge, it remains in production by Sellier and Bellot and RWS, it is very difficult to find and most shooters have to hand load their ammunition, but even then, the brass can be extremely difficult to find. However, if your passion is shooting one of the master works of firearms, the drilling rifle, the 9.3x72R is a great choice for hunting medium game.
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