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#225194 04/09/11 11:27 PM
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I've never before paid attention to this calibre, only in passing with its comparisons to the .375 H&H, etc.

I might have to look around soon, though;depends on a couple things (and yes, money is one of them!)

I know I'll have to reload for this eventually, but is it a readily available cartridge here in the USA? Do any manufacturers sell loaded cartridges, and if so, what brands?

Seems I read awhile back that Ruger was ging to add it to the No.1 offerings. If true, I imagine that would be incentive for domestic cartridges offered for sale.

Any help is most appreciated.

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Kid,
This round is readily available by Norma, S&B & others. So if you want factory and don't mind paying factory prices you will have no problem getting the fodder.
This round is also easily reloaded with components available from places like Buffalo Arms at resonable prices.
It also can be loaded down for practice,easy recoil and small to mediam size N American game.
I had a Merkel 140 in this calaber and liked it a lot.
Bob Jurewicz

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Hornady produces it:
http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=99099

Joe at the drilling hotline has some S&B, also some Hornady dangerous game.
http://www.drillinghotline.com/index.shtml

The 9.3x74R is capable of taking elephant. However, in many African countries it is not legal to do so. The 375 H&H is the legal minimum for dangerous game.

I have a 357 H&H Ackley Improved in a custom Mauser. It was intended for Brown Bear, but that is not going to happen any time soon, if ever.

For many the double rifles the 9.3 is the best choice.

The Ruger is around
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=223879944

Pete

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Many Thanks, gentlemen. To add to my query, what's the word on Chapuis DRs? I have an opportunity to get one at a reasonable cost.

The only double rifles I own are an Alex Henry BPE .450 3 1/4 and an ancient Lang 18 bore muzzleloader.

Both are great rifles and well over 100 years old. I just don't know much about modern arms.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Again, thanks for the cartridge help and leads. - Marc

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I have only heard good things about the Chapuis! Base rifles start at about $4600. One with extras has been for sale on either Nitro Express or Accurate Reloadings for months at $4000. New rifles are available from Kebco.
I too have a 450 BPE-Great calaber.
Bob Jurewicz

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The Chapuis is a fine but somewhat light weight rifle. A very good value for the money. I have one (9.3X74)that was built to my specs. Dale Nygard of

http://www.heirloomarmes.com/inventory.htm

did a couple of group buys for the AR forum gang and they were great. Make sure that you order QD at the same time, if you get new. That one advertized at NE and AR if a great shooting rifle from targets he's shown. It has been used and has wood scratches but still has a lot of life left in it..

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Thanks again, guys - What do you think of the one hoser is selling (page 1 of the sale forum)?

He's offered a "deal" but it still seems high. Don't know for sure.

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A nice one, looks upgraded. The seller is open to offers so...
I have a few doubles in this great caliber and enjoy shooting them.

With kind regards,
Jani

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His wood is an upgrade for sure. That's going to make it worth more. Since he lives in Calif and they have a lead bullet ban in effect and since he doesn't reload... He hasn't been able to find someone to build rounds for him. I think that it's still unfired by him as he states.
It's a fine rifle if it's as good as mine.

Check some of the online sources already named and look at the prices at some of the auction sites for a more informed decision.

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This is a Chapuis from Ken's site:
http://www.kebcollc.com/cart/store.php?crn=226&rn=406&action=show_detail

I have done business with Ken. He is as honest as they come.

Here is a Sabatti from Cabelas. Take a good look at the target in the background.

Pete

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