9.3x72 NORM

Another item from the Misc Junk box. It’s a 9.3x72 I assume by RWS. This may be a dumb question but what does the NORM stand for?

3x72%20hs

Thanks
Paul

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German “Normalisiert” meaning to
a standardised dimension.
Many German Sporting cartridges carried this indication.
Standard dimensions used by Ammo Makers and Gunsmiths usually in Shutzen and Drillings.
The 9.3x72R is a common European Drilling cartridge.

Doc AV

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Doc AV

Thanks for the quick reply. Not really in my area of collecting so I had no clue. It’s always good to learn something new.

Paul

There are some notes on the Normalisation process in Germany here:

https://forum.cartridgecollectors.org/t/8-57-mauser-with-headstamp-m-88-8-norm/10923/4

As DocAV writes, the designation today is 9.3x72R, but the official use of an R for indicating a rimmed case was introduced later (after WW1) than the “Normalisierung” of the case dimensions. This caliber was one of the first four, standardized in 1909. This is why the headstamp only shows 9.3x72.

Thank you everyone for your replies.

Paul