9.3x62 Penetration On Large Game

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  1. markferrigno

    markferrigno AH Enthusiast

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    Where did you hunt Camels?
     
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  2. 5shot

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    My guess is Australia
     
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  3. bruce moulds

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    yes the land downunder, also referred to as the antipodes, or terra australis.
    bruce.
     

  4. sambarhunter

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    Load woodleigh hydro`s and you will have all the penetration you want,a shot up the texas donut on a camel will have the bullet come out the chest.
     
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  5. Bushpig4Ever

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    I have Woodleigh Hydro for my 9,3x74R, but never used it so far. Maybe in May on a buffalo at Bubey Valley Conservancy...
     
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    sambarhunter,
    that is good if you WANT the bullet to come out the chest end.
    a barnes x might be a better balance.
    bruce.
     
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  7. BeeMaa

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    This is exactly what I was going to suggest is having a few Woodleigh Hydros with you at all times.
    Beautiful rifle as well.
    Good luck on the upcoming hunt.
     

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  9. Daga Boy

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    Its a great calibre. My all time favorite bushveld rifle.
    Much like a .338WM but not as fast and the bullet is fatter and not as long in a given weight, so not as good as the WM for long range but better energy transmission (read KO) at shorter ranges.
    I don't personally favour it for serious DG (only on account of the low KO factor ) but it has killed so many buffalo and elephants that its capability is absolutely beyond question.
    Recoil is also way lower than any "serious" DG rifle.
    Simply cant go wrong with this.
     
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  10. sgt_zim

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    This is my shoulder after about 40 rds of 250 gr NAB. Recoil is appreciable, even with "light" loads in a light rifle.

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  11. Jeff Schaeffer

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    Impala, Gemsbok, Bull Wildebeest, and Kudu, through and through, all down with one shot although they did not collapse. No tracking needed, all down within 25-50 yards.
    Cull Wildebeest dropped in its tracks with a frontal shot that broke the neck, traveled down along the backbone and existed downward into the ground.
    Eland retained a 286 grain Nosler partition on the opposite side of the chest cavity, went down within 75 yards with one shot.

    I love that caliber.

    Jeff
     
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  12. Scrumbag

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    Certainly does a decent job on all the big wild boar I've shot...
     
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  13. TOBY458

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    Just shoot a 458 a few times once you're done with the 9.3, and blame it on the 458!
     
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    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

    I'm pushing 525 gr BTB out of my 45-70 at about 1625. Still not 458 WM or L territory, but close enough. ;)
     
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    Sounds plenty punchy enough for my shoulder that one...
     
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    Anybody have any experience using Lapua 285gr MEGA's as a hunting round? They shoot lights out in my CZ 550 FS 9.3x62.
     

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    It is a very good choice for this purpose.

    Larger calibers with the same shot placement and the same bullet will perform better, however the 9.3 is more than capable in the right hands with the right bullet and shot placement.

    No! 9.3 and 375 calibers are not recommended for frontal chest shots on buffalo.

    Yes with the right solid and shot placement it has more than enough penetration to reach the brain every time.

    I would not recommend the Barnes TSX in the 9.3x62 for DG.

    It is a great Lion caliber but do not use lighter weight bullets, use minimum 286gr or rather step up to 300gr or even 320gr bullets. The Woodleighs in the heavier weights are excellent for Lion.

    It sure is a legendary caliber and with the right bullet, shot placement and in the right hands it can kill anything in Africa.

    In many cases the reduced recoil results in better shooting ability and shot placement which in turn means dead whatever you where aiming at.

    It is a superb caliber, great for plains game with the ability to kill DG more effectively than what ballistics suggest. Anybody who has used one will only have good things to say.

    Good luck and enjoy one of the best African calibers ever designed, the Germans knew what they where doing....
     

  18. 1dirthawker

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    there was an article by a guy named guyana, he was a ph that had done quite a bit of hunting (i suspect still does) he was a great proponent of the 9.3x62. used on buffalo, lions, etc. i bet he would use it in a second for a undisturbed ele.
    i think as a backup, he might consider a larger rifle more appropriate, but i cannot put words in other peoples mouths, but that is the gist of what i got.
     

  19. TOBY458

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    Thanks for you response! Very good info here!
     

  20. TOBY458

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    Yes he was a great proponent of the 9.3. His name was Don Heath, but unfortunately he passed away not too long ago I'm told.
     

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