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#7963802 - 08/08/13 11:16 AM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: kutenay]
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#7963825 - 08/08/13 11:32 AM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: vapodog]
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I have 9.3x62 and enjoy it a great deal. However, I would not use it for DG.

IMO, the best choice for the first shot on cape buff is a .416 Rigby and I only hunt elephant with a .470.

Whatever your choice for buff is, a well placed shot from a .4XX (whether it be a .404, .416, .458 Lott or whichever) is your best insurance against having to dig him out of thick cover later on.

For leopard (where legal), something between a .30/06 and a .338 loaded with a partition is a good choice for the first shot.

For lion, a .375 loaded with a partition for the first shot.

For elephant and rhino, a .470 or a .500 N.E. loaded with solids.

I'm currently testing Northfork softs and solids for next year's DG hunt (elephant/hippo/croc/cape buff) in my .416 and .470. Softs and solids in the .416 and only solids in the .470.

For non DG the 9.3x62 is an excellent choice for anything (including eland) under 200 yards. I don't think it has enough velocity to shock a cat's nervous system as well as some higher velocity rounds do and it simply isn't enough gun for rhino, cape buff or elephant. I know that others, some with a lot of experience, will disagree with me. But a 9.3x62 is basically a .30/06 necked up to .366. IMO, that isn't enough gun for the big stuff, unless you enjoy following up wounded DG.


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#7963996 - 08/08/13 01:13 PM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: vapodog]
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Originally Posted By: vapodog
Originally Posted By: realitycheck
African hunters: Is the 9.3x62 round with its heaviest bullet of around 300 grains considered sufficient for cleanly taking all the "big 5"?



Is the 9.3 X 62 adequate?.....I can't say....but I certainly wouldn't be there hunting stuff that can "stomp me into a raspberry jelly" using a 9.3 if I could have used something with more authority.

IMO the confidence level one has in his firearm is critical to good shooting when the "rubber meets the road".....


To each his own. I've used it on several buffalo, and seen it used on a handful more. Worked every time very nicely. That has given me great confidence in it.

I would not use it for elephant, and in fact took mine with a .450/400 double.
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#8001502 - 08/21/13 04:26 PM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: hatari]
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I my father and I each took big bull Cape Buffalo with the 9.3x62 on a safari in 2012 and I also killed an elephant with mine. I can attest that the cartridge is certainly adequate for dangerous game using the right bullets. Truth be told, you really aren't giving much up in performance or power to the .375 by using the 9.3.

That being said, the cartridge is not legal to use on dangerous game in many countries in Africa that require a .375 caliber minimum. If I were a PH for dangerous game I would not use the 9.3 or even a .375 for that matter. I'd use a much more powerful cartridge like a .416 Rigby, a .458 (Winchester or Lott), or something even bigger if possible if I needed to go toe to toe with elephant and buffalo on a regular basis.
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#8001716 - 08/21/13 05:54 PM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: The_Big_Game_Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: The_Big_Game_Hunter
I my father and I each took big bull Cape Buffalo with the 9.3x62 on a safari in 2012 and I also killed an elephant with mine. I can attest that the cartridge is certainly adequate for dangerous game using the right bullets. Truth be told, you really aren't giving much up in performance or power to the .375 by using the 9.3.

That being said, the cartridge is not legal to use on dangerous game in many countries in Africa that require a .375 caliber minimum. If I were a PH for dangerous game I would not use the 9.3 or even a .375 for that matter. I'd use a much more powerful cartridge like a .416 Rigby, a .458 (Winchester or Lott), or something even bigger if possible if I needed to go toe to toe with elephant and buffalo on a regular basis.


wow that's great stuff? if I may ask, what bullet did you use on the elephant? was it a headshot?

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#8002283 - 08/21/13 08:58 PM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: jorgeI]
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ok.the additional research says the Lott is a good round to me.
thanks.

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#8002290 - 08/21/13 09:01 PM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: The_Big_Game_Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: The_Big_Game_Hunter
Truth be told, you really aren't giving much up in performance or power to the .375 by using the 9.3.

That being said, the cartridge is not legal to use on dangerous game in many countries in Africa that require a .375 caliber minimum. If I were a PH for dangerous game I would not use the 9.3 or even a .375 for that matter. I'd use a much more powerful cartridge like a .416 Rigby, a .458 (Winchester or Lott), or something even bigger if possible if I needed to go toe to toe with elephant and buffalo on a regular basis.


I think most would agree with that. As a PH, I'd want a "stopper", .450 #20 NE double would be my first choice.
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#8002733 - 08/21/13 11:57 PM Re: 9.3x62 [Re: realitycheck]
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I used 286gr Woodleigh FMJs on the elephant. I took body shots on it and a finishing shot in the head. While they worked ok, I would not use them again. I recovered the final shot into the skull and it was deformed.
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