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    polar bear cartridge

    A work colleague just got back from doing fieldwork in eastern Greenland.

    They were issued with what he described as 'a very big gun' for polar bear protection.

    He described the cartridge as having very little bottleneck and no belt. The Danish army guys who were with him apparently said it was a military round.

    Does anyone know what it might have been??

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    Not much of a clue Mungo, it could be almost anything - 8x57, .308/7.62, .30-06.
    Did they say it was a cartridge specifically used by the Danes or could it have been a military cartridge used by another nation?
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Could be a 9.3x64. Russians military use it as an armour piercing sniper rifle. Could also be a 8x57 I suppose.

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    Did he mention what the actual rifle was. I'm thinking along the lines of the old Huskvana 9.3 or the 8x57 K98.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    I know it's not much description to go on! Definitely none of the conventional 30 cal militeary rounds - the case was almost straight sided (no bottleneck).

    I saw a picture of the rifle itself: modern synthetic stock, stainless steel barrel and action, what looked like a Mauser type action. Top loading with a hinged floorplate.

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    30 carbine?
    Blaser K95 Stutzen - the ultimate deer stalking rifle

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    Here's a pic of the Russian 9.3 ammo. Can't think of another big bullet fired out of a military bolt action that would meet your description, there's the .338 LM but that has more of a bottle neck. If it is a straight walled case, it could be a .45-70, which obviously was a mill cartridge, but you wouldn't find it in a bolt rifle to my knowledge

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    Quote Originally Posted by mchughcb View Post
    30 carbine?
    Definitely not. Cases were described as at least as long as .30-06.

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    Possibly a 22 hornet....shoot your companion in the knee with it and RUN!!!

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