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35 Whelen

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Old 11-04-2013, 10:21 AM
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35 Whelen

I know it's been discussed here before but can't find the thread in the 500 plus post.
I'm planing on having JES rebore a Winchester M70 in 30-06 to 35 Whelen and was looking for some suggestions on bullets and loads. Jes recommends his 1-12 twist for the Whelen so that will be the rate of twist, he also recomends the 3 grove barrel.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:37 AM
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Re: 35 Whelen

The .35 whelen is phenomenal 225 TSX or 225 accubond, or, if you can find some, the 225 ballistic tip. Nosler's 225 accubond (formerly ballistic tip) is specifically designed for this cartridge, with a BC of .430. I'm pretty sure no other .35 projectile comes close...

For powder, use Varget or RL-15.

The Nosler manual has the most powerful loads. I spoke with the folks at Nosler, apparently they simply applied the full pressure rating of the 30-06 cartridge to the .35 whelen and these were the loads they came up with.

I recommend a very stout scope mount, bedded to reciever and scope body with blue loctite. The leupold dovetail mounts didn't hold up well to my whelen.

PS. also a nice decelerator recoil pad....
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:12 AM
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Re: 35 Whelen

At the effective ranges of this rifle the 225 accubond would work fine but a regular spitzer or fp will work just fine too. This is the pill I'm tossing from my whelen; I'm using rl15 for the fuel. Ruger 77 Hawkeye with a 3-9 Burriss on top.
Speer Hot-Cor Bullets 35 Cal (358 Diameter) 220 Grain Flat Nose Box of
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:53 PM
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Re: 35 Whelen

My Whelen has a barrel with 6 lands and grooves, a 1:14" twist rate and I primarily shoot 225gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claws. It shoots them into sub 1" groups at 100 yrds.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:39 PM
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Re: 35 Whelen

I have an 35 AI w/ a 22" Shaw stainless with a 1:14" that loves RL15. I can push Barnes 225 XLC to 2880 and keep them under 1". Problem is Barnes no longer makes the XLC.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:39 PM
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Re: 35 Whelen

Thanks for the replies. It's just a matter of getting the rifle shipped to my dealer so I can get my project started.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:21 PM
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Re: 35 Whelen

Unless you're going to shoot the heavies (300 Woodleigh) you can use less twist. The 225's are likely where you'll end up, but who know's you might get a wild hair some day, and that 1:12" might be just what you need.
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