9.3X74r Range Limits

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  1. EDELWEISS

    EDELWEISS AH Senior Member

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    When I had a 9.3 double I kept the shot short (under 100m); but now Im considering a Ruger No1 in 9.3x74r with a low power optic. What kind of effective ranges can I expect to use it. Is 300m reasonable? I really dont plan of shots that far. Just wondering if its a good idea to stretch it that far if the shot presents.

    If 300m is asking too much, how far should I expect?
     
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    If you use a 284gr Oryx or something similar and sight in 3 inches high at 100 you will be 13.5 low at 300. That is stretching compensation a little. With the heavier bullets, I like to think of my 9.3's as 200 yard rifles. The 250 gr bullets will be a bit flatter.
     
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    Last year hunted with a 9.3x74 in a TC encore 310 yards one shot kill on my kudu. 250 gr accubon at 2500fps
     
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    There really is no one correct answer...it depends on so many variables.

    When I went to boot camp in 1976, I never dreamed I could keep all my shots from a sloppy GI issue M-16 on a man's chest at 500 yards. With a peep and post sight arrangement no less! And we only shot from field positions, no artificial rests.

    If you practice, know your trajectory, learn to compensate for wind and have a means of accurately getting your range, that rifle/cartridge combo will kill animals at ranges beyond what most of us would consider sportsmanlike.

    But, those are a lot of "ifs". Leave one out and the range gets shorter. Leave two out and it is shorter yet! I guess what I am saying is, the shooter is usually the limiting factor, not the rifle/cartridge combo.

    I have done a lot of shooting in my life, out to 600 yards. But I will be telling Loodt that I want to get as close as possible to every animal I pull the trigger on.

    Enjoy your new rig!

    Tim
     
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    Funny you should ask this question. I just decided on a Merkel 141 in 9.3x74r (*and made an offer!). I'm going with a 250 yard "normal" range based on trajectory with a 150 yard zero. I have no doubt that on plains game under Eland (e.g.: Kudu or smaller) a 9.3x74r would be plenty good to 400 if one could manage the drop. Penetration with proper bullets won't be an issue with the 9.3 - to that end I've already stockpiled a bunch of 286 gr. Partitions.

    9.3x74r hasn't been around 110+ years without reason.
     

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