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Old 04-20-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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I took my beautiful old 9.3x57 Husqvarna loaded with 286 grain Hornadys and 43 grains of 3031 powder. This is a very light rifle, less than 8 pounds with scope, and that load is pretty stout. Everytime I fired it, I spun around on the stool about 3 times, didn't know who I was for about 5 minutes, and when I woke up my nose was bleeding. Man that was fun.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:40 AM   #2
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Wasn't that the Arctic survival rifle round of the Luftwaffe for Polar Bears? Orangello!?

And Cottontop, did the recoil have any effect on you?

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I don't know, but it surely would work for that.
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You've got that bad boy max'ed out. You should try 43gr of IMR4064. That should tame down the recoil a bit. They are very light rifles. Give Speer 270gr a try, that should save you a few $$ reloading. Same recipe.

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Wasn't that the Arctic survival rifle round of the Luftwaffe for Polar Bears? Orangello!?

And Cottontop, did the recoil have any effect on you?


I don't think the recoil had much effect on me other than thinking about the fear of possibly developing a flinch. Like the most interesting man in the world might say,"I don't often shoot the 9.3x57, but when I do, I brace myself for recoil."
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You've got that bad boy max'ed out. You should try 43gr of IMR4064. That should tame down the recoil a bit. They are very light rifles. Give Speer 270gr a try, that should save you a few $$ reloading. Same recipe.

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I will try the 4064. I found that the Hawk bullet Co. in New Jersey offers lots of different bullet weights in 9.3, including a 200 grain RN. Ever tried any Hawk bullets in any of your 9.3's? Do you know if data is available for their bullets?
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Cotton, I just enjoy shooting the old rifles of the past. My favorite hunting rifle is the Sharps 45-110-533. It is a "Gemmer" Sharps with a 6X 32 inch Malcome Scope. This is a light 13 lb. Sharps producing 1 1/2 tons at the muzzle. These rifles with a paper patch and a 20-1 lead 500 gr. bullet can take anything.

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I will try the 4064. I found that the Hawk bullet Co. in New Jersey offers lots of different bullet weights in 9.3, including a 200 grain RN. Ever tried any Hawk bullets in any of your 9.3's? Do you know if data is available for their bullets?
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Never used Hawk. I did have a gentleman make me some GC Cast lead 285gr.
Other then those it has just used common fodder. As for 200gr., I would shy away because of my experience w/ 232gr. They were not accurate and I had an occasional keyhole. Those were Norma cartridges.
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CZ still makes a 9.3 w Mannlicher stock but being a light rifle, I was worried about recoil. Looks like cotton top found the answer for me...

Also comes in 6.5x55, 270 and .243. So maybe 6.5 or 243 ?

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Recoil on the 9.3x57 is fairly mild. It is not the type of cartridge that loosens fillings. It is just a thumper down range. For average hunting Speer 270gr still cost under 20.00 for 50 bullets. You can load ammo for everything but thick skinned game for under .85 a round. With either the 285gr cast lead or 286gr partition, pretty much anything goes. I'd like to have a little more punch for great bear, so I'm still wanting a 9.3x62. Often a few hundred fps does not matter much, but in this case 500fps is a big deal going from 57 to 62mm.

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