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.35 whelen loads

 
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:11 PM
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.35 whelen loads

I know,not really a long range cartridge but I love mine.Are any of you guys out there using one, if so what kind of bullets and powder works for you.Nosler lists a load that pushes a 225 gr. at about 2750 with R15,sounds kind of optimistic to me but I think I will try that unless you guys give me a better idea.Thank you for any input or comments.
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:31 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

I've read good things about the RL15 but since I didn't have any, I'm using Varget and 225gr TSX bullets.

Mine is an old ADL rebarrelled with a new CDL takeoff. The action and 1" of the barrel is bedded, then free floated, with a trigger job, decelerator pad and vxII 4-12x40. I don't have impossible accuracy expectations for this gun, and I'm happy with it.

If I stick with cold bore shooting, I'm holding 1.25" groups at 150yards. I'm using 57gr Varget to produce just under 2600fps. During initial load development (Jan-Feb) I achieved 2700fps but didn't feel good about it - very flat & cratered primer. Besides, I'll be hunting mostly in summer with this gun (pigs) so I don't want any surprises. This should be hell on pigs!

I used winchester 30-06 brass, run straight through the 35whelen RCBS FL die and now I partially size without bumping the shoulder. Seems to work nicely. The brass was substantially shorter than spec, so I didn't trim at all, even after 3 firings. I just did the standard flash hole debur, ID/OD chamfer, polished the case mouth and primer pocket uniform (now just a primer pocket brush) Recently I annealed some of my brass - we'll see if there's any effect on accuracy, I doubt it...
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:32 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

I just recently got a mauser custom in 35 Whelen. I haven't loaded for it yet, as I'm waiting to get a scope mount for it in the mail. When I do I'm gonna load either 225gr. Sierra gamekings, 250gr. Hornady IL, or 250gr. Hornady RN. I've got 2 lbs of RL15 I'm gonna give a try.

www.35cal.com


That fellow seems to have quite a bit of experience with the 35 cal rifles.

Good luck with your rifle. Eric
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:27 AM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

Thanks for the comments.Mine is a F.N. mauser,shilen barrel,timney trigger and is expertly bedded in a M.P.I.stock.I found it used and had to have it.I bought it for much less than it would have cost to build it.I,ve shot 225 gr. sierras and 250 gr.speers so far and the 250s are much better accuracy wise,both with IMR 4320.The 250s easily shoot sub moa at 100 yds.I live in brushy blacktail country and hunt alot in the rain.Wounded game can be hard to find when it is raining and the cover is thick.I,m confident the 35 Whelen will put em down.The whelen comes aweful close to .338 wm performance in more compact package.I also use 30-06 brass but resize in two steps useing a .338 cal expander ball first,then the .35 cal.Case lube applied with a bore mop in the necks makes it easy.I also polish the expander balls by chucking them up in a drill motor and useing scotchbright then metal polish.I hope to be effective to about 500 yards with it,where it still has over 1500 foot pounds.Anyway I need to get some R15 and 225 accubonds and see how it does.Classic calibers and rifles are fun.Take Care.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:34 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

Any one have a reload recipe for h414 powder?
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:20 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

Might want to give RL 17 a try in your Whelen for more velocity.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:50 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

Today I shot test loads with varget and225 ballistic tips. Did not pressure out like the tsx, loaded up to nosler max 60.5gr gave me2805fps. I will shoot some groups next time. These were seated at 3.340" coal
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