9.3×74mmR second from right
Type Big Game Cartridge
Place of origin Germany
Production history
Designed Circa 1900 (1900)
Case type Rimmed, Bottleneck
Bullet diameter .365 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter .387 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Shoulder diameter .414 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .465 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter .524 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim thickness .052 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length 2.93 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length 3.74 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer type .217/5603/474A

9.3×74R 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 (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) diameter bullet, usually weighing 286-grain (Bad rounding hereScript error g). According to Hornady, at this weight the velocity is 2,360 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s) and energy is 3,536 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error 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 creates rifles in this cartridge, notably the Ruger No. 1 falling-block rifle.[3]

See alsoEdit


  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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