Now chaps - looking at getting a slot for my driven boar/general motrias calibre. Do I go for the trusty 30-06 or something a bit different, maybe something a bit spicy?
9.3 X 62 is "Grandfathered" in, in quite a few areas for Dangerous game.9.3x62 seems a popular choice with the locals. Why mess with what works? It'll comfortably take anything sort of the big 5, and in some countries it even legal for those. It's not a massive, hard recoiling cartridge like some of the big magnums but is quite capable of getting the job done.
I love mine. Ammunition availability was the reason my vote went to the 9.3x62. The Whelen is essentially a 9.1x63, so there's very little in it. It isn't the easiest thing to feed, although Raytrade generally have a stock of bullets and brass on the shelf here in the UK.35 Whelen if you fancy spicy and different, particularly if you aren't shooting out past 200m. Lightweight bullets (180gr) are available as well as copper if you want a flatter shooting trajectory with good penetration and the knockdown power of a wide meplat. If you are shooting boar in Europe though the convenience of being able to easily pick up factory ammo whilst there makes the 9.3x62 a good choice in comparison. Nathan Foster rates it highly on pigs: .35 Whelen where he says it performs "admirably" on "adrenalized running boar". He likes the 225gr Sierra Gamekings in it.