S&H 2 Bore compared to 9mm

I have blogged about the S&H 2 Bore cartridge before. The problem is visualizing such a massive cartridge with no reference. I asked Jay at Schroeder & Hetzendorfer if he could take a photo featuring a 2 bore and a common cartridge and he kindly obliged.

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9mm Parabellum vs. S&H 2-Bore. Click to expand the image.

9mm rifle cartridges are considered big bore, for example the .375 H&H*, yet the the caliber looks minuscule compared to the mighty 33mm (1.326″) caliber 2-Bore!

Individually the S&H 2-Bore Blackpowder Express cartridge cases sell for $49.50 each.

For more information and ordering visit Schroeder & Hetzendorfer.

A big thanks to Jay for the photo.
* Technically the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum uses a 9.5mm bullet.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • The recoil has got to be brutal on something that big. I am flinching right now just thinking about it!

  • jdun1911

    That’s going cost a lot of money to reload. Better save the brass.

  • I’ve wanted something in 4 bore for a while now, and I thought THAT was big..

    I don’t want to know how much pressure it takes to re-size those… or for that matter the cost of dies!

  • jack76

    you can’t compare 9mm Luger and .375 H&H they look nothing alike

  • Steve

    wow I’m 15 and i think a 12 gauge slug or nitro buck shot but this would knock me across a field and back wow… i wonder how much pressure it takes to form the brass. hmm the POWER IT MUST HAVE

  • Griffin

    looks more like a Cannon shell!

  • Dan

    The 9mm round almost looks like it could fit in the primer well on the 2 bore.