The 9.3×74mmR is a hunting rifle cartridge developed in Germany around 1900.

History[edit | edit source]

Created in response to the .400 Nitro Express, the 9.3×74mmR became a popular chambering for double rifles made in both the side-by-side and over-and-under configurations, as well as single-shot rifles and drilling rifles.

While it was developed primarily as a dangerous game cartridge, the 9.3×74mmR did see military usage during World War II, where the Sauer M30 drilling rifle was used by Luftwaffe personnel as a survival weapon.

Design Details[edit | edit source]

The 9.3×74mmR is a medium-bore dangerous game cartridge with a rimmed, bottlenecked casing.

It uses a .366 caliber (9.3mm) bullet that typically weighs 286 grains (18.5 grams). According to Hornady Manufacturing, this kind of weight leads to a muzzle velocity of 2,362.20 feet per second (720 meters per second) with a muzzle energy of 3,536 foot-pounds of force (equivalent to 4,794 joules).

Used for hunting medium to large game animals, the 9.3×74mmR proved to be a very popular cartridge in Europe. It remains popular for African safari hunting in countries with more German influence, such as Namibia, where it is favored as an alternative to the .375 H&H Magnum. Outside of European countries, Ruger still produces rifles chambered in this cartridge, notably the Ruger No.1 falling-block rifle.

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