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9,3 x 74 R Foerster.JPG
TypeBig Game Cartridge
Place of originGermany
Production history
DesignedCirca 1900 (1900)
Case typeRimmed, Bottleneck
Bullet diameter.366 in (9.3 mm)
Neck diameter.391 in (9.9 mm)
Shoulder diameter.409 in (10.4 mm)
Base diameter.469 in (11.9 mm)
Rim diameter.526 in (13.4 mm)
Rim thickness.055 in (1.4 mm)
Case length2.941 in (74.7 mm)
Overall length3.720 in (94.5 mm)
Primer typeLarge rifle

9.3×74mmR is a 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 North American game like moose, brown bear, and polar bear, it is also used for safari hunting. It remains a popular cartridge for African safari 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]

The cartridge is also a very popular chambering for double rifles both in side-by-side and over-and-under barrel configurations .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 9.3x74mmR: An Under-Sung Hero Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine. by Terry Wieland, African Sporting Gazette
  2. ^ The 9.3x74R by Chuck Hawks
  3. ^ Single Shot rifles at Ruger web site

4. https://shop.nosler.com/noslercustom-brass-9-3x74-r-25-ct.html

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