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9,3 x 74 R Foerster.JPG
Type Big Game Cartridge
Place of origin Germany
Production history
Designed Circa 1900 (1900)
Case type Rimmed, Bottleneck
Bullet diameter .365 in (9.3 mm)
Neck diameter .387 in (9.8 mm)
Shoulder diameter .414 in (10.5 mm)
Base diameter .465 in (11.8 mm)
Rim diameter .524 in (13.3 mm)
Rim thickness .052 in (1.3 mm)
Case length 2.93 in (74 mm)
Overall length 3.74 in (95 mm)
Primer type .217/5603/474A

9.3×74mmR is a European medium-bore cartridge invented in Germany around 1900.[1]


The 9.3×74mmR is of a rimmed, bottleneck design and uses a .366-inch (9.3 mm) diameter bullet, usually weighing 286-grain (18.5 g). According to Hornady, at this weight the velocity is 2,362.20 ft/s (720.00 m/s) and energy is 3,536 ft·lbf (4,794 J). This cartridge is used for CXP2 and CXP3 types of game (medium and heavy animals) and is very popular in Europe for wild boar. Initially designed for large European game like moose, brown bear, and polar bear, it started following hunters on safaris. It remains a popular cartridge in African hunting in countries with more German influence like Namibia, favored as a continental alternative to the more popular .375 H&H Magnum.[2] Outside Europe, Ruger still produces rifles in this cartridge, notably the Ruger No. 1 falling-block rifle.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 9.3x74mmR: An Under-Sung Hero by Terry Wieland, African Sporting Gazette
  2. ^ The 9.3x74R by Chuck Hawks
  3. ^ Single Shot rifles at Ruger web site

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