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Posted: October 06 2018 at 11:27pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Put some venison in the freezer today. Love this little 93 Mauser sporter. Haven't killed a deer with a jacketed bullet since 2009, have used several .30s, a .32, couple of .35s and a .45-70, but this was the smallest bore yet and it worked fine.


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Very cool. And a good rifle I'd like to have.
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Posted: October 08 2018 at 4:51am | IP Logged Quote beerd

Nice one!
What bullet & alloy did you use? Any idea of velocity?
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It's an old, discontinued Lyman/Ideal, 287308 which was factory hollow pointed, but I shortened the stem so the HP is only about 3/16ths deep. The bullet weighs right at 165 grains dressed, so heavy for a 7mm. Load is 30 grains of IMR 3031, which, according to the RCBS cast bullet manual should be around 1950 FPS.

Alloy is what has worked for me with .30 flat nosed designs, 50/50 wheel weights to pure with 1.6 ounce (1%) tin added. I should slow down the velocity of harden the alloy, I think. It was obvious that it expanded violently, still managed to penetrate nearly the length of the deer. I found the bullet, probably not half it's original weight, but it made it to just under the skin forward of the brisket. She probably wasn't on her feet five seconds after the shot, but I did have to look for her, so no DRT. Had I waited for a broadside shot, it would have been better, but a quick kill nonetheless.

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Before and after picture. Bullet as loaded weighs 166 grains, recovered bullet weighed 79 grains after going through about two and a half feet of deer.


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Posted: October 11 2018 at 1:05pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Nice lookin' M93. I have one back in 1973 that you would have sworn
was a Rigby. It came out of some little gun makers shop in England and
had British proof marks. I lived in a little old Nevada cow town back then
and the only ammo I could find was the 175 gr. Federal. That bullet cost
me the very first deer I ever lost. Sold the gun shortly after and have
been kicking myself ever since.
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