Moose medicine (9,3x53R)

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  1. sserlachius

    sserlachius Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    This is the first moose rifle I ever had and in 1974 did my "moose test" with. With the Sako ammo it's
    deadly on any game in Finland.:shocked2:

    Cheers and enjoy the hunting;

    SS
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Is this cartridge also known as the 9.3x53R Swiss? I had no idea that Winchester ever put it in their Model 1895. What a rare and wonderful combination!
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Wonder if that could be one of the 1895's Winchester sold to the Russian military around the WWI time frame or just prior to? Looks like a military ladder type rear sight. Those Finns were good at taking weapons away from the Russians.
     
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    I would have thought that all of those Russian rifles were chambered in 7.62x54. The 9.3x53R might use a very similar bolt face, however, so it might be simple to rebarrel a Russian rifle to that caliber. Maybe sserlachius can shed some light on it for us.
     
  5. sserlachius

    sserlachius Well-Known Member

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    Moose Medicine....

    Right you are. - That rifle was originally one of those "Russian Winchesters" 7,62x54R of which eventually
    after the Finnish Civil War and Russian Revolution there was a great surplus in Finland. Many of them were converted (by Sako and others) to moose calibers in 8 or 9mm (apparently the military caliber was at that time
    not permitted for hunting). The one I have, I inherited from my father and he had it converted in 1947 at a
    company in Helsinki called Schröder, which is still existing today (mainly for fishing equipment). Most probably
    Sako did the job for Schröder. - Sako still occasionally loads ammunition for this caliber. The rifle is very accurate; it´s light and comfortable to carry and to shoot. - If the rifle today would be in its original condition
    it would have some collector value, I suppose?

    Brgds,
    SS
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I think it is even more valuable than in original condition since it has its complete history with it. Fascinating, and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Another very nice combination of rifle and ammo! I think I would pick this one over the 303!
    This 9.3x53R is often known as the Finnish to distinguish it from the Swiss.

    I have one box of a bit older vintage. Nice to see it still in production, even if it is just occasional.
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