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And to try to answer the original four questions:

1. Both;
2. I'm sure there is (I would prefer it over .470 myself);
3. They already are! (Considering how many 9.3s are sold there);
4. I don't see why not.

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30-40 krag
there is a void for a 30 cal. rifle here that you can get readily available ammo for. 30-40 is still pretty easy to get and way less than RWS or NORMA which usually are the only game for rimmed metrics.
just my 2cents


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I would consider availability of ammo in your decision. Hornady now makes ammo for doubles and that is a BIG plus when purchasing a DR.
I'd choose a 450/400 NE 3" and a 450 NE 3 1/4"
Another plus for the .450 is availability of cheap .458 bullets which can be used to reload so the owner can shoot more, practice and enjoy his rifle.


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Dig,

Here is my feedback to your questions in no particular order.

1. I think there is no market for a 9.3x72 or 9.3x74 double rifle, especially not at $25000. These rounds are so light they can be built on shotgun boxlocks and for $6000 you can obtain just such a gun. You'd also be competing with fine vintage drillings at fraction of the cost that fulfill this market.

2. I believe that high dollar guns and handloading do not always go hand in hand. I suggest you stick with calibers that are able to be procured off the shelf and that your guns are regulated to off the shelf product. I can't understand/envision a market for a double gun that shoots anything less than .375 in the pricing you're intending to hit.

3. Instead of attempting to cannibalize a market that you'll be unlikely to penetrate heavily (you're competing against Krieghoff and others), why not create a new market? Think about the idea of a modern homage to the classic British Paradox gun. I would think that someone could even make screw in chokes that feature the ratchet rifling so you could truly go from an upland gun to a large game gun easily, with better accuracy, all the while carrying a very traditional British arm that would accurately convey the AG&L mystique. I do not believe any firm makes a paradox gun today and it is ironic, since a paradox gun today could be very powerful and versatile in a way the originals could not. (e.g. screw in rifled chokes, heavier proof loads, etc)

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