A chamber cast is definitely needed. In the 1976 Gun Digest there was included an excellent article on the 9.3 cartridges. I will list those mentioned: 9.3x72R Sauer & Sohn; 9.3x57 Norma; 9.3x62 DWM; 9.3x62 RWS; 9.3x64 DWM; 9.2x72R Norma; 9.3x74R DWM; 9.3x74R Norma....with all having different grain bullets and designs. Some of these old cartridges were quite good and very accurate without a great deal of recoil. I'm sure there are more calibers that were not mentioned. So have the 'cast' done and see what you have. Raimey is quite correct in that this old Sauer (73048 serial number) would have been made long before the 9.3x74R became a reality. Best regards, Jim Cate
Thank you very much Jim, Mark and Mike. Your comments are very helpful and I am learning a lot about drilings already! Here are some more pictures of this particular Sauer. I looked somewhere online and a gun like this was called a Sauer Model 26. I am not sure if this is correct or not. The pictures are taken using my mobile phone so the quality is not the best. I will go back to the seller and ask about the possibilty of a chamber cast.
P. S. Regarding reference material, I remember Safari Press had a book on J P Sauer rifles but they are sold out. What are other books on Sauer hunting rifles and drilings?
It is a Model 25 Sauer Drilling, and from my serial number data I would say it was made in the 1908 period. There were a lot of Sauer guns made between 1900 and the end of World War I. Many of these serial numbers are not sequential (following each other), so it can be confusing. I have another Drilling, 72809, noted in the database that is close to yours. It is a 12 gauge with 8x57R rifle caliber. Thanks for the photos, such as they are. Regards, Jim
I went to the shop today to discuss the possibility of a chamber cast but the person in charge of this drilling was not available. So I just took a few more pictures by my mobile phone. I also noticed that the forend wood has been repaired (a narrow crack) and also that some of the screws on the gun have been opened before. Other than these minor things it looks fine.