You might find the 9.3x62mm cartridge sneaking its way around some of the old-timey offerings of major makers that are building fall blocks and one-off sporting bolt actions. It was something of a preferred cartridge in safari areas for some of the European shooters many years ago. The major U.S. makers have dabbled in it because it is a somewhat graceful, yet powerful brush gun type cartridge that slings a 285 grain projectile out of the barrel at more than 1900 feet per second and with a muzzle energy of more than 3500 ft. lbs.
The seemingly mild “safari” round is in fact quite mild, all things considered, but it is also known as a legitimate large game cartridge to 200 yards or so and the slightly tapered, rimless variant is particularly well known in America as the European favorite safari gun that it appeared to be. The round is somewhat similar to a 375 H&H but with some power concessions. The round will probably continue to find its way into custom and semi custom sporting rifles due to the novelty and classicism of the round, but it is by all accounts still a potent hunting offering in both Europe and America, outside of the occasional use in African safaris or large game hunting expeditions.
Sellier & Bellot, recognize the need for certain cartridges and therefore, produce enough of it to satiate the appetite for old school Euro shooters and custom nostalgia seekers, as well as the owners of the old Drillings and custom safari builds that are starting to pop up on auction websites everywhere. Furthermore, there are now some new manufacture rifles that are being chambered in the caliber from SAKO, CZ and other heritage rifle makers with a European slant, for sale on the American market.
Posted On: 10/20/11 By: Roger Bacon
Muzzle velocity 2280 fps
100 meter velocity 1975 fps
200 meter velocity 1712 fps
300 meter velocity 1482 fps
Muzzle energy 3295 ft-lbs
100 meter energy 2474 ft-lbs
200 meter energy 1857 ft-lbs
300 meter energy 1394 ft-lbs
100 meter trajectory 0 inches (zeroed)
200 meter trajectory -8.7 inches
300 meter trajectory -31.8 inches