Bikal double rifle in 9.3-74R

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  1. Wayne t

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    as above guys anyone on here use one of these out in Africa ?
     

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    I have a Bikal SxS in 45-70 and 30-06 (sold my O/U 30-06). As far as I know the 9.3 and 7.62x54R were never imported to the US. The Bikals are light for caliber, so expect more recoil then youd get on a European Double. I bought mine when I was HOT for a Double Rifle but couldnt afford 10K for a Merkle. I like them for what they are (think the AK of Double Rifles), given a choice Id opt for a Sabatti over a Bikal; but the Sabatti is still at least twice as much (3K vs 1K). Ive moved on to better quality rifles and cars(Audi); but I still have my Bikals for really foul weather hunts (that when I drive a Jeep). Theres nothing wrong with them....

    As for the 9.3x74R--its a fantastic round its close BUT its not quite a 375H&H. I wouldnt hesitate to use 9.3x74R on Plains Game. It would be fine for Leopard and Lion--where legal.

    Ultimately a Bikal is a budget rifle, for a trip to Afrika, I choose something better...maybe thats just me, I guess I can be snobbish. You dont need a Double Rifle. A Bolt Action be fine--look into 9.3x62 if you opt for a Bolt action--OR--just buy a 375H&H for everything.
     
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    Cheers I already have this gun and will be taking it with me on my first Africa trip I bought this for my first driven boar trip years ago as a cheap double as opossed to getting a hyem or blazer spending a load of cash just for a hunting trip and it never used again
    Also I like the way the barrels on these can be self adjusted by the wheel nut under the forend weight wise and recoil I didn't find it that bad at all with the factory 285 Ammo I use in it and it certainly flattens piggies no probs
     
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    wayne take the baikal and have fun with it. it will in that cal be perfect for bush shooting where 150 yds will be a long shot and most way less . with your 300 win, for if you are hunting a more open terrain in a different area you have it covered . my 9.3x62 is the one i use most but thats only because my 9.3x74r double isnt in zambia ,and i am sure jan @Shumba Safaris will agree with me . so just enjoy and dont get caught up in this worry stage most seem to go through before they head off, about whether their rifle or cal will be suitable . :)
     
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    ENJOY Bro--Be sure to post pics of your hunt (and gun)
     
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    Look forward to hearing your hunting report. You should have a great time using the rifle.
     
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    my last hunt in africa was 2014,took a hippo,sable,cape bull with my double in 9.3x74r.
     
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