- Jan 5, 2021
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Thank you! It sure seems to be a great community with proficient and nice people. Glad I found my way here.Welcome, I’m pretty new here too. I came to learn about big bores and I stayed for the great community. Africa is a long way off for me but one can dream.
How do you like that 9.3x57? My understanding is that is pretty similar ballistically to our 358 Winchester.
What do you mean by “proper” moose hunting up north. Do you mean the chance of a kill is better or is it just more of a wilderness up north?
Yes, the cartridges are quite similar. The 358 will have better ballistics and overall performance in commercial ammo, but that is due to the x57 being loaded to modest pressures. In Sweden, most guns chambered in the caliber are very old and not made for modern pressures. But if you reload, you can get it very capable for long distances and then it would even shoot flatter than a 30-06. So the old slur “potato thrower” is not really applicable in 2021 necessarily. Although, to my knowledge, the only manufacturer making rifles for the cartridge today is Blaser.
Well, I call it “proper” moose hunting for a few reasons. It is more of a wilderness up there for sure. Larger concessions, different nature. One is more “on his own” to a greater extent than down south. And the moose is quite a lot bigger with considerably nicer trophies.
Here, “down south” (really mid-country but the North takes up 50% of the country) moose hunting is a lot more like driven hunt. 2-3 drives a day, smaller areas, faster pace. Nice in its own right, but... yeah.