The 9.3x62mm (marketed in the United States as the 9.3x62mm Mauser) is a cartridge developed in Germany by Otto Bock in 1905. The 9.3x62mm is increasingly popular in the US, having been in use in Europe and Africa for a number of years.
The 9.3x62mm was originally developed in Berlin by Otto Bock in 1905, as he intended to develop a hunting cartridge for the Model 1898 Mauser rifle. Although those in Africa preferred to use military calibres (which were larger and more deadly than those for civillian use) governments banned people from purchasing military cartridges in overseas territories. Bock's cartridge avoided this issue, as no military organisation adopted it, meaning that the peoples of Africa could purchase the 9.3x62mm cartridge for the purpose of hunting.
The 9.3x62mm was built from the ground up, with Bock designing an entirely new cartridge. The cartridge features 1.3mm rim and a large rifle primer, as well as a 9.3mm diameter bullet. The weight of the bullet varies from 231gr (15.0g) to 293gr (19.0g), which are capable of different velocities depending on their manufacturer.
|Name||Muzzle Velocity (FPS)||Energy (ft/lbs)|
|231gr (15.0g) Oryx||2,625||3,550|
|250gr (16.2g) SP||2,559||3,635|
|285gr (18.5g) SP||2,362||3,543|
|293gr (19.0g) SP||2,428||3,842|
Although the 9.3x62mm is considered to be a rimmed cartridge, the 9.3x74R is considered to be the rimmed version of the cartridge. This was spawned from the 9.3x72R cartridge, which was a blackpowder version of the 9.3x62mm.